Understanding Common Diseases is designed for everyone who cares about their health or is interested in knowing more about how their body works. Over the course of the subject, you will hear from patients with four different diseases: high blood pressure, heartburn, diabetes and the common cold. We have chosen these diseases as they all affect different body systems and occur commonly in the general public. We will be describing how patients experience the disease, the normal way the body system works and looking at how the disease affects function and how you and your doctor can best manage your health.
What will I learn?
Understanding of health and disease, its management and prevention
Understanding the ways in which the major body systems function including the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory tract
How blood pressure is normally regulated
How blood sugar levels are normally regulated
How the immune system responds to invasion of the respiratory tract by microorganisms
Recognise the signs and symptoms of high blood pressure, heartburn, diabetes, and common colds and flu
The principles of the treatment and management of high blood pressure, heartburn, diabetes, common cold and flu
Where could this lead me?
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MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Jason Gallowaycompleted this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is a great class. I took it only to get the information about diabetes, but I ended up enjoying the whole series. The instructors are likeable and the format of information delivery was good. I would have liked even more depth in the explanations, but it was still a very good overview of how these diseases work within human physiology.
Peter M Abrahamcompleted this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The instructors provided a very good foundation for understanding common diseases that can greatly impact everyday life. The classes included cases studies. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in healthcare as well as those interested in understanding common diseases.