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Discovery: The Truth About Success And Failure In Medicine

Discovery: The Truth About Success And Failure In Medicine Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jul 2016
Tune into new four-part series for BBC World Service and The Open University, where broadcaster and medic Dr Kevin Fong explores what...

The drive to improve patient safety in the NHS in England

The drive to improve patient safety in the NHS in England Copyrighted image Copyright: © Spotmatik | Dreamstime.com - Doctors Nurse senior Female Patient in Hospital Corridor
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Jul 2016
Can patient safety problems be improved by the NHS understanding why and how the error occur instead of blaming the failures on individuals?

Success and failure in healthcare: should regulation be simple or integrated?

Success and failure in healthcare: should regulation be simple or integrated? Copyrighted image Copyright: © Marbury67 | Dreamstime.com - NHS building
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Jul 2016
Is heavy regulation in healthcare needed to provide our healthcare needs safely? Or can this be made simpler? 

Where do we get the help that really counts?

Where do we get the help that really counts? Creative commons image Tanya Cataldo under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Jun 2016
When only one third of people with mental health symptoms access formal channels of support due to funding problems or stigma, is informal support...

Making young children give everything to football is a bad idea – here’s why

Making young children give everything to football is a bad idea – here’s why Copyright free image Copyright free: By Janalleman (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jun 2016
British football clubs want children to specialise in only football from a young age, but would a multi-sports club produce better players? 

Penalty Pressure Potential at Euro 2016

Penalty Pressure Potential at Euro 2016 Creative commons image By Markbarnes (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
Can you tell whether a football player is going successfully score a penalty just by seeing how they prepare for it?

The refugees hoping to make a splash at Rio 2016

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The refugees hoping to make a splash at Rio 2016 Creative commons image UN Brasil under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jun 2016
This year's Olympics includes a team of Refugees for the first time. Hear some of the athlete's stories - and find out why their participation is...

Are the Orlando murders part of a public health emergency?

Are the Orlando murders part of a public health emergency? Creative commons image Fibonacci Blue under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jun 2016
Two public health researchers on gun violence try to help make some sense of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Florida.

The Orlando killings were "a queerphobic attack"

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The Orlando killings were Creative commons image Victoria Pickering under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jun 2016
It's vital to remember the motivation behind the mass killings in Orlando, says João Florêncio - but that doesn't mean stigmatising people with...

Under Pressure again: Can the England team bring football home?

Under Pressure again: Can the England team bring football home? Creative commons image Ben Sutherland under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Jun 2016
Can the young England team with the likes of Vardy, Kane and Dele Alli lay the ghosts of the past 50 years to rest by triumphing at UEFA Euro...

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The family at the centre of early learning

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The family at the centre of early learning Copyright free image Copyright free: Courtesy: Karen Horsley. Updated content
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 19 Jul 2016
This free course, The family at the centre of early learning, focuses on the positive learning relationships that can exist in any family and how...

Introducing healthcare improvement

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Introducing healthcare improvement Creative commons image Irekia in Flickr under Creative-Commons license Updated content
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Jul 2016
This course explores quality improvement in healthcare settings. It begins by defining healthcare quality and describing the meaning of quality...

The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Includes explicit content

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The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 01 Jul 2016
This free course, The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present, highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the...

Infection and immunity

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Infection and immunity
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Jun 2016
In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and...

What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care

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What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Apr 2016
What do we mean by 'community', 'care' and 'welfare'? In this free course, What's in a title: Understanding meanings in community care, you will...

Health and environment

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Health and environment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment...

The science behind wheeled sports

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The science behind wheeled sports Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. The...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Copyright: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

Work and mental health

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Work and mental health Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...

Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

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Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
We all know that the heart is very important but what exactly does the heart do? Why is the blood so important? What functions do the lungs perform...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and huge budgets, and profoundly affects so many lives. And what...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and practice and has a strong emphasis on learning in the workplace. You...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Jul 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...