CRISPR: Gene-editing Applications Online Short Course


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Program Description


The Harvard VPAL CRISPR: Gene-editing Applications online short course offers an overview of CRISPR gene-editing technology and its potential application across various industries. In this course, you will gain an understanding of how CRISPR enhances current genetic engineering practices. Learn to analyze the potential that this powerful disruptive biotechnology has to transform agriculture, renewable energy, and healthcare.

During this course, you’ll:

  • Review the impact that DNA integrity has on the characteristics of an organism.
  • Discover the significant ways that CRISPR can be applied to different industries and understand how to evaluate investment opportunities in this market.
  • Explore the possibilities of curing inherited genetic disorders, treating infectious diseases, such as HIV, and advancing the fight against cancer, through real-world case studies.
  • Learn to implement ethical guidelines for the use of CRISPR.

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Course structure

This eight-week online short course gives you the opportunity to earn a premier certificate from Harvard's VPAL while expanding your knowledge of CRISPR. Manage your schedule by allocating 7 to 10 hours to your studies each week, and learn at your own pace. Each module is released weekly, allowing a flexible but structured approach to learning.

This online course integrates rich, interactive media, such as videos, infographics, and e-learning activities. It also includes traditional didactic components, such as case studies and written module notes. As is characteristic of the case-method approach, you’ll engage in collaborative learning through discussion forums. You’ll feel confident with your student submissions with 24/7 student support from GetSmarter for your learning journey.

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Who would benefit?

Professionals looking for an introduction to the fundamental principles of gene-editing and how CRISPR functions as a gene-editing tool would benefit from this course. Similarly, those interested in the disruptive potential of CRISPR/Cas9 technology across various industries such as healthcare, agriculture, food, and biofuel would find value in this course. Other professionals who would benefit include venture capitalists, who want to acquire the knowledge to make informed investment decisions based on this disruptive technology, patent lawyers seeking overarching knowledge of a future-focused industry, and policymakers, who want to foster a greater understanding of the ethical considerations of adopting CRISPR technology.

How to register

There are no registration fees or academic prerequisites for this online course. It is available to work professionals, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. However, in order to complete a course, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word or Excel.

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This online short course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leaders in digital education, GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Technology meets academic rigor in GetSmarter’s people-mediated model, which enables lifelong learners across the globe to obtain industry-relevant skills that are certified by the world’s most reputable academic institutions. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals. View the Harvard VPAL CRISPR: Gene-editing Applications online short course on the GetSmarter website to find out about upcoming course dates, the course price, and further information.

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What are the prerequisites?

There are no academic prerequisites for the course.

Can my employer assist with payment?

By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you contribute to the success of your organization. Put forward a proposal to your employer to cover the cost of the course. Here is a guide to show you how to ask for financial assistance from your employer.

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Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Harvard University's Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, has established a high-quality environment for education to keep Harvard at the forefront ... Read More

Harvard University's Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, has established a high-quality environment for education to keep Harvard at the forefront of learning innovation. Harvard VPAL is the strategic online learning initiative, which connects the prestigious Harvard Schools to students across the globe. Read less
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