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Learn about the science behind the causes of human disease, and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

The Causes of Human Disease program consists of five short online courses that look at the science behind the causes of human disease. The program focuses on different types of human disease like infectious, cardiovascular and genetic diseases and cancer and explores how social determinants, nutrition and environmental factors influence our health.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile, the five courses can be taken in any order, providing a flexible way to enhance your environmental management skills and demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD).

When you complete all five courses in the program and obtain a Certificate of Achievement for each, you will be eligible to join a final assessment course that leads to the award of 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsOn this programme, you're going to be learning about the different types of things that are involved in causing human disease. We're going to be looking at a range of different human diseases, some of which will be quite familiar to people. So when you think about a bacterial infection, you know that it's caused by some sort of organism. However, if you think about a more complex disease, such as cancer or heart disease, then there are a variety of different causes. Sometimes we refer to these as risk factors. So we'll be looking at the different types of things that can influence your chances of getting these diseases.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsTo cover the range of different human diseases that we're going to look at, we've gathered together a team of experts across disciplines, including genetics, cancer, cardiovascular disease, nutrition, and epidemiology, who will tell us about different aspects of human disease and what causes it. For most of you, you're going to get some surprises as we go through the material, because there'll be things that you've never really thought about before, either building on previous experience or opening up a new understanding of the different types of things that can contribute to human disease. Sign up for the Causes of Human Disease programme to discover more about the causes and risk factors, and how research is increasing our understanding of human disease.

Courses and assessment

To get an award you will need to upgrade all courses on this program, then qualify for a Certificate of Achievement on each course. To qualify you need to do at least 90% of each course and score an average of 70% or above on any tests.

Once you have qualified for a Certificate of Achievement on every course you will be able to take a final assessment course. Pass the final assessment course to earn a FutureLearn Award.

This program will require 10 weeks of learning, plus 3 weeks of assessment. The total cost for the courses is $470 + shipping. You will also need to pay £200.00 GBP to take the assessment.

Learn from academic experts and leading researchers in medicine and nutrition

The Causes of Human Diseases Program has been developed by the University of Leeds, one of the UK’s largest research-based universities and a member of the prestigious Russell Group. The University of Leeds was named University of the Year 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times' Good University Guide, and achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the highest award possible, for “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, of the highest quality found in the UK.”

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is one of the UK's most established and successful centres for medical and health research, with a focus on cancer, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disease and clinical trials. The extensive research portfolio supports basic, applied and translational activity to bring about patient benefit.

The Causes of Human Disease Program will be led by Dr Michael Routledge, Associated Professor of Environmental Toxicology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. His research focuses on environmental risk factors that cause disease, including the potential role of airborne particulates in cardiovascular disease and the impact of mycotoxins on child health in Africa. Throughout the program, Michael will be joined by experts from a range of different disciplines, to explore ideas raised in the courses, and provide a richness and diversity to the conversation .

Who will you learn with?

Michael Routledge

I am Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology in the School of Medicine, University of Leeds. My research interests are the health effects of mycotoxins and particulate matter.

Gain evidence of your continuing professional development

The courses within this program are seeking certification from the CPD Certification Service which means they can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.