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“Our job is to teach the students, but HMX really gets at how students learn. That is what makes it so unique.”

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Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine

“The modules are created in a way that puts students at the center and makes them feel engaged in learning.”

Charnchai Panthongviriyakul
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
Khon Kaen University, Thailand

“Students who have taken the courses seem to have a deeper understanding of the subject, which is evident in the way they answer questions and through an improvement in their grades.”

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Research Professor
Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico

“This collaboration benefited our students immensely and provided benchmarking of their performance to international standards.”

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Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Macau University of Science and Technology

Why HMX?

Harvard Medical School’s online courses offer a unique, flexible complement to your curriculum, backed by the latest in learning science.

With HMX courses, you can:

  • Prepare students to hit the ground running and get the most out of your courses
  • Extend your school’s curriculum with online materials to augment or flip the classroom experience
  • Bring fundamental principles and clinical applications to life for your students with interactive multimedia experiences and videos with real patients
  • Feed forward into your own curriculum – benefit from rich analytics about students’ interactions and learning gains, points of confusion, and completion statistics

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Key Course Offerings

HMX Fundamentals

HMX Fundamentals courses provide an in-depth overview of foundational topics in medical science.

Immunology covers principles that are important for understanding innate and adaptive immunological responses. Topics covered include innate immunity and inflammation, microbial recognition and responses, antibodies, lymphocyte development and diversity, T cell activation by antigens, T cell-dependent B cell responses, helper T cells, cytotoxic T cells, failures of the immune system, and novel immune therapies.

Genetics provides an overview of key concepts behind the evolving fields of human genetics, genomics, and precision medicine. Topics covered include the central dogma and genetic variation, Mendelian inheritance of disease, chromosomal aberrations, the genetics of cancer, common complex traits, human population genetics, genome sequencing and editing, and pharmacogenomics.

Pharmacology provides a basis for understanding how drugs and other therapeutics are used in the treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders. Topics covered include drug classes and nomenclature, pharmacokinetics, targets of drug action, pharmacodynamics, drug toxicity, and drug discovery and development.

Biochemistry focuses on the foundational principles and themes in biochemistry, spanning from the molecular up to the whole organism, with a focus on how chemical processes intersect with human disease. Topics covered include the rules of energy, how energy is harnessed, how energy is transformed, cellular specialization, compartmentalization of biochemical pathways, and the chemistry of life.

Physiology covers principles that are important for understanding multiple organ systems, showing how this knowledge comes into play in patient care. Topics covered include partial pressure, movement of body fluids, flow through tubes, compliance, supply and demand, transmural pressure, dynamic and steady state conditions, acid–base, homeostasis, and exercise physiology.


HMX Pro courses are designed to get learners up to speed on the latest advances in medical science.

Cancer Genomics and Precision Oncology covers key topics related to the intersection between cancer and genetics, and demonstrates how that knowledge is being applied to cancer diagnosis and treatment. Topics covered include cancer mutations, cancer gene functions, tumor sequencing, cancer therapeutics, active immunotherapies, and more.

Immuno-oncology helps participants understand how the immune system is being harnessed for cutting-edge cancer treatments such as checkpoint blockade and CAR T cell therapy.

Genetic Testing and Sequencing Technologies covers current genetic testing approaches and sequencing technologies, with a look at how improved testing can move health care forward. Topics covered include clinical genetic testing approaches, sequencing technologies, and emerging areas like DNA methlyation testing, long read sequencing, and more.

Vaccines and Viral Immunology covers cutting-edge developments in the creation of vaccines to prevent viral infections. Topics covered include viral pathogenesis, invasion, and replication; evasion mechanisms of specific viruses; and types of vaccines.

Novel Therapies for Chronic Inflammation, Autoimmunity, and Allergy explores how advanced knowledge of the immune system is enabling cutting-edge treatments for chronic inflammation and related diseases. Topics covered include the immunology of inflammatory disease, anti-cytokine therapies, and therapies that target immune cells, migration, and signaling.

Drug Delivery covers advances in drug delivery systems, approaches, and technologies, and demonstrates how improved drug delivery can improve patient experiences and outcomes.

Student Testimonials

Students with a range of backgrounds have found HMX courses helpful in preparing them for success in medical school and beyond.

“It’s really good as an introduction to understand what the basics are, what you need to know, and what you need to study more.”

Stella Goeschl
Medical University of Vienna, Austria

“It really made a lot of things come together that I didn’t have the time to think about or understand at the beginning of medical school.”

Ana De Pina
University of New England College of Medicine

“These courses exceeded all expectations…even though I’m in the last year of medical school, I learned every week.”

Sofia Hincapie Arias
Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador

“The strength of the HMX program is that it explains difficult concepts in more easily understandable language.”

Kitae Park
New York Medical College