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HMX Fundamentals Courses

Apply now for the next HMX Fundamentals course period.


The HMX Fundamentals series features courses on foundational topics important for a variety of health care careers, including biochemistry, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, and physiology.

Our next course period begins September 8 – there’s no application fee ($35) required through June 30.

Course Information

Upcoming course periods

September 8 – November 20, 2020 | Apply now through August 18
Tuition waiver application deadline: Tuesday, August 4 at 12 noon US ET

January 12 – March 26, 2021 | Application opens August 19
April 6 – June 18, 2021 | Application opens December 9


Time commitment

Each course is 10 weeks long. New lessons are released weekly, and material remains available until the course closes. Expect to spend 3-6 hours per course per week.


Course cost

US$800 for an individual course
US$1000 for a two-course bundle ($500 per course)
US$1425 for a three-course bundle ($475 per course)
US$1800 for a four-course bundle ($450 per course)
US$2125 for all five HMX Fundamentals courses ($425 per course)

Note: Courses in a bundle must all be completed during the same course period.

Partial tuition waivers are available for each course period – you can request one by answering some additional questions on the application (the deadline to request a tuition waiver for the summer 2020 course period was May 5 at 12 noon US ET). Learn more about payment.


Eligibility and prerequisites

We recommend a background in basic biology, chemistry, and physics. No advanced knowledge is required for HMX Fundamentals courses.

Read about others who have taken HMX courses.


Certificates available

Certificate of Achievement
Certificate of Completion

Individual Courses

Physiology

Learn foundational physiology concepts like partial pressure, compliance, and supply and demand, and see how they relate to the working of biological systems – and to patient treatment.

Learn more about physiology course topics and faculty. 

Immunology

Understand how the innate and adaptive immune systems function to protect the body – and see how key immunology concepts are linked to the treatment of disease.

Learn more about immunology course topics and faculty. 



Genetics

Learn key concepts of genetics as they relate to inheritance of disease, population-specific risk, and genetic testing – and see how increased knowledge of the human genome is applied in clinical settings.

Learn more about genetics course topics and faculty. 

Biochemistry

Understand fundamental biochemical principles like the rules of energy and cellular specialization – and see how these concepts apply in real-life scenarios and clinical settings.

Learn more about biochemistry course topics and faculty. 


Pharmacology

Understand how drugs act in the body, and see how pharmacology principles are applied in clinical settings and in drug discovery and development.

Learn more about pharmacology course topics and faculty. 

Course Bundles

You can create the bundle that is right for you by selecting which courses you want to take when you apply. While it is possible to take any bundle of concurrent courses, suggested possibilities include the following combinations. Note: Courses in a bundle must all be completed during the same course period.

Five-course or any four-course bundle

For those who are committed to seriously preparing for programs (for example, medical, nursing, PA, etc.), taking four courses or all five courses represents the best overall value. If you follow this route, please plan to set aside several hours per day to get the most out of the courses.

Three-course bundles

  • Immunology, Genetics, and Biochemistry – If you are interested in learning Genetics and Immunology, but don’t feel fully confident in your knowledge of the molecular and metabolic foundations of health and disease, take this bundle.
  • Physiology, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry – Take these three courses to understand the physiological basis of various diseases as well as the basis of their pharmacological treatment. Knowledge of biochemistry will give you deeper grounding for what you learn in Pharmacology.

Two-course bundles

  • Immunology and Genetics – Advances in genetics and immunology are leading to an improved understanding of disease, and translating into better diagnostics and treatments. With this course bundle, you will gain an understanding of these rapidly evolving fields and how they relate to the practice of medicine.
  • Physiology and Biochemistry – Most disease processes have a physiological and a molecular basis. With this course bundle, you will gain an understanding of processes at an organ system level and tie this knowledge to an understanding of molecular and metabolic foundations.
  • Physiology and Pharmacology – Select this bundle to understand the basis of many conditions at an organ system level as well as the pharmacological principles underlying treatment.