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OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th November 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS New content
Updated 25 Nov 2016
Autumn on Mars; quantum computing; children caring for parents with Parkinsons. Learning and research from across the day.

What do safe drinking guidelines mean?

What do safe drinking guidelines mean? Copyrighted image Copyright: Benis Arapovic | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
The professor charged with Public Understanding of Risk tries to make sense of the latest rules for safe alcohol consumption.

Claudia Hammond on BBC All in the Mind, Mental Health and Psychology

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Claudia Hammond on BBC All in the Mind, Mental Health and Psychology
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Nov 2016
BBC All in the Mind presenter, Claudia Hammond, tells us about what got her interested in mental health, psychology and the mind in this exclusive...

OpenLearn Live: 2nd November 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 2nd November 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: RafaelTalkar
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Nov 2016
Did a soldier in France shoot a ghost dead? No. Plus: National Stress Day; firstcarquote and can poor sleep make you fatter? Learning and...

All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2016

All in the Mind - Autumn/Winter 2016 Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Updated 17 Oct 2016
Join us for the OU/BBC Radio 4 series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

Ever Wondered About... Eggs?

Ever Wondered About... Eggs? Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Oct 2016
Get cracking with expanding your knowledge on eggs with our egg-cellent facts.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day Creative commons image Alessandra Khumana under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Updated 10 Oct 2016
Break the stigma surrounding mental health issues and increase your understanding with our free content and courses, as part of World Mental Health...

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.

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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
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 ...

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 22 Aug 2016
This course explores quality improvement in healthcare settings. It begins by defining healthcare quality and describing the meaning of quality...

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...

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 04 Dec 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 04 Dec 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 04 Dec 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 04 Dec 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 04 Dec 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 04 Dec 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 04 Dec 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 04 Dec 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 04 Dec 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 04 Dec 2016
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...