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SCI 59 W — Genetics Across the Lifespan: New Ways to Improve Your Health (CANCELLED)

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Apr 22—Jun 7
Drop Deadline: Apr 25
Unit: 1
Tuition: $390
Instructor(s): Claudia Mikail
Limit: 30
Status: Cancelled
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 25 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 30 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Apr 22—Jun 7
7 weeks
Drop By
Apr 25
1 Unit
Claudia Mikail
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is April 25 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is April 30 at 5:00 pm (PT).
How does genetics affect our health? Can advances in genomics change our ability to prevent disease? And how can expanding our knowledge of genetics help us protect our own health and the health of our children and loved ones? This course will begin with a brief history of human genetics and a review of basic molecular genetics. From there, we will learn about the role of genetics in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease throughout the lifecycle—from the pre-pregnancy and prenatal periods, through adulthood, and into old age. Along the way, we will discuss the value and limits of genetic testing (offered by doctors or direct-to-consumer services like 23andMe) to identify risk for Down syndrome, autism, asthma, cancer, diabetes, mental illness, and other conditions. Students will also explore how genetic mutations can be transmitted in families and various ethnic groups, how they interact with environmental influences, and how lifestyle choices may counteract harmful genetic mutations and help restore our health. We will discuss relevant social issues as well, including privacy risks and genetic discrimination, in a world where genetic data is being collected, shared, and studied on an ever-widening scale. By the end of this course, students will possess a better understanding of their DNA and its impact on their lives and well-being.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 30 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Claudia Mikail, Physician, Center for Preventive Care and Genetics, Woodland Hills

Claudia Mikail is board certified in preventive medicine and the author of Public Health Genomics: The Essentials. She has served on the ACPM Genomics Advisory Board and APHA Genomics Forum. She received an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an MPH from Columbia, and completed an NIH fellowship in medical genetics at UCLA.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Claudia Mikail, Public Health Genomics: The Essentials (ISBN 9780787986841)