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MSc in Mental Health Science free course icon

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MSc in Mental Health Science

This MSc looks at the biological and psychological underpinnings of mental health science. You'll examine anxiety, depression, psychosis and dementia from a biopsychosocial perspective. You'll gain advanced knowledge and understanding of contemporary topics in mental health science. Plus, acquire the skills to critically evaluate literature, discuss issues and communicate your understanding. You'll also plan and carry out an academically rigorous research project. And develop skills and knowledge relevant to further research, employment and professional practice.

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BSc (Honours) Health Sciences

This degree examines the science behind health. From individual health to global issues like epidemics or the treatment of dementia. You'll study scientific concepts that underpin the function of the human mind and body. Explore the incidence, diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability. And examine the maintenance and improvement of health in different populations. It's particularly relevant if you work in, or aspire to work in, a health-related profession.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Health Sciences

In this diploma, you'll study the essential scientific concepts underpinning the function of the human mind and body; the incidence, diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability; and the maintenance and improvement of health in different populations. If you're interested in the science behind our health ? from what we can do as individuals to stay healthy, to global health issues such as epidemics or the treatment of people with dementia ? this diploma is for you. It's particularly relevant if you work in health-related professions, or you're thinking about doing so.

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MSc project module for MSc in Mental Health Science

In this project module, which is entirely online, you'll carry out an in-depth investigation into a mental health science topic of your choice. You must link it to one or more core topics and knowledge-based learning objectives from either (S826) or (SD816). Your project can be literature based or involve laboratory work, but it must focus on a well-defined area (diagnosis, causes or interventions) directly related to anxiety, depression, psychosis or dementia, and be primarily from biological or psychological perspectives. You'll have the support and guidance of a supervisor by both email and telephone.

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Core topics in mental health science: psychosis and dementia free course icon

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Core topics in mental health science: psychosis and dementia

SD816 is the core compulsory Stage 2 module for the MSc (F78) and Postgraduate Diploma (E91) in Mental Health Science. This online module draws on biological, psychological and social sciences to investigate psychosis and dementia - conditions that are of major global health concern and socio-economic impact. Building on prior study and skills developed at Stage 1, the module will broaden your knowledge and understanding of these core topics in mental health science, and further develops your critical thinking, practical and professional skills. SD816 is suitable for those with relevant backgrounds in biological and psychological sciences, medical and allied professions.

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How to make the most out of our visit to the Great Outdoors: walking with The Parks Trust and staying mindful

A new resource aimed to help people with dementia engage with their surroundings has been developed by The Parks Trust in Partnership with The Open University. This article explains more...

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Broken Hearts in Batten Disease (Juvenile Dementia)

An overview of the processes that cause the regular beating of a healthy heart, and the structure of cardiac myocytes (heart muscle cells) with a brief introduction to changes in the heart function found in CLN3 disease, or juvenile dementia.  

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Improving dementia care

This 50-hour non-accredited, self-directed online course is for registered and unregistered practitioners and carers with an interest in, or responsibility for, the care of people with dementia. The course encourages you to think critically about what it means to be person-centred, and reflect upon the challenges of providing quality care. Real accounts of practice from people affected by dementia, their family members and practitioners enrich this interactive course. Written assuming no prior knowledge, the online learning guides support you in building your understanding of dementia care through discussions of up-to-date research and theory, brought to life through interactive activities and audio-visual accounts from practice.

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The science of the mind: investigating mental health

To what extent can we understand mental wellbeing and treat mental health conditions such as depression and dementia by focusing on the brain and its functioning? This module presents and challenges the medical model of mental health with its reliance on drug treatment, contrasting it with ideas in the field of health psychology. You will learn from case reports of those who have a mental health condition and those who care for them, as well as from relevant research studies. The module has an emphasis on understanding different approaches within psychology, as well as the nature of evidence for and against these approaches.

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Exploring anxiety

This free advanced level course, Exploring anxiety, serves as an introduction to masters level study in neurosciences and mental health. Focusing on anxiety, you will consider key issues concerning diagnosis, causes and interventions. You will also learn how to evaluate news items, and to go behind the headlines and begin to explore some of the more contemporary and controversial findings within the field.

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5 reasons why exercising outdoors is great for people who have dementia

Severity of dementia is linked to getting older. In this article Dr Jitka Vseteckova tells us of the five ways exercise can benefit people with dementia...

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Certificate in End-of-Life Care

How do we approach death and dying at an individual level? How do we understand it within a wider social context? What are the ethical dilemmas faced by carers and dying people at the end of life? This certificate introduces a range of issues relating to death, dying and dementia care. Drawing on real case studies and acted scenarios, you’ll see and hear from people living with dementia, and from dying people and their carers. You’ll learn how people manage grief (including following sudden and mass death); and explore the social context of death and dying, end-of-life care, bereavement, and ethics. You’ll also explore the incidence and pathology of dementia and its impact on the person with dementia; how people are cared for at home and in care settings; and the ethical dilemmas associated with dementia. Throughout your studies, the emphasis is on the reality of end-of-life care and what changes can improve that care.

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