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International study into diabetes and depression

International study into diabetes and depression Copyrighted image Credit: © Macgyverhh | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 10 Nov 2014
The link between diabetes and depression is prevalent in today's society; the OU's Professor Cathy Lloyd is leading new research into this which in...

What do you know about dyslexia?

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What do you know about dyslexia?
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
Take our quiz on dyslexia to test your knowledge of a condition many people don't understand 

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - Alertness

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - Alertness Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 27 Oct 2014
Does caffeine really help us to stay alert and what are the alternatives? In this programme some surprising ways to boost our brains are put to the...

Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports

Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Oct 2014
Talks of re-signing convicted rapist Ched Evans has highlighted misogyny in sport is prevalent - we must protest, writes Professor Kath Woodward....

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - Superfoods

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - Superfoods Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 20 Oct 2014
Can foods be as potent as medicines? The second episode of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor investigates the truth about superfoods.

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 15 Oct 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has renewed debate about the effectiveness of health systems and how best to support collective regional action.

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: Order your free health advice cards

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: Order your free health advice cards Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 15 Oct 2014
Order our insightful health and wellbeing advice cards and combat the challenges associated with diet, exercise and more. 

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - Sunshine

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - Sunshine Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 13 Oct 2014
The first episode of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor looks at the importance of vitamin D and ways to make our foods healthier without changing a single...

The psychology behind a thank you

The psychology behind a thank you Creative commons image Credit: Jen Collins under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Oct 2014
Find out how saying 'thank you', making a cup of tea and The Great British Bake Off can tackle mental health issues and make people happier. 

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Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced to...

Issues in research with children and young people

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Issues in research with children and young people
Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 01 Sep 2014
This unit considers the aims and range of research with children and young people. Students consider how their own views and understandings about...

Public health in community settings: An introduction

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Public health in community settings: An introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 04 Apr 2014
This unit introduces you to some key aspects of community level engagement, in particular how to get to know the locality in which you want to work...

Using numbers and handling data

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Using numbers and handling data Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Mar 2014
You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This unit is...

Introducing public health

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Introducing public health Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Mar 2014
This unit introduces some key elements of public health and health promotion, using a video case study of Coventry. It focuses on the major...

Challenging ideas in mental health

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Challenging ideas in mental health Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 18 hours Updated 13 Mar 2014
Take a new and different look at mental health. This unit invites you to think differently about life's dilemmas by taking account of the views of...

Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts

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Exploring sport online: Athletes and efficient hearts Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 12 Feb 2014
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...

The science behind wheeled sports

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The science behind wheeled sports Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This unit focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call 'wheeled sports'. The Scientific concepts such as force,...

The psychological aspects of sports injury

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The psychological aspects of sports injury Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
For many people, sport is a way of life, so imagine the emotional distress that a sports injury can bring when it restricts someone's participation...

Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health

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Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit considers two ideas: that health is an ever-present factor in our lives, and that health is something difficult to define. But how can we...

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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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...