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Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’

Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’ Copyrighted image Copyright: © Mcpics | Dreamstime.com - Children with different sizes
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Sep 2016
Just about every parent will have googled this question at some time or another. But how do you know whether your child really is 'normal'? Here...

Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it?

Why are tiger moths making people unwell - and what can we do about it? Creative commons image John Flannery under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
Some people can be fatally allergic to tiger moths - and lepidopterism can often be misdiagnosed. New research might have a solution.

How can mobile technology help underpin reproductive rights?

How can mobile technology help underpin reproductive rights? Copyright free image Copyright free: RobertoVi
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Aug 2016
The spread of mobile phone access is helping revolutionise the way data on family planning is being used and shared, reports Christabel Ligami

OpenLearn Live: 26th July 2016

OpenLearn Live: 26th July 2016 Creative commons image Colin Smith under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jul 2016
Why does taking a trip between Camden and Clapham make a person legally significant? Can 34 questions predict dementia? Why do crabs wave? Free...

Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria?

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Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria? Creative commons image Michael Hnatov/Physicians for Human Rights under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
As medical facilities become targets in the ongoing war, medics are moving into the mountains. Imogen Mathers finds out more.

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...

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...

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Understanding service improvement in healthcare

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Understanding service improvement in healthcare Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyright © Olesya Zhigula/123RF Updated content
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Sep 2016
This free course, Understanding service improvement in healthcare, will help you to understand what people mean by the terms ‘service’ and ...

Finding information in health and lifestyle

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Finding information in health and lifestyle Creative commons image Used with permission under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in health and lifestyle, will help you to identify and use information in health and lifestyle, whether for...

Introducing healthcare improvement

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Introducing healthcare improvement Creative commons image Irekia in Flickr under Creative-Commons license
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...

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...

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...

From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Mar 2016
Human communication is vastly more complex than that of any other species we know about. It is so complex that linguists are only just beginning to...

Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth

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Challenging the biomedical model of childbirth Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 29 Feb 2016
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 12 Feb 2016
What are the ways in which others (patients, relatives, practitioners) and you create and share meanings within health care? Narratives are the...

Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health

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Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
This free course, Health is everywhere: Unravelling the mystery of health, considers two ideas: that health is an ever-present factor in our lives,...

Understanding depression and anxiety

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Understanding depression and anxiety Copyrighted image Copyright: © Bluestone/Science Photo Library
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Sep 2015
In this free course, Understanding depression and anxiety, we consider some risk and causal factors for some depression and anxiety disorders –...

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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 Sep 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 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Sep 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 Sep 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...

Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice

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Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...

Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Paramedic Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Sep 2016
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...