The Great Courses and Mayo Clinic Jointly Create Health and Wellness Courses

The first of nine video series focuses on the science that supports
complementary and alternative medicine

Great Courses
, the leading global media brand for lifelong learning,
is working with Mayo
to create premium video courses in health and wellness. The
collaboration, which will produce at least nine courses, brings together
a worldwide leader in medical care, education, and research with the top
producers of engaging educational media for personal enlightenment and

“By sharing our knowledge through video, we can broadly deliver Mayo
Clinic’s health-care expertise to help people stay well or to find
answers when they are ill,” said Paul Limburg, M.D., M.P.H., medical
director for Global Business Solutions at Mayo Clinic. “Through these
courses, people can access our physicians’ insights into current medical
research and practice.”

The first course, The
Science of Integrative Medicine
, will be taught by Brent A.
Bauer, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative
Medicine Program.

The course focuses on complementary and integrative medicine practices
and what science can — and cannot — prove about their effectiveness.
Nearly 40 percent of all Americans report using these treatments, which
include acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, herbal remedies, traditional Chinese
medicine, hypnosis, meditation, biofeedback, and spinal manipulation.

“Our highly educated, multifaceted customers enjoy learning from the
best-in-class experts from our elite content relationships,” said Ed
Leon, chief brand officer for The Great Courses. “They learn photography
from the best photographers at National Geographic, cooking from The
Culinary Institute of America, art and culture from the Smithsonian, and
now they will have the top source for health and wellness information —
the doctors of Mayo Clinic. We can’t imagine a better resource, and we
look forward to producing in-depth, cutting-edge medical education for
our worldwide audience.”

The course is available in multiple formats at
On May 30 it will be added to The
Great Courses Plus
, the new subscription learning-on-demand platform
from The Great Courses, which streams more than 6,000 individual video
lectures covering a universe of subjects from the world’s greatest

Future series already in development with Mayo Clinic include:

  • Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief
  • Mayo Clinic Diet and Exercise for Weight Loss
  • Mayo Clinic Guide to Aging Well
  • Mayo Clinic Guide to Preventive Medicine

The Great Courses services millions of lifelong learners and has
delivered more than 19 million courses since 1990 via CDs, DVDs, digital
downloads, and streaming apps. Each year the company hones its media
production values, graphics, and animation, always aimed at creating
learning experiences that ignite the minds and imaginations of its
customers. The result is a global community of lifelong learners who
include noted business and political leaders worldwide.

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About The Great Courses

The Great Courses is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of
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Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio (in convenient
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designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding, and foster epiphanies
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advancement, and personal development. Creating unique learning
experiences since 1990, The Great Courses is the premier brand of The
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