Hong Kong Polytechnic University Free Online Course on Human Anatomy

Hong Kong Polytechnic University is offering free online course on Human Anatomy. This course is intended for anyone interested in understanding more about the human body.

The overall objective of this course is to explore the structure of the human body through a real life case scenario of stroke from six healthcare professional perspectives. The course will start on June 30, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 4-8 weeks
Effort:  1-6 hours per week (depending on background)
Subject: Biology & Life Sciences
Institution: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and edX
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $50.
Session: Course starts on June 30, 2017

Providers’ Details

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is offering the course via renowned online platform edX. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is committed to education and preparing students to becoming global citizens through quality learning and teaching.  It is internationally known for our excellence in professional education and innovative research.

This online platform edX provides online courses from the world’s best universities.  EdX courses are open to everyone. All applicant need is access to a computer with a current browser, an Internet connection, and, of course, a desire to learn.

About This Course

Human Anatomy is fundamental to every medical and healthcare professional. However, the science of anatomy and effects of stroke are also extremely useful to anyone interested in understanding more about the human body. In this course, applicant shall gain an understanding of the basic concepts of anatomy and learn to ‘dissect’ the human body with a logical approach through a typical clinical case of stroke.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Throughout the course, applicants will explore the structure of the human body through a real life case scenario of stroke from six healthcare professional perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

-Effects of stroke on the human body
-Anatomy of relevant body systems at gross and histological levels
-Services provided by healthcare professionals for stroke patients
-Relevant knowledge of anatomy for application of clinical procedures

Course Format

The course structure is as follows:

Module 1: Presentation of a stroke case scenario with a micro movie, case summary and interview with the stroke survivor.

Module 2: General knowledge of human anatomy related to the stroke case, including organs of important body systems, anatomical orientation, skeletal and muscular system, nervous system and special senses, and cardiovascular and pulmonary system.

Module 3: Rounding up the course with six healthcare-discipline specific role play videos and lectures given by visiting professors.


John Yuen, William Tsang, Helen Law, Shamay Ng, Margaret O Donoghue, Josephine Lau, Kevan MA Gartland, Roger Watson, Patrick Brennan, Helen Eng, Kit Sinclair and Judi Laprade



How To Join This Course

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