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US pet expenditure is greater than Croatia's GDP

US pet expenditure is greater than Croatia's GDP Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 12 May 2014
American pet owners now spend $60billion a year on pet spas, planes, hotels, and televisions. Have they lost touch with reality? asks David Usborne.

Critical Response: An Hour To Save Your Life

Critical Response: An Hour To Save Your Life Copyrighted image Credit: Boundless Productions / BBC
Updated 25 Feb 2014
A new Open University/BBC co-production, An Hour To Save Your Life, examines the revolution in emergency medical treatment in the UK.

Waste products; wasted time; wasted lives: What does a lack of access to sanitation mean?

Waste products; wasted time; wasted lives: What does a lack of access to sanitation mean? Copyrighted image Credit: Pam Furniss
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jun 2011
Over two and half billion people have no access to sanitation - and that means a lot of people being exposed to health risks. What can be done?

Princes and placebos: A Brief History

Princes and placebos: A Brief History Creative commons image Credit: Kuwait-Ra'ed Qutena under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Sep 2004
Freelance journalist Jane Feinmann reviews the history of changing attitudes to alternative medicine.

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Communication in health and social care

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Communication in health and social care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 2 hours 30 mins Updated 18 Sep 2009
Whether working with older people, vulnerable children or patients suffering ill health or disability, care providers' ability to communicate is...

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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 19 Dec 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 19 Dec 2014
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 19 Dec 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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA/BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care

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BA/BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
In the fast-changing world of today’s care sector, professionals at all levels need to be proactive and flexible in order to succeed. This degree...

Introducing health sciences: a case study approach

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Introducing health sciences: a case study approach Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
Explore scientific and social aspects of disease and disability through issues like water and health; pain; alcohol; cancer screening; lung disease...

Leading healthcare improvements

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Leading healthcare improvements Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This course will help you develop leadership skills in relation to healthcare service improvements, innovation and policy.

Understanding the autism spectrum

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Understanding the autism spectrum Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 150 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014 Register by 15 Oct 2015
An accessible introduction to autism, this course explores principles and problems of diagnosis, possible underlying causes and issues of care,...

Infectious disease and public health

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Infectious disease and public health Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This course approaches infectious disease from several perspectives and explores the underlying biology, epidemiology, ecology and evolution of...

Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice

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Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Challenge your own assumptions around public health promotion policies and interventions, and gain the knowledge and confidence to move your...