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Cancer Research UK
Demystifying Targeted Cancer Treatments
Discover the science behind targeted cancer treatments that are changing the landscape of patient care on this free online course
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University of Twente
Explore how spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) can be used to understand and improve public health.
Blissful mother and baby cuddling immediately after birth. Copyright Brisbane Birth Photography.
Griffith University
Maternity Care
Learn how quality relationships between mothers, midwives and other health professionals transform maternity care and save lives.
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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Preventing the Zika Virus: Understanding and Controlling the Aedes Mosquito
Discover the science behind the Zika outbreak to understand how it is spread and can be controlled.
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Deakin University
Professional Resilience
Learn how to become more resilient in your personal and professional life.
Connecting Patients and healthcare professionals through Social media
Taipei Medical University
Social Media in Healthcare
Understand how social media is used in healthcare, to improve communication and information sharing, with this free online course.
Image of a brain showing shrinkage due to a form of dementia
UCL (University College London)
The Many Faces of Dementia
Gain a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses.
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Complutense University of Madrid
Animal Viruses
Learn how important animal viruses are transmitted between animals and humans, and understand the diseases they produce.
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University of Leeds
Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Cardiovascular Disease
Explore normal cardiovascular function and risk factors associated with heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
A sports coach speaks to a group
Deakin University
Coaching in the Knowledge Era
Find out how to become a successful coach in the knowledge era and learn key coaching skills.
Monash University
Food as Medicine: Food, Exercise and the Gut
Gain a deeper understanding of the connection between food, exercise and the gut, with this course for healthcare professionals.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Health in Humanitarian Crises
Discover the health needs of those affected by humanitarian crises, challenges of delivering healthcare, and what we must do next.
Mother and baby eating watermelon in natural bright surroundings
Deakin University
Infant Nutrition
It’s well known that good early nutrition is vital to the development, health and wellbeing of children, but what does this mean?
Influenza: How the Flu Spreads and Evolves - course image
Lancaster University
Get an introduction to the biology, epidemiology and evolution of the influenza virus in this free online course.
Liver transplant: an X-ray type image showing the position and size of the liver in the human body
University of Birmingham
Liver Transplant
Learn about the science behind having a liver transplant with this free online course from the Centre for Liver Research.
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Monash University
Maintaining a Mindful Life
Learn how to apply mindfulness techniques, so you can improve your communication, relationships and emotional health.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Managing Change in a Healthcare Environment
Understand why change happens in healthcare environments and learn how to improve your response.
UCL (University College London)
Perioperative Medicine in Action
Explore perioperative medicine and how you can improve care for the high risk surgical patient. Join this RCoA endorsed course.
"Colours" by Connor Sparrowhawk: #JusticeforLB
The University of Kent
Understanding Autism
Understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum and life with autism, with this online course.
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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain
Understand where public health has come from, why it looks the way it does today and where it might go next.
University of Leeds
Anatomy: Know Your Abdomen
Discover the human abdomen and how it works.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Clinical Supervision with Confidence
Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate learners effectively with this online course for clinical and educational supervisors.
Purdue University
Creating Moments of Joy for People with Alzheimer’s
Learn how to help people with Alzheimer's disease live as well as possible with practical tips and advice.
Dementia care: a paper chain of people holding hands
Newcastle University
Dementia Care
A course for carers, to help you stay connected to loved ones, manage stress at home and defuse difficult situations.
University of Leeds
Exploring Cancer Medicines
Explore the use of medicines in treating cancer and take your first steps towards becoming a science writer.
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University of Leeds
Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research
On this free online course, find out how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated to improve healthcare for all.
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St George's, University of London
Preparing for an International Health Elective
Prepare for undertaking an International Health Elective, in this course developed in collaboration with King's College London
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Trinity College Dublin
Strategies for Successful Ageing
Find out how staying happy, healthy, socially-connected and active can help you age successfully, with this free online course.
Genomics and a DNA helix model
St George's, University of London
The Genomics Era: the Future of Genetics in Medicine
Get an introduction to the growing role of genomics in healthcare, for patient diagnoses, treatment and disease prevention.
The University of Sheffield
The Musculoskeletal System
Demystify the ageing process and learn how our everyday behaviours are likely to affect our long-term musculoskeletal health.
University of Reading
Understanding Depression and Low Mood in Young People
Understand how to recognise depression and low mood in teenagers and learn how to help.
Breath by Pippa Skotnes
University of Cape Town
What Is a Mind?
Explore the most pertinent scientific and philosophical concepts for understanding our own minds with this free online course
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University of Twente
How can technology make you healthy? Learn about the design, application, implementation and evaluation of eHealth.
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University of Leeds
Causes of Human Disease: Exploring Cancer and Genetic Disease
Explore how the unravelling of genetic code has led to a deeper understanding of genetic diseases and cancer.
Joven con una tableta apoyado en una pared
University of Bath
Encontrando los apoyos tecnológicos más adecuados para alumnado con autismo y/o discapacidad intelectual.
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Middlesex University Business School
Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life
Learn more about the issues faced by older people in relation to problematic substance use.
Patients waiting for and receiving treatment
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Global Blindness
Understand global blindness and how to plan effective eye care with this online course for health professionals.
Find out how poems, plays and novels can help us understand and cope with deep emotional strain in this free online course.
The University of Warwick
Literature and Mental Health
Find out how poems, plays and novels can help us understand and cope with deep emotional strain in this free online course.
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University of Aberdeen
Nutrition and Wellbeing
Demystify the complex and conflicting messages we hear about nutrition, health and lifestyle today, with this free online course.
Occupational health: two men working in a factory in a developing country
University of Bergen
Occupational Health in Developing Countries
Learn how occupational health can reduce illnesses or injuries caused by working conditions, with this free online course.
Young autistic man with tablet leaning against wall
University of Bath
Determining the most appropriate technological resources for children with autism and/or intellectual (learning) disabilities.
Jove autista amb una tauleta recolzat sobre un mur
University of Bath
Valencian SMART-ASD
Establim recursos tecnològics adequats als xiquets i xiquetes amb autisme i/o discapacitat intel·lectual (d'aprenentatge).
Young autistic man with tablet leaning against wall
University of Bath
Otizmli ve/veya zihinsel (öğrenme) engelli çocuklar için en uygun teknolojik kaynakların belirlenmesi.
A child looks up to the sky - child care
University of Strathclyde
Caring for Vulnerable Children
Develop an understanding of some of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children, with this free online course.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Clinical Supervision: Planning Your Professional Development
Identify your own learning needs as a clinical supervisor and create a personal development plan to address them.
Taipei Medical University
Internet of Things for Active Aging
Learn about how the Internet of Things can help people aging well with this free online course.
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University of Twente
Nanotechnology for Health
Discover how nanotechnology can be used for many new opportunities in healthcare with top University of Twente researchers.
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University of Twente
Ultrasound Imaging
Understand the technology of ultrasound, see how it is used in clinical practice and learn how to improve medical imaging.
Pathogens under microscope causing infectious diseases
University of Leeds
Causes of Human Disease: Transmitting and Fighting Infection
Learn how pathogens cause infectious diseases, how these diseases are transmitted and how our immune system respond to infection.
The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance: Point Prevalence Surveys
Learn how to use Point Prevalence Surveys (PPS) to measure antibiotic consumption and fight antimicrobial resistance.
Mental health and well-being
University of Liverpool
Psychology and Mental Health
Learn how a psychological understanding of our emotions and behaviour gives us new ways to improve mental health and well-being.
An illustration of a person with icons floating around their head to represent aspects of psychosis such as a puzzle piece, a medication bottle and a trauma sign.
King's College London
Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Explore the key issues related to caring for a relative with psychosis or schizophrenia, with this short, free online course.
A pair of wind-up toy teeth and a dental inspection mirror
The University of Sheffield
Discover Dentistry
An entertaining and illuminating course for everyone to explore the impact dentistry has on our lives.
A graphic of a face and two pills to symbolise dysphagia
UEA (University of East Anglia)
This course will enhance the knowledge of any person involved in the administration of medicines to patients with dysphagia.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
End-of-Life Care for People with Dementia
Understand the needs of people with dementia, and how to better support them and enhance their wellbeing towards the end of life.
University of Exeter
Genomic Medicine
Learn how developments in genomics are transforming our knowledge and treatment of conditions such as diabetes.
St George's, University of London
Genomic Technologies in Clinical Diagnostics: Next Generation Sequencing
Understand new and established genomic sequencing technologies, and how to apply them in clinical practice.
Mosaic body maps
University of Cape Town
Medicine and the Arts
Explore the field of medical humanities - the intersection of the arts, humanities and healthcare - with this free online course.
A surgeon and a process model
Eindhoven University of Technology
Process Mining in Healthcare
Learn how process mining can be used to turn healthcare data into valuable insights to improve patient care while reducing costs.
Ageing through time
University of Groningen
Why Do We Age? The Molecular Mechanisms of Ageing
Why do we age? Is there a limit to human lifespan? Can we prolong our lives? Find out with this free online course.
image of bacteria under microscope causing human disease
University of Leeds
Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Causes of Disease
Learn the epidemiological methods used to understand the causes of diseases and how social factors influence their development.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Clinical Supervision: Assessing and Providing Feedback
Explore workplace-based assessment methods and how to use them effectively in practice with this course for clinical supervisors.
Map of the world highlighting those countries affected by trachoma
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Eliminating Trachoma
Discover how communities and experts are joining together to end trachoma disease across 42 endemic countries by the year 2020.
A pile of various pill packets, representing drugs and medicines
University of Birmingham
Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins
Explore our past, present and future understanding of drugs with this online course. Where do drugs come from? How do they work?
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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action
Consider the latest data, priorities and debates about the health of mothers, children and adolescents in this free online course.
Cancer cells
University of Bath
Inside Cancer
Understand how genetics influence the development and spread of cancer, with this free, introductory online course.
Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation
The University of Warwick
Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation
This free online course will explore how leadership can influence strategic outcomes in healthcare organisations.
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University of Bergen
Medical Peace Work
Learn about the vital role healthcare plays in violence prevention and peace-building both globally and locally
King's College London
Medicines Adherence: Understanding and Changing Patient Behaviour
Initiate and support behaviour change in patients with medicines adherence problems – not taking their medicines as prescribed.
A pictorial representation of the effect of drugs, exercise and food on metabolism in man. The image suggests the combined effect of the genome, metabolites and the environment.
University of Birmingham
Discover how metabolomics is revolutionising our understanding of metabolism with this free online course.
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Monash University
Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance
Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this free online course.
University of Wollongong
Preventing Childhood Obesity
Prevent childhood obesity by learning about healthy eating, physical activity, screen time and sleep for children under five.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
The Role of Personal Assistants in Disability Support
Find out about the new role of personal assistants in disability support, and how to improve working relationships in the area.
Picture of pair of hands and insulin pen
University of Southampton
Understanding Insulin
Learn more about all things insulin: from how it works, to insulin types, to side effects and guidance on how to prescribe safely.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Using Infection Control to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
Find out how effective infection control in health and social care can tackle the global risk of antimicrobial resistance.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Using Personalized Medicine and Pharmacogenetics
Get to grips with pharmacogenetics and personalized medicine, so you can make informed treatment decisions.
Gram Negative Bacteria under the microscope
The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance: Gram Negative Bacteria
This course by BSAC is for healthcare professionals managing infections. You will learn about Gram Negative Bacteria.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Clinical Supervision: Teaching and Facilitating Learning
Create a conducive learning environment and facilitate effective learning with this online course for clinical supervisors.
An intra-oral digital dental photograph
University of Birmingham
Improving Your Image
Learn how to achieve consistent and excellent results in all aspects of dental photography with this free online course.
A human left looks at a goat right, in the backdrop the abstract globe of the earth
University of Basel
One Health
Become familiar with One Health, a promising concept, and the effective solutions it provides for urgent health problems.
X-ray image of a man running
University of Liverpool
Physiology: the Science of Life
Get an introduction to human physiology and the amazing systems in our bodies that keep us alive.
Young girl with her head in her hands
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Youth Mental Health
Get an introduction to managing anxiety disorders in teenagers, with a course ideal for teachers and healthcare professionals.
Bioprinting: body parts and implants created by 3D printing biomaterials
University of Wollongong
Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts
Discover how biomaterials and 3D printing collide, to create revolutionary, bioprinted body parts, with this free online course.
DNA strand
University of Glasgow
Cancer in the 21st Century
Discover how genetics is revolutionising the detection and treatment of cancer, with this free online course.
The heart
University of Reading
Heart Health
Learn more about how your heart works, the causes of heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy with this free online course
The University of Auckland
Logical and Critical Thinking
Improve your logical and critical thinking skills in this free online course. Identify common obstacles to effective thinking.
Image of women marching for women's rights
University of Strathclyde
Understanding Violence Against Women
Learn how to challenge attitudes that lead to violence against women and develop your knowledge of this human rights issue.
A suspect in a police line-up
The Open University
Forensic Psychology
Discover how psychology can help obtain evidence from eyewitnesses in police investigations and prevent miscarriages of justice.
Stethoscope on charts
University of Bath
Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Explore new and better ways of organising health and social care services, to improve quality, with this free online course.
Two people discuss cancer prevention and their health
Cancer Research UK
Talking About Cancer: Reducing Risk, Early Detection and Mythbusting
1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. At Cancer Research UK we want to get people talking about cancer and health.
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Monash University
The Science of Medicines
Learn the science behind how and why medicines work, and what can improve patient's treatment, with this free online course.

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