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International study into diabetes and depression

International study into diabetes and depression Copyrighted image Credit: © Macgyverhh | Dreamstime.com
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...

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.

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. 

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - Sunshine

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - Sunshine Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 13 Oct 2014
The first episode of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor looks at the importance of vitamin D and ways to make our foods healthier without changing a single...

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 10 Oct 2014
Is coffee good or bad for my heart? Which painkiller should I take? Find answers to your health questions with Michael Mosley in the BBC Two series...

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...

Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs

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Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 11 Jul 2014
What are Personal Health Budgets, how do they work and how will they affect you?...

Leadership in Health and Social Care

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Leadership in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Sep 2013
These six managers, from frontline roles across health and social care in the UK, are real people in real roles. By sharing their experiences...

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 5

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 5 Copyrighted image Credit: Viktor Levi | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 16 May 2013
In this week's episode you will witness the challenge of taking care of people with long-term conditions, a job only likely to get tougher with an...

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 6

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day - Episode 6 Copyrighted image Credit: Drpluton | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 30 Apr 2013
This week's episode sets the increasing demands on the NHS against the very real costs of those demands.

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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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Introducing public health Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

Nutrition: Proteins

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Feb 2014
This Unit studies 'proteins'. Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular make up, the Unit moves on to look at the importance of protein and...

Nutrition: Vitamins and minerals

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
Both vitamins and minerals are essential in the diet in small quantities.The term ‘vitamin’ was not coined until early in the 20th century, to...

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...

Working with young people in sport and exercise

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Working with young people in sport and exercise Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 15 Nov 2013
This unit examines the special considerations of coaching or instructing young people in sport and exercise. The physiological differences between...

Pain and Aspirin

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Pain and Aspirin Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
What causes pain and how do we stop it? This unit looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain chemicals and as a result feels...

Predictive medicine

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
In this unit you will learn how advances in genetics could change the way in which diseases are diagnosed and managed. The advent of predictive...

Gene therapy

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Gene therapy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this unit looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two...

Gene testing

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Gene testing Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Jul 2013
This Unit looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such tests provide genetic...

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Dec 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 of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

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 19 Dec 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 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...

Certificate in Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Dec 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 19 Dec 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 of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking about studying a health sciences degree, this Certificate of...

Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
If you’re already employed in a healthcare setting, the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences will help you develop the essential...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 19 Dec 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...