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Can engineering help improve patient safety?

Can engineering help improve patient safety? Creative commons image Visitor6 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
New research from Cambridge suggests that better, clearer, consistent design of tubes and liquids could save lives.

60 second adventures in microgravity

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60 second adventures in microgravity Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
What is microgravity, and how does it help science research? This series, funded by the UK Space Agency, explores how we recreate microgravity...

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 The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Updated 05 Feb 2016
Download our insightful health and wellbeing advice cards and combat the challenges associated with diet, exercise and more.

Chasing Perfection

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Updated 04 Nov 2015
New OU/ Channel 4 co-production Chasing Perfection with Michael Johnson unveils the progressive world of sports science technologies and what...

Is sleep the secret of success?

Is sleep the secret of success? Copyrighted image Copyright: Paul Maguire | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2015
Snooze you don’t lose:  Caroline Heaney asks 'Is sleep the secret ingredient of World Cup success?' 

Recovery at the Rugby World Cup

Recovery at the Rugby World Cup Creative commons image Carine06 [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2015
Caroline Heaney sheds some light on the hot topic of recovery in professional sports tournaments like the Rugby World Cup.

How can knowing how DNA repairs itself help defeat cancer?

How can knowing how DNA repairs itself help defeat cancer? Creative commons image Richard Wheeler under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Oct 2015
DNA can repair itself. Which is great news for most cells - but if we know how it pulls off the trick, we can stop cancer cells from fighting...

What’s Social about Chasing the Perfect Sporting Body?

What’s Social about Chasing the Perfect Sporting Body? Creative commons image West Point - The U.S. Military Academy under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Sep 2015
Is it possible to push your sporting performance to its maximum potential regardless of social inequalities? Kath Woodward discusses...

A blow to the head; a blow to rugby?

A blow to the head; a blow to rugby? Creative commons image By Roy Appleyard [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr Creative Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Sep 2015
Karen Howells discusses the issue of concussion in rugby and BBC Panorama's investigation: 'Rugby and The Brain – Tackling the Truth'

Why the size of your plate might be making you overweight

Why the size of your plate might be making you overweight Creative commons image Russell Bernice under a CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Sep 2015
Alan Partridge's trick of taking an extra-large plate to an all-you-can-eat buffet might be putting his long term health at risk. New research...

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The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth Copyrighted image Copyright: © adventtr (via iStockPhoto.com)
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 12 Oct 2016
This free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ‘lottery of birth’ and the smaller, human stories. You will...

Understanding service improvement in healthcare

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Understanding service improvement in healthcare Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyright © Olesya Zhigula/123RF
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Sep 2016
This free course, Understanding service improvement in healthcare, will help you to understand what people mean by the terms ‘service’ and ...

Gene testing

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Gene testing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Aug 2016
This free course, Gene testing, looks at three different uses of genetic testing: pre-natal diagnosis, childhood testing and adult testing. Such...

Predictive medicine

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
In this free course, Predictive medicine, you will learn how advances in genetics could change the way in which diseases are diagnosed and managed....

Pain and Aspirin

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What causes pain and how do we stop it? This free course, Pain and Aspirin, looks at how the human body responds to the release of certain...

Health and environment

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Health and environment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
To be able to understand the importance of the environment for our health, we need to know a little about the interdependence between environment...

Alcohol and human health

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
What impact does alcohol have on the body? From a 'hangover' to cirrhosis this free course, Alcohol and human health, looks at the harmful effects...

Exploring family health

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Exploring family health Copyrighted image Copyright: Iakov Filimonov/Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
How can families support healthy living and cope with illness? This free course, Exploring family health, will provide an understanding of what is...

Social issues and GM crops

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
The genetic manipulation of plants and animals and their use in agriculture is one of the most controversial scientific developments of recent...

Using numbers and handling data

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Using numbers and handling data Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 16 Mar 2016
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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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
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 Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
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 Health Sciences

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Certificate in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
This certificate provides a broad introduction to health sciences, exploring some of the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability....

Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
If you’re already employed in a healthcare setting, the Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Sciences will help you develop the essential...

Certificate in Working Together for Children

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Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 600 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and values in a wide range of topics such as communication, transitions,...

Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT

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Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise and play – and computing and IT skills are increasingly essential...

Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...

Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice

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Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 Dec 2016
The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging, and there are some exciting new roles emerging – particularly if...