University of Leeds program

Causes of Human Disease

Explore what causes human disease, through this flexible program of online courses. Earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds.

  • Overview 5 courses + 1 assessment
  • Duration 13 weeks
  • Learn Free
  • Credential $370 + £300 More info
  • Program Academic credential

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

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds On 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 seconds To 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.

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 knowledge and demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD).

Academic credential program

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.

*You may be able to use the academic award towards a range of undergraduate degree programmes at the University of Leeds. Applications for accreditation of prior learning are considered on an individual basis.

The next scheduled run of the Final Assessment Course begins 11 January 2021. Currently, there are no further runs of the Final Assessment Course planned after this date.

If you are aiming to complete the program for 10 credits from the University of Leeds we recommend that you do so in time to take the Final Assessment Course in January 2021.

10 weeks recommended learning
3 week assessment course
$370 USD (course costs)
£300 GBP (assessment cost)
5 courses + 1 assessment
10 credits from the University of Leeds

How does our pricing work?

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$370 USD - Course Upgrades
£300 GBP - Final Assessment

Can I learn for free?

Programs are made up of short courses, most of which you can join for free.

However, if you want to take the final assessment and unlock the award or accreditation for the program, you must upgrade each individual course or buy Unlimited to gain a Certificate of Achievement for all the courses in the program.

How do course upgrades work?

If you want to spend more time on course material and better demonstrate what you've learned, you may choose to upgrade each course. You can upgrade your courses at any point after you enrol.

When you upgrade a course, you get ongoing access to the course material for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn. This means you can return to the subject whenever you like.

You will also be given access to any course tests, and the ability to qualify for a downloadable and printed Certificate of Achievement to show what you’ve achieved.

How does Unlimited work?

If you have Unlimited, you will get access to all of the short courses in this program, plus hundreds of other short courses and tests for a year.

You have the ability to learn at your own pace throughout the year and gain digital Certificates of Achievement on all your courses.

If you gain a certificate on a course, you will keep access to the course’s content beyond your Unlimited year so you can revise the content whenever you need.

Unlimited costs $279.99 for a year. Find out more about Unlimited.

What is the final assessment?

The final assessment is designed to rigorously test your understanding of the subject. This test is marked by experts and enables you to demonstrate your learning to yourself and to employers.

The assessment is summative and may include a multiple-choice test, or tutor-marked assignment.

Passing the final assessment unlocks the academic or professional recognition associated with completing an entire FutureLearn program, plus a FutureLearn Award.

To be eligible for the final assessment, you must upgrade on each individual course or buy Unlimited and attain a Certificate of Achievement for all of the courses in the program. The final assessment must be purchased separately.

Are these the final prices?

Yes. There are no additional fees. The price you see here includes everything - such as test fees, tuition and any additional accreditation provided by the course.

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?

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 have been certified by the CPD Certification Service and can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development. For each course, by completing all aspects you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.