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    17 Oct 2017

  • Should boys be taught about periods and the menstrual cycle at school?

    Should boys be taught about periods and the menstrual cycle at school? New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Oct 2017
    Could including boys in lessons on periods help reduce stigma and taboo around the menstrual cycle? A recent report suggests it might.
  • Cultural differences in mental health? Creative commons image Icon Chinchu.c under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Cultural differences in mental health?

    By Dr Jonathan Leach

    October 10th is World Mental Health Awareness Day. The OU's Jonathan Leach asks: Are mental health problems the same...

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    5 mins

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    10 Oct 2017

  • Cultural differences in mental health?

    Cultural differences in mental health? Creative commons image Icon Chinchu.c under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Oct 2017
    October 10th is World Mental Health Awareness Day. The OU's Jonathan Leach asks: Are mental health problems the same the world over? 
  • Why ‘sugar-free’ is not recommended to be advertised to children – and may not be good for you Creative commons image Icon Clay Junell under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    22 Sep 2017

  • Why ‘sugar-free’ is not recommended to be advertised to children – and may not be good for you

    Why ‘sugar-free’ is not recommended to be advertised to children – and may not be good for you Creative commons image Icon Clay Junell under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Sep 2017
    Should children be consuming artificial sweeteners? And, furthermore, what research supports or discourages the consumption of 'sugar-free'...
  • Women have heart attacks too - but why do they often go misdiagnosed? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain
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    21 Sep 2017

  • Women have heart attacks too - but why do they often go misdiagnosed?

    Women have heart attacks too - but why do they often go misdiagnosed? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2017
    Women are no less likely to die from a heart attack than men - and some groups of women may be more likely to suffer an attack. But more men receive...
  • Researching cycling in the US & the UK Creative commons image Icon New York CDOT under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Researching cycling in the US & the UK

    By Dr Peter Wood

    Peter Wood shares his experiences researching cyclists - on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    19 Sep 2017

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    Researching cycling in the US & the UK Creative commons image Icon New York CDOT under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Sep 2017
    Peter Wood shares his experiences researching cyclists - on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean? Creative commons image Icon Medvedev under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    12 Sep 2017

  • What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean?

    What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury and what does it mean? Creative commons image Icon Medvedev under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    In August 2017, a new convention governing the use of Mercury came into force (at least in the countries which have signed up). María Elena Hurtado explains...
  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into...

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    12 Sep 2017

  • What effects does mercury have on health and the environment?

    What effects does mercury have on health and the environment? Creative commons image Icon STA3816 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    Although in its natural form mercury is not especially toxic, it still poses a real risk when it finds its way into the environment.
  • How the potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: autmasko

    How the potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism

    By Professor Rebecca Earle

    It can make chips. It can make mash. And the potato can even help create an entire political-economic system. Rebecca...

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    25 Aug 2017

  • How the potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism

    How the potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: autmasko
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    It can make chips. It can make mash. And the potato can even help create an entire political-economic system. Rebecca Earle explains how.
  • Can we get to a world without suicide? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Free-Photos

    Can we get to a world without suicide?

    By Simon Usborne

    After his son’s suicide aged 18, Steve Mallen sees the world differently. Along with a growing number of mental...

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    23 Aug 2017

  • Can we get to a world without suicide?

    Can we get to a world without suicide? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Free-Photos
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Aug 2017
    After his son’s suicide aged 18, Steve Mallen sees the world differently. Along with a growing number of mental health experts, he wants to reduce the...
  • Dementia Awareness: What is dementia, and how can we reduce the risk? Creative commons image Icon McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
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    10 Aug 2017

  • Dementia Awareness: What is dementia, and how can we reduce the risk?

    Dementia Awareness: What is dementia, and how can we reduce the risk? Creative commons image Icon McBeth under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 10 Aug 2017
    Know the signs, help those who are affected and get vital information on this debilitating disorder.

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  • Infection and immunity

    In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious diseases and to the biological agents that invade our bodies and...

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    In this free course, Infection and immunity, you will be introduced to infectious...
  • Introducing healthcare improvement

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

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    Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
    This course explores quality improvement in healthcare settings. It begins by...
  • Using numbers and handling data

    You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This free...

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    12 hours

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    You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In...
  • Introducing public health

    This free course, Introducing public health, introduces some key elements of public health and health promotion, using a video case study of...

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    29 Feb 2016

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    This free course, Introducing public health, introduces some key elements of...
  • Public health in community settings: An introduction

    This free course, Public health in community settings: An introduction, introduces you to some key aspects of community-level engagement, in...

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    12 Feb 2016

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    This free course, Public health in community settings: An introduction, introduces...
  • Public health and mental health promotion

    In this free course, Public health and mental health promotion, you will examine public health from a mental health perspective, beginning with an...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    In this free course, Public health and mental health promotion, you will examine...
  • Communication in health and social care

    Whether working with older people, vulnerable children or patients suffering ill health or disability, care providers' ability to communicate is not only...

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    18 Sep 2009

  • Communication in health and social care

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    Introductory level Duration 2 hours 30 mins Updated 18 Sep 2009
    Whether working with older people, vulnerable children or patients suffering ill...

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    Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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    Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Oct 2017
    Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities,...

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Oct 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Oct 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

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    In the fast-changing world of today’s care sector, professionals at all levels...