Investigating Human Health And Disease, Short Course | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
8 months
3228 GBP/full
3228 GBP/full
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Study the cell and molecular science of health and disease, from genetics, biomedicine and immunology to cell and microbiology. Experience laboratory approaches used to study and diagnose conditions such as cancer and autoimmune disorders with the Investigating Human Health And Disease at The Open University UK

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Learn how health research is communicated though scientific literature. Plus, analyse statistical data and report on data you’ve collected. You explore different areas of the health sciences sector, from clinical sciences to publishing and industry.

You will learn

A key aim of the Investigating Human Health And Disease at The Open University UK is to continue your development as a health scientist. Providing you with opportunities to study human disease using common investigative tools and approaches ranging from molecular testing through to working with human participants. The module also aims to increase your understanding of the wider health sciences sector, the professional skills required as a health scientist, and a selection of roles and occupations it encompasses.

Key skills developed will include:

  • communication skills, in particular presentation skills
  • collaboration skills
  • observation, investigation and practical skills
  • mathematical skills, including the use of statistics
  • information gathering, analytical and interpretative skills.

Programme Structure

In this online module, you’ll study six topics. You’ll carry out onscreen investigations using interactive tools, online databases and published articles.

  • Topic 1 – Humans as a model for investigation

  • Topic 2 – Cancers: from molecular dysfunction to therapy

  • Topic 3 – Rare disease: investigating cellular function

  • Topic 4 – Autoimmunity

  • Topic 5 – Genetic variation: towards personalised health

  • Topic 6 – Introducing the microbial world

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months

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60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements to study this module.
  • However, you need appropriate knowledge of biology or health. You’d normally be prepared by completing OU level 1 study as part of one of our health sciences qualifications, having passed Science: concepts and practice (S112) or Science and health (SDK100) and having completed some OU level 2 study by passing Human biology (SK299).

Tuition Fee

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    3228 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 3228 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.


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