I used to be in a statistics career field and use some of that knowledge for this course. I absolutely feel like it's easier to spot fraud and will help me have a critical eye for so many other areas!
Well organized and informative content. Dr. Wilson was an engaging and knowledgeable faculty member; I look forward to enrolling in another course under his leadership.\n\nCalvin E Woodland, EdD, PsyD
by Diane F•
As a retired college professor who was involved in online learning in its infancy, I am impressed with the outstanding utilization of lecture + graphics + internet.
This particular course is a must-view for everyone, particularly during a pandemic when social media proliferates with phony bits of data masked to look and sound like scientific bits of data.
An added bonus for me is Dr. Wilson's humor and narrative style.
Thank you for offering this most excellent course.
by Kenneth A•
Honestly an excellent course! I teach online. I take courses online and I have spent an embarrassing number of years studying at universities. This was a very good course.
The best part (aside from the professor's obvious intellectual enthusiasm for the subject matter and that COVID is absorbing all the world's newsprint and electrons right now) is that the professor really taught to the big take-ways. Not only did he summarize them at the end, but he really focused the course on creating an intuitive understanding of the key points and did not get too involved in the details that one is doomed to forget.
by Luis R B•
I think the title of the course "Your Facebook Friend is Wrong" causes the course to be seriously missed. "Understanding Medical Research" would suffice
by Amber U•
This course is fantastic. I have a PhD and consider myself very analytic, but I was unaware of the vast majority of issues discussed here. I will never look at medical research the same way again, and I will always look more closely with everything I learned in this course in mind!
by Suresh P•
Of the many classes I have taken on Coursera, this will be one of the the more memorable ones. I would like to thank Dr. Wilson on the quality of the material, both the information content and depth, and presentation. The information is timely, given the Covid-19 crisis and the number of media articles about tests. The information discussed went a long way to help separate the "wheat from the chaff".
It sure was a surprise to see a cameo appearance of Dr. Schiller. His class on Coursera, a few years back, was also top notch.
by Nadia H•
Excellent course providing a sound introduction to to topic. Content was enjoyable, lectures were engaging and presented with flair. Highly recommend to anyone who makes any life choices based on research they might read online, hear in the media etc
by Joan A•
This is a great course that helps you interpret the correct way to read clinical studies. It's something I'll use, especially when and if I am asked to take a medication that has serious side effects.
by Lam A T•
I enjoy studying this course , the material and video example are well made ,and easy to understand too . Overall this course is great and really helpful it also help me improve on my judgement skill.
by Dr C E W•
Well organized and informative content. Dr. Wilson was an engaging and knowledgeable faculty member; I look forward to enrolling in another course under his leadership.
Calvin E Woodland, EdD, PsyD
by Hannah P•
Information was really interesting. I found the class to get better as it went on. The earlier lectures felt like they dragged a bit. I would have preferred they not used the multiple screens approach and made the presentation itself the bigger focus on the page as sometimes it was harder to read.
by Shuyan C•
the innovative ideas used to illustrate the vague concepts were interesting and effective; the professor is kind, nice and very capable of decomposing complex structure into digestible pieces, and delivering step by step to audience.
Overall, excellent, i give full mark.
by JW M•
Excellent course for physical therapists wanting to learn how to critically review the research literature. For those of us who completed physical therapy school > 15 years ago, this course is a must!
by Cozma V•
Great introduction to medical research!
A lot of real cases presented in a easy to follow, fun and informative way.
Would love to see a part 2 of this course.
by Brian B•
Thank you Dr. Wilson and team for all the time invested in putting this course together. You managed the difficult task of presenting complex information in a way that can be understood in an introductory course. With lots of humor and good nature, you eased your students into understanding -- starting with simple, quirky, examples (especially liked the ones using Yale students), but always following up with actual research papers. If only your course were a prerequisite to opining on matters medical. Unexpected bonus: a cameo by Robert Schiller.
by Ellen N S•
Dr. Wilson, thank you, I'm gobsmacked. Your course design, from one who used to Train Trainers professionally, is stellar. This course was more fun than imagined. Being right-brain dominant, I decided the best thing I could do for myself during our Covid19 lockdown was to choose something that would challenge my left-brained, statistic-phobic self. Your visuals and fast-paced presentation style kept me eager for the next module. Now I'm more confident in choosing and interpreting medical studies. Well done, and thank you very much!
by Ilona H•
This is a great course to do if you just need something to show to anti-science conspiracy facebook friends and relations when refuting their preposterous positions. That's the reason I enrolled and yet I got so much more out of this like a far greater understanding of the mechanics and systems of medical studies. It's mostly easy and also fun to get your head around some of the terms and how they are applied, I am excited about studying more now. I am sure my conspiracy theorists friends are not. :)
by Clifton L•
Professor Perry is an excellent teacher. I learned quite a bit from this course. His presentation of the material and his use of his personal anecdotes and the studies from the medical literature helped a novice, like myself, to understand the material more effectively and efficiently. There is so much misinformation today regarding the medical research surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic. I am going to encourage all of my colleagues to take this course.
by Anna K•
Definitely the best course I have taken on Coursera. I highly recommend it to everyone, but especially to those who would like to refresh their understanding of basic statistics and science underlying it. Dr Wilson is a very good professor who has an amazing ability to make complex matter comprehensible to almost everyone. Thank you very much, Dr Wilson and team! And I will do my best to persuade the anti-vaxxers I know to take the course :-)
by Lindsay K•
Fantastic course! I learned a ton of information that I can use both professionally as a journalist and personally, as someone whose Facebook feed is filled with misinformation. Topics were clearly explained with real world examples and I enjoyed the bonus COVID related content. The instructor also had great camera presence and while sometimes his jokes could be a bit corny, the overall presentation of the material was never dry or confusing.
by Chan C H H•
I will definitely recommend anyone that has little experience in reading medical literatures but wants to have an insight into understanding the basics of medical statistics. Dr. Wilson is very engaging and this will undoubtedly help me read literature with more caution when it comes to choosing journals for submitting my assignments. It will also allow me to learn to debunk some of the myths that my friends falsely believe in too!
by Susan M•
I have already left comments but will say again that I think this was very well done. Perry Wilson is a great presenter - makes difficult and complex concepts understandable. Even his, sometimes, cheesy examples contribute to understanding and learning. The visuals were very helpful. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to be more comfortable reading and interpreting scientific research. Thank you.
by Fanni K•
This is a very helpful course for anyone who wants to better understand what mainstream media articles with scary headlines that include "studies show...you will get sick from X" or "studies link X to Y and you may even die if you do X". I wish more reporters writing on medical studies, the current Covid-19 epidemic or on pharmaceutical discoveries/research would take this course.
by Héctor V•
The course is wonderfully designed, the materials are fun and engaging and the end of module tasks gave it a practical dimension that made it feel like a workshop. The instructor is a fantastic lecturer. I really want to express my gratitude to everyone involved in designing and implementing this course, your hard work is made evident in the quality of the final product.
by Richard M•
Excellent course if you are interested in medical research but not from a medical background. Gives you a good background in how the medical studies are conducted, what to watch out for and a clear understanding of a lot of the jargon and specific meanings of words used.
All explained in a clear and engaging manner. Very informative and very much enjoyed the course.
by Lohithasree B•
I am currently a 7th grader who has a special interest in medicine. I found this course very helpful and personally learnt so much! This course was extremely engaging and fun to participate in. I enjoyed every part of this course from the videos to the quizzes. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in medicine and likes research.