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Why do we keep running?

Why do we keep running? Creative commons image Christine Matthews under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Although 'exercise' is treated as a punchline, we continue to get out and pound the streets. What is it that drives our commitment to keeping fit?

What's it like being a social worker in the cancer field?

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What's it like being a social worker in the cancer field? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Open University social work graduate, Deanne Yarnold-Hill, tell us in this video interview how she worked with those affected by cancer. ...

What's it like being a nurse in the cancer field?

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What's it like being a nurse in the cancer field? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 May 2016
Watch these short videos where Open University graduates Anne Hampton and Vikkie Allan tell us what their roles in medical oncology and...

What does toilet paper teach us about poverty?

What does toilet paper teach us about poverty? Creative commons image paul under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
The purchasing pattern of a bathroom staple has a lot to teach us about how poverty works. Atif Kukaswadia explains.

Discussion hub: What is helpful for someone undergoing treatment for cancer?

Discussion hub: What is helpful for someone undergoing treatment for cancer? Copyrighted image Copyright: Oleksandr Marynchenko | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 May 2016
Which little kindnesses can you employ to help someone who is undergoing treatment for cancer and their families? Join our discusion forum to have...

Why friendships are vital to your wellbeing

Why friendships are vital to your wellbeing Creative commons image bekassine under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 May 2016
It's well-documented that loneliness can cause depression and have negative effects on health and lifespans, equal to that of smoking. Explore why...

The Science of Fear

The Science of Fear Copyrighted image Copyright: By W.J.Pilsak (ex de:Datei:Freitag.jpg) [GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 12 May 2016
Recoil at the number 13? Scream at spiders? At some point, we all get scared. But why, and how? Dr Mike Leahy and Dr Bundy Mackintosh discuss the...

The Big C & Me

The Big C & Me Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 11 May 2016
With millions of people living with cancer, this OU/BBC series follows the lives of some of them as they deal with everything the disease has to...

Drugs and consumerism

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Drugs and consumerism Creative commons image Biotic lensbaby / Sparky / CC BY-NC 2.0 under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 03 May 2016
Peter Bloom and Gerard Hastings discuss consumerism vs citizenship in the context of broader issues around drug pricing, advertising and marketing.

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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...

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 Apr 2016
This free course, The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present, highlights the similarities and differences between our modern Games and the...

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...

Finding information in health and lifestyle

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course, Finding information in health and lifestyle, will help you to identify and use information in health and lifestyle, whether for...

Using numbers and handling data

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Using numbers and handling data Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This free...

Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

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Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 09 Mar 2016
What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

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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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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...