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Certificate in Health Sciences

If you're interested in the scientific and social aspects of disease and disability, this certificate is for you. It integrates biological, chemical and physical sciences with psychology, health statistics and social sciences to investigate the underlying causes and solutions in a range of conditions ? from pain and addiction to lung disease and cancer.

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Investigating human health and disease

Study the cell and molecular science of health and disease, from genetics, biomedicine and immunology to cell and microbiology. Experience laboratory approaches used to study and diagnose conditions such as cancer and autoimmune disorders. Learn how health research is communicated though scientific literature. Plus, analyse statistical data and report on data you've collected. You explore different areas of the health sciences sector, from clinical sciences to publishing and industry.

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Science and health: an evidence-based approach

This key introductory module introduces the science of human health and is structured around eight globally important health topics, ranging from nutrition and infectious diseases to pain and breast cancer screening. Each topic integrates key concepts in the biological, chemical and physical sciences with psychology and health statistics to illuminate the causes of disease and disability and the consequence for individuals and populations. You will also develop the skills you need for further study of the health sciences, including evaluating evidence; handling numbers; presenting data; writing skills; and using information technology.

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I had cancer - now stop supporting just me

Jack Brodie, a former young person with cancer, recounts his experience. He discusses what it was like and what he hopes changes for other young people facing the disease in the future.

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Molecules in medicine

This module surveys a prominent area of contemporary medical science: the molecular understanding of disease and its use in the design of drugs to treat different disease states and conditions. You'll be introduced to a range of drug therapy topics, including heart disease, infectious diseases (including bacterial and viral), cancer, and neuropharmacology. You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research, culminating in the production of a literature review which is excellent preparation for the (S810).

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How does COVID-19 affect cancer treatment? article icon

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How does COVID-19 affect cancer treatment?

Cancer researchers working at The Open University answer cancer-related questions about the new coronavirus in this series of articles...

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How might COVID-19 affect cancer patients at different stages of their disease? article icon

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How might COVID-19 affect cancer patients at different stages of their disease?

Will Covid-19 delay cancer treatment? What should you do if you think you have cancer symptoms in these strange times? This articles explains...

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Does cancer treatment increase the risk of severe COVID-19 and why? article icon

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Does cancer treatment increase the risk of severe COVID-19 and why?

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy and surgery can weaken a patient's immune system, so what happens if patient undergoing treatment comes into contact with COVID-19?

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Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 relating to cancer

Discover how COVID-19 will impact new cancer treatments and ongoing clinical trials, access to drugs and smokers.

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An invisible group: Young people’s experiences of living with a loved one who is seriously ill article icon

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An invisible group: Young people’s experiences of living with a loved one who is seriously ill

Potentially a million children and young people in the UK live with a parent or caregiver who has a longstanding illness. What's the impact on them and what help is available?

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Genomic “dark matter”: a key to understand cancer biology? article icon

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Genomic “dark matter”: a key to understand cancer biology?

Could studying certain elements in our genome , previously considered to be 'junk', hold the key to the treatment of several diseases? One OU Ph.D. student explains her research:

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Hospital: The cost of treatment

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.

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