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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...

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.

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. 

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. 

Schizophrenia: Beyond science

Schizophrenia: Beyond science Creative commons image Credit: Jeff Kubina under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Oct 2014
Schizophrenia is the focus of World Mental Health Day 2014. Can communities help us to stop relying on advances in science alone to meet the needs...

How are life-chances of children at risk in the UK?

How are life-chances of children at risk in the UK? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 15 Sep 2014
Five out of 1,000 children in the UK will not live until their fifth birthday, reports Dick Skellington.

Journeying through Wellbeing

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Journeying through Wellbeing Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 04 Sep 2014
Take a journey through Wellbeing and see how factors such as where we grow up, what happens to us, and our physical health, can all impact on our...

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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...

Finding information in health and lifestyle

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Finding information in health and lifestyle Creative commons image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in health and lifestyle, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with...

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 Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
What do we mean by ‘community’, ‘care’ and ‘welfare’? In this unit you will explore the meanings of these words in their historical and cultural...

From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language

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From sound to meaning: hearing, speech and language Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 10 Oct 2012
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...

Issues in complementary and alternative medicine

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Issues in complementary and alternative medicine Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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 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 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 21 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 21 Nov 2014
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 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 21 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Nov 2014
This DipHE course has been specially developed for staff working in a variety of paramedic support settings, such as emergency response units. It...