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The incidence of obesity is on the increase in affluent societies, and the phenomenon commands increasing attention from health professionals, legislators and the media. This free course, Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment, looks at the science behind obesity, examining the dietary, physiological and genetic aspects of the topic.Learn more ❯Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment
Obesity is an increasingly common problem because, for many people, modern living involves eating excessive amounts of low cost, high-calorie food and spending a lot of time sitting down at desks, on sofas or in cars.Read now ❯The challenge of obesity
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Is obesity inevitable?
Obesity cuts life expectancy by an average of up to 10 years, and costs the UK £5.1bn a year to treat; treating obesity and diabetes costs more than it takes to run the police, fire service and court system combined.Read now ❯Is obesity inevitable?
Do we have a right to have babies? And is that even a simple question?Read now ❯Assisted conception: Do you have a right to have a child?
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What can I do about my mental health when I don’t have the support I need?
What can you do if you're not comfortable talking about mental health issues with your peers? Dr Jonathan Leach and Dr Mathijs Lucassen set out six ways of getting the support you need.Read now ❯What can I do about my mental health when I don’t have the support I need?
Over the past century there has been a radical shift in responses to people who experience mental health problems. In this free course, Making sense of mental health problems, you will learn about how key perspectives in the field have made sense of mental health problems. By directly relating key perspectives to a case study, you will reflect on how the medical perspective, psychological perspective and social need perspective come to make sense of mental ill-health.Learn more ❯Making sense of mental health problems
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What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?
Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care needs.Read now ❯What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?
By adopting the approach used in the Netherlands, the NHS could cut costs but maintain quality, suggests Dr Elizabeth Cotton.Read now ❯Should the NHS try a Dutch model for social care?
The NHS has endorsed a number of apps promising better mental health. Trouble is, says Simon Leigh, there's no real evidence they can deliver.Read now ❯Are NHS-recommended mental health apps actually doing any good?
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Population ageing: a global health crisis?
This free course, Population ageing: a global health crisis?, focuses on two major issues of our time – ageing societies and global health. It provides you with an introduction to ageing societies and their implications for global health – implications which are only just beginning to be fully understood. The course will help you to deepen your understanding of ageing societies across the globe and the different components of the concept of global health. You will also explore the ways in which population ageing is often framed as a crisis and begin to develop your own ideas about the implications of population ageing.Learn more ❯Population ageing: a global health crisis?
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Type 2 diabetes across the globe: What's going on?
Journey across the world and uncover why there is a global epidemic of type 2 diabetes and bust some of the myths around it.Take part now ❯Type 2 diabetes across the globe: What's going on?
Vaccinations are now considered a part of everyday life, but how do they work? Vaccination is a free course that will help those with a background in biology understand the historical development of vaccination, assess the various types of vaccines used today, examine their production and explore the limitations that are placed on vaccination programmes.Learn more ❯Vaccination
As new treatments come on stream, some carry a huge price tag. Closing the gap between what's possible, and what's affordable, is a challenge for the staff, and patients, of the Hospital.Watch now ❯Hospital: The cost of treatment
This free course, Living with death and dying, explores how knowledge of and beliefs about death and encounters with death affect people's lives. It will also examine the concept of a 'good death' from an individual perspective in order to enhance the quality of dying.Learn more ❯Living with death and dying
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Should the NHS have been better prepared for the cyber-highwaymen?
The Wannacry malware attack which locked down vital systems throughout much of the NHS on Friday was preventable, explains Conor Deane-McKenna.Read now ❯Should the NHS have been better prepared for the cyber-highwaymen?
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 in health and social care provides a sound and critical understanding of policy, theory and practice, and will help you to develop as an independent and reflective learner. By the end of the degree course you’ll be able to evaluate your own and others’ roles in the context of policy developments; evaluate emerging strategic solutions; and recognise and value diversity and difference. You’ll understand how ethical, legal, social, economic and political factors influence the provision and development of services; and gain the essential critical and analytical skills needed to engage in the development of evidence-based practice. You will also examine the context and processes of change in yourself, in groups and in services, including new ways of working across agencies and professional boundaries.Learn more ❯BA/BSc (Honours) Health and Social Care
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BSc (Honours) Healthcare and Health Science
This degree will provide you with some of the skills required for working in health science and with the ability to apply evidence-based scientific methodology to health-related issues. The combination of healthcare and health science topics will equip you with a broad understanding which applies to a range of debates about the provision of healthcare, as well as enabling you to evaluate the relationship between scientific and social understandings about the promotion of health.Read more❯BSc (Honours) Healthcare and Health Science