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Professional Development Offerings

2016 Week-long Summer Workshops

The Tufts Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences and the Great Diseases offer graduate-level courses each summer. Each course is content-focused and takes place as an intensive one-week training to provide you with the background to teach the selected disease module in your high school classroom.


Teaching Metabolic Disease: June 27-July 1st at the Teach for America campus in downtown San Francisco

Teaching Neurological Disorders: July 11-15th in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Teaching Cancer: July 11-15th at the Tufts Medical Campus in downtown Boston

Teaching Infectious Disease: July 18-22nd at the Tufts Medical Campus in downtown Boston

2016 One-Day Workshop

This summer we welcome Great Diseases alumni and newcomers to a new workshop developed to help you use case studies in your biology classroom. This workshop focuses on the interrupted case study as a pedagogical approach to bring authentic scientific practices and thinking to your students.

Teaching Biomedical Case Studies: August 8th at the Tufts Medical Campus in downtown Boston

Other PD Options:

Online Teaching Infectious Disease

  • Teaching Infectious Disease is offered online and can be taken for graduate credit. All teachers are welcome! This is a collaborative course created by Lesley University and Tufts Medical School. It is offered multiple times a year and can be taken for CEUs or graduate credits.

 Online training with a scientist partner 

  • Did you miss the summer workshops but are interested in using Great Diseases materials? Personalized support is available by request. Fill out the form in the sidebar to connect with a scientist.