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Can rabies be eliminated from Asia by 2020?

Can rabies be eliminated from Asia by 2020? Creative commons image Credit: Wellcome Library under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
The World Health Organisation wants rabies eradicated from Asia in the next five years. They've got an uphill struggle, reports Mary-Rose...

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India Creative commons image Credit: Rahul M under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
How do you spread healthcare messages amongst people too poor to access the for-profit health system in India? One doctor found a low-tech approach...

Building the first Thames sewer system

Building the first Thames sewer system Copyright free image Credit: Punch New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Aug 2015
The original Thames sewer system became a pressing need following the clean-up of London streets. But even the stench of the river overpowering the...

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression Creative commons image Credit: John Phelan under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Aug 2015
Could the type of language people use reveal something about their state of mind? A close reading of Sylvia Plath's journals suggest it might be...

The Herculean task of tackling hepatitis C continues

The Herculean task of tackling hepatitis C continues Copyright free image Credit: Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C, The Rockefeller University
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2015
The scale of the task featuring scientists working to make hepatitis C a thing of the past would be familiar to the ancient Greeks.

What is MERS coronavirus?

What is MERS coronavirus? Creative commons image Credit: NIAID under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Middle East Respitory Syndrome is a form of coronavirus. But what does that actually mean?

Sleeping on it can solve your problems

Sleeping on it can solve your problems Creative commons image Credit: j cliss under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
Heading off to bed can sometimes be the perfect way to solve your problems, according to new research

Are plastics making men infertile?

Are plastics making men infertile? Creative commons image Credit: Awo-noyama under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
Our world has plastic running through it - but is the prevelance of plastics threatening our survival as a species?

Can charities scale up to provide health and social services?

Can charities scale up to provide health and social services? Creative commons image Credit: NHS Confederation under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jul 2015
If charities are to deliver more health and social services they’ll need to become better organisations, says Dr Elizabeth Cotton

Budget 2015: The Experts Respond

Budget 2015: The Experts Respond Creative commons image Credit: markhillary under CC-BY
Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Jul 2015
A range of reactions to George Osborne's Summer 2015 budget, ranging from the impact on adoption, through defence, to questions of work, tax and...

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Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth

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Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth Copyrighted image Credit: iStock
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Jul 2015
Health means different things to different people, and this is reflected in the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth in this free course,...

Understanding narratives in health care

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 13 Jul 2015
What are the ways in which others (patients, relatives, practitioners) and you create and share meanings within health care? Narratives are the...

Partnerships and networks in work with young people

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Partnerships and networks in work with young people
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 May 2015
The term ‘partnership’ is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between...

Professional relationships with young people

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Professional relationships with young people Copyrighted image Credit: © John Birdsall
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 13 May 2015
In some people’s eyes, the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as it is in relationships that we express our humanity. Young...

Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control

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Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 28 Apr 2015
What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Debbie Crouch
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 24 Mar 2015
Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer than previous generations. This is...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Credit: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Feb 2015
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

Motivation and factors affecting motivation

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Motivation and factors affecting motivation Copyrighted image Credit: © Corbis Super RF / Alamy
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The unit explores the term ‘motivation’ and factors that influence motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of...

A question of ethics: right or wrong?

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 05 Jan 2015
This unit discusses ethical and professional principles in sport and fitness environments. Working closely with individuals and developing...

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...

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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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
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
Duration 600 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
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
Duration 600 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
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
Duration 600 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...