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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 New content
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...

Green care: contact with nature can improve mental health

Green care: contact with nature can improve mental health
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jun 2016
Can being outside gardening improve our wellbeing? Discover three factors that account for the positive effects of 'green care'. 

Type 2 diabetes across the globe: What's going on?

Type 2 diabetes across the globe: What's going on? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
Journey across the world and uncover why there is a global epidemic of type 2 diabetes and bust some of the myths around it. 

Florence Nightingale on what makes a good nurse

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
In the 1881 letter to trainee nurses at St Thomas' Hospital, Florence Nightingale outlines what she believes makes a good nurse - a woman without ...

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...

Is norovirus an economic threat?

Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
Is the loss to the global economy of the "winter vomiting virus" hard to swallow?

How To Die: Simon's Choice

How To Die: Simon's Choice Copyrighted image Copyright: Graham Smith - Minnow Films
Updated 11 Mar 2016
The dramatic and poignant story of one man facing a heart wrenching decision of whether to end his life at a suicide clinic.

"I was so depressed yesterday..." - or were you?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
Using phrases relating to mental health to add drama to your conversation can have unintended consequences, warns Zsofia Demjen.

Ever Wondered About... Pizza?

Ever Wondered About... Pizza? Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Feb 2016
Delve into the history and science of pizza - you know you want to! 

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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...

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...

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...

From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

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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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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 –...

Issues in complementary and alternative medicine

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Intermediate level Duration 19 hours Updated 30 Aug 2012
Why are so many people now turning to complementary and alternative medicine and why do approaches to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)...

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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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 2016
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...