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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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BSc (Honours) Health Sciences

This degree is ideal if you're interested in the science behind our health ? from our individual health, to global issues such as epidemics or the treatment of people with dementia. It's particularly relevant if you work in a health-related profession, or you're thinking about doing so. 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.

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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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Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

This certificate offers an accessible and engaging introduction to the science behind human health and disease. If you're interested in health science and developing essential skills for study, this course is for you. By the end of your study, you'll have a valuable qualification under your belt and be on your way to an honours degree.

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Infectious disease and public health

Infectious disease affects all our lives to varying degrees, often making front-page news: 'New resistant strain of TB', 'Will bird flu cross over to humans?' 'Hospital infections reach epidemic proportions', etc. This module approaches infectious disease from several perspectives ? exploring the underlying biology, epidemiology, ecology and evolution of pathogens in relation to the extraordinary immune defences of their human hosts. You will learn how infections are diagnosed, how to study changes in the incidence of diseases and investigate strategies for treatment and control through detailed case studies. You will also have the chance to study a disease or disease-related topic in detail.

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Human biology

You'll learn about the major human body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, excretory, endocrine, nervous, digestive, reproductive) and their major dysfunctions, as well as look at multifactorial conditions related to lifestyle choices. While learning the basic science, the material will also emphasise the richness of interactions between the individual and their environment. You'll learn human biology in an interdisciplinary context; relatable to a variety of backgrounds, whether science, technology, the humanities or the health professions. It will enable you to appreciate how such knowledge is relevant to issues in health and disease.

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Linear statistical modelling

This module covers statistical modelling where a response variable depends on one or several explanatory variables: such as how well patients respond to a treatment, given their age and disease severity; or how different strains of wheat compare when grown in various conditions. Taking a practical approach, you'll use real problems and data to stimulate analyses and their interpretation. Statistical tools are introduced, and use of the statistical software package, Genstat (supplied) is taught. You need a reasonable understanding of basic statistical ideas, as developed by (M248). You'll learn to use the most important methods of analysing data ? a skill that too few people have.

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Terrestrial ecosystems

This module considers the interactions between terrestrial organisms and their environments ? that together form ecosystems, ranging from simple microbial communities to tropical rainforests. We could even consider earth as a whole ecosystem. The module will introduce you to key ecosystem concepts, and develop your understanding of the stability and resilience of ecosystems to disturbances such as disease and pollution. You'll learn how ecosystem function depends on exchanges of water, energy and nutrients; and gain practical experience with current research techniques, including real-time monitoring and computer modelling. Finally, you'll gain experience in writing professional-style reports on ecological systems.

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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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World Toilet Day

Toilets save lives. We've compiled some resources to help raise awareness for the 2 billion people who do not have access to toilets and proper sanitation.

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Concept to clinic

This module provides an overview of the drug discovery and development process from a modern and historical perspective, exemplified by the design and development of current and future therapeutic drugs for pain and inflammation. You will be introduced to a range of issues in drug discovery, from the initial concept of selecting a disease, a disease target and the type of molecules to be utilised, to evaluating their properties, identifying lead compounds and developing these into commercial drug products. You will mainly work independently with online support although you will have an opportunity to collaborate in group-work activities.

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Investigating human health and disease

You'll explore a variety of approaches to studying human health. Using onscreen tools, you'll study various aspects of the underlying cell and molecular biology of disease, from genetics to cell biology. Experiencing common laboratory approaches used to both study and diagnose conditions such as cancer and autoimmune disorders. You'll learn how health research is communicated though scientific literature, and prepare reports based upon data you've collected. Throughout the module, you'll explore different areas of the health sciences sector beyond academia.

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