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Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 15 Oct 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has renewed debate about the effectiveness of health systems and how best to support collective regional action.

Dementia awareness: Can we reduce the risk?

Dementia awareness: Can we reduce the risk? Creative commons image Credit: McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Sep 2014
Deminish your chance of developing dementia as part of World Alzheimer's Month 2014; know the signs, help those who are affected and get vital...

Global challenges facing dementia care

Global challenges facing dementia care Creative commons image Credit: K.Kendall under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Sep 2014
Life expectancy has risen across the globe and with it so has the number of people with dementia, so what can be done to improve the care,...

Understanding the body's response to injury, and the development of trauma centres

Understanding the body's response to injury, and the development of trauma centres Copyrighted image Credit: Viktor Levi | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Feb 2014
How the body responds to physical injury, and the development of specialist centres that treat major trauma victims.

40 years of the Glasgow Coma Scale

40 years of the Glasgow Coma Scale Copyrighted image Credit: Viktor Levi | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Feb 2014
The Glasgow Coma Scale is 40 years old. Here we look at how a patient's score is calculated.

The drug legislation dilemma

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The drug legislation dilemma Copyrighted image Credit: Benis Arapovic | Dreamstime.com
Updated 21 Feb 2014
UK drug policy is “disastrous” says Open University Visiting Professor and former government advisor David Nutt. In a lecture at the OU the...

The story of infection

The story of infection Creative commons image Credit: Sanofi Pasteurvia Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Introductory level Updated 15 Jan 2013
How have infectious diseases, both their response to us and our response to them, evolved over the centuries? 

Perilous pastime of poison

Perilous pastime of poison Creative commons image Credit: Universal Popsvia Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Introductory level Updated 15 Jan 2013
We look back on the perilous pastime of poison and the evil ways the convicted have tried to hide their wares 

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Public health in community settings: An introduction

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Public health in community settings: An introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 04 Apr 2014
This unit introduces you to some key aspects of community level engagement, in particular how to get to know the locality in which you want to work...

Using numbers and handling data

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Using numbers and handling data Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Mar 2014
You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This unit is...

Introducing public health

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Mar 2014
This unit introduces some key elements of public health and health promotion, using a video case study of Coventry. It focuses on the major...

Public health and mental health promotion

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 31 Jul 2012
In this unit you will examine public health from a mental health perspective, beginning with an exploration of the relationship between public...