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Improving Health and Wellbeing, Short Course

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 6 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
The Improving Health and Wellbeing programme offered by The Open University UK uses interactive teaching material and case studies to explain how nutrition, exercise, alcohol, smoking and stress are influenced by individual factors, family dynamics, locality and wider society.  
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All health and social care practitioners have a role in supporting others to improve their health and wellbeing. While the Making Every Contact Count initiative is one example of this approach, all practitioners are expected to promote health as part of their role. 

The Improving Health and Wellbeing programme offered by The Open University UK features the distinctive strengths of The Open University from its years of expertise in supporting learning. You'll benefit from:

  • the convenience of accessing its clearly presented and sequenced materials and activities whenever suits you and wherever you have access to the protected course website – if you prefer, you can print key materials to work on them offline.  Note taking templates are available and saved for you in the virtual learning environment.
  • receiving a Statement of Participation  which you can use to demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD) activity to your employer and/or professional body. (N.B. The course does not carry academic credits.)

Some of the pages within the course contain links to external sites.  Accessing these sites is part of the allocated study time for the course. You may also wish to undertake additional background study or reading if some of the concepts introduced are completely unfamiliar to you.

Vocational relevance

The course focuses on person-centred practice and is highly relevant to staff working at all levels in health and social care (registered staff and non-registered support staff), those directly involved in frontline care and those who need to understand the importance of supporting and empowering service users to make changes to their lifestyle and promote healthier living. Participants will establish a strong link between what they learn and their work practice.

The way the course is delivered means it is accessible to people working in acute, community and domiciliary settings; staff have access to learning at any time that suits them (24/7) and can refer back to case studies, guidance and learning points at any time – even after they have completed study. This ensures that outcomes from study can be applied in practice long after the course has been completed. We are proud of the way the course creates relevant, enduring and transferable outcomes for health and social care service.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      The course will be open to you for a time period of between 6 and 18 months depending on your course registration date and you will be advised of the specific time limitations upon enrolment.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You will study
  • the way in which health and wellbeing can be understood as arising out of individual biological and psychological factors. A model for understanding personal change and an approach to supporting people to make lifestyle changes will be discussed.
  • how family background shapes health behaviour and the kinds of interventions that attempt to address family issues.
  • the way in which an individual’s locality shapes their health and wellbeing. Community-based interventions and local action are explored.
  • how health is related to the nature of society. Legislation and regulation will be discussed in relation to food law and packaging. The role of the government and business in health will be discussed.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • There are no entry requirements. For each course you can register and begin at any time during the life of the course. You can study at your own pace. 

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    185 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 185 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Living costs for Milton Keynes

  • 848 - 1350 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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