Medical Neuroscience

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Explore the structure and function of the human central nervous system. Learn why knowledge of human neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neural plasticity, and new discovery in the brain sciences matters for clinical practice in the health professions.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
I had not studied neuroscience per se, but had a solid health science background with the typical exposure to undergrad biological science concentration. The first unit was a fantastic review of some of those basic concepts and built a more in-depth understanding of the cellular processes involved. Given that background, and it was a couple of decades into the past, getting through and keeping up with this course was a tremendous challenge. The content provided is exceptional. I did purchase the optional textbook and used the textbook website to quiz my retention of the information regularly. I also used the optional Sylvius website, which also was incredibly helpful. The instructor, Dr. White, is fantastic. He has a sweet personality and gentle nature on camera that's endearing. I know this isn't necessary for learning the material, but it helped greatly that he didn't have any annoying mannerisms that detracted from the teachings. ... I had not studied neuroscience per se, but had a solid health science background with the typical exposure to undergrad biological science concentration. The first unit was a fantastic review of some of those basic concepts and built a more in-depth understanding of the cellular processes involved. Given that background, and it was a couple of decades into the past, getting through and keeping up with this course was a tremendous challenge. The content provided is exceptional. I did purchase the optional textbook and used the textbook website to quiz my retention of the information regularly. I also used the optional Sylvius website, which also was incredibly helpful. The instructor, Dr. White, is fantastic. He has a sweet personality and gentle nature on camera that's endearing. I know this isn't necessary for learning the material, but it helped greatly that he didn't have any annoying mannerisms that detracted from the teachings. His presence is quite the opposite. As for the platform itself, I can say that Coursera doesn't have one of the best classroom forum organizational structures among the MOOC selections. Regardless, the TAs are incredibly knowledgeable, attentive and helpful. You can be assured if you post a question that there will be a knowledgeable response to it within 24 hours, and often times within an hour or less. This is highly impressive. The forums are managed well and it's rare to see a rude and/or insensitive comment go unaddressed. All in all, this was a huge time commitment for me, and one that I'm incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work toward. I did finish, I did pass, and I did earn the verified certificate, all making it a worthwhile undertaking. In the end, even if I hadn't achieved a passing grade and certificate, the knowledge gained in the attempt would have enhanced my understanding of myself and those around me. Anyone who dares to take on the same challenge will see what I mean within the first week or two.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
Hard work, but totally worth it. Dr White is an amazing professor. I appreciated the combo of CNS anatomy and function. Preparing for the functional anatomy exams I have been looking at hundreds of pictures of the brain, from virtually every angle, and I now know so much more than I did when I started out.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
No puedo expresarme correctamente en inglés aunque lo leo con fluidez. Pido disculpas pues por expresarme en mi idioma, pero no puedo dejar de expresar mi mas profundo agradecimiento al Dr. White, a la Universidad Duke, al "staff" de Medical Neuroscience y a Coursera por esta oportunidad única de refrescar y aprender nuevas cuestiones acerca de esta fascinante especialidad. Recomendaré este curso a aquellos de mis compañeros que se interesenn por él. Es posible que yo mismo repita el año que viene. Thank you very much !
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10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 8 months ago
Although I didn't manage to finish this course in the time given I have every intention of continuing to study it at my own pace. Hopefully there'll be another presentation soon which I'll be more prepared for. This is easily the best MOOC I have done. Dr White is a superb teacher and is obviously extremely knowledgeable in the field of neuroscience. It's not an easy course by any stretch of the imagination but I think that's what makes it so good! The discussion forums are enthusiastically run by the TA's who are all very quick to help and answer questions. If you only ever do one MOOC, this is the one to do!
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4 years, 8 months ago
Great course, very well structured with excellent delivery. The resources provided along with the discussion forums were very helpful. Being able to download the content is a huge benefit allowing for future reference and ongoing development!
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4 years, 8 months ago
A rigorously planned and brilliantly executed course by the Instructor, and excellent support provided by the Teaching Assistants.My only regret is the short time scale allotted to such an intensive curriculum for the 'non-professional' audience. Another eight weeks and maybe we would all have made it through to the level of expectancy required by the teaching staff.I would definitely recommend this course and trust it will be reiterated. Thank you to all, including the provider, who has made it available to us..
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
I cannot praise this course highly enough. It opens thorough and substantial knowledge to everyone, and does this in a way that is challenging and satisfying, respects the intelligence of the student, actively communicates interest and energy, and gives as close a possible to a real campus experience and the feeling of participating to a community of learners. The materials are of excellent quality and designed with inspiring thoughtfulness, professionalism, generosity and insight into how learning can be best guided. The instructor engages on the forums and through hangouts and communicates active respect and sympathy for each student, as well as respect and enthusiasm for the field and for good science in general. The team of community teaching assistants is exceptionally competent and dedicated. Many of the students seem knowledgeable and with a real commitment to learning and helping. I cannot do justice to how much I have learne... I cannot praise this course highly enough. It opens thorough and substantial knowledge to everyone, and does this in a way that is challenging and satisfying, respects the intelligence of the student, actively communicates interest and energy, and gives as close a possible to a real campus experience and the feeling of participating to a community of learners. The materials are of excellent quality and designed with inspiring thoughtfulness, professionalism, generosity and insight into how learning can be best guided. The instructor engages on the forums and through hangouts and communicates active respect and sympathy for each student, as well as respect and enthusiasm for the field and for good science in general. The team of community teaching assistants is exceptionally competent and dedicated. Many of the students seem knowledgeable and with a real commitment to learning and helping. I cannot do justice to how much I have learned from this course or what a positive influence it has been.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
I studied Cognitive Neuroscience at the graduate level at University, although I do not use my knowledge in my current occupation. I initially wanted to get a specialization certificate including Medical Neuroscience in order to brush up on my basic knowledge. Instead, I am walking away with a renewed passion for the subject, and the desire to modify my career path so that I may continue to explore the subject regularly. Dr. White is an engaging and delightful professor, and I am constantly laughing along with him at the wonder of the human brain. The course material is exquisitely detailed and organized, and the accompanying text and tutorial notes are a perfect match. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
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5 years, 8 months ago
I've taken several Coursera courses but this was by far the most demanding of all. It is also the one from which I've learned the most. I have a (sort of) Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the top university in my country (Argentina) and I'm sad to say Medical Neuroscience delved into the subject with much more depth than any of the subjects I took at uni. If you have the time, I highly recommend taking it. All the hours and effort put in it will be definitely worth it. It may look like too much at first, but the due dates are placed so that you can take the quizzes and exams in time even if you're a little behind. I've just finished it but can't wait to take it again :)
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5 years, 8 months ago
I just finished Dr. White's Medical Neuroscience. I cannot say enough positive things about how Dr. White taught this very difficult course. His enthusiasm never flagged. He was meticulously organized. He didn't cut corners - this course is, shall we say, the real deal. It is not a watered down version of a medical neuroscience course, but what is taught to medical and physical therapy students. He is very honest at the beginning about the work load. Folks, this Is tough material. I understand from my physician that medical neuroscience is regarded by the majority of students as one of the hardest, if not the hardest course, in the first 2 years of medical school. BE PREPARED TO WORK IF YOU WANT TO BENEFIT FROM THE COURSE. But also know that Dr. White is working as hard as you are to give you a great introduction to neuroscience.
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5 years, 11 months ago
A stunningly comprehensive introductory course, with wonderful lectures, one of the best neuroscience textbooks I have examined (it is a recommended text, not a required one), an extremely attentive TA in the Discussion Forums, and challenging examinations. The weekly time commitment for the course is significant. This might turn away some potential students. However, if you can't meet the time commitment, the course is full of gems of knowledge for the more selective eye.
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6 years, 1 month ago
It is an excellent course. It is comprehensive and engaging. When you complete it, you really got an understanding in Neuroscience. Dr. Leonard White is a remarkable instructor. This course does not compare at all with all others MOOCs. You will definetely need a lot of time to do it. But it is worth it. If you're willing to put time and effort into it, you won't regret taking this class.
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6 years, 3 months ago
An amazing course, which is order of magnitude more well-prepared and comprehensive than most (all?) other MOOC courses. In the same time, it is accessible to a newcomer willing to invest a lot of time into it. If you pass the course, you will understand both how your brain and nerves work and where to look for a lesion if it does not.
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