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.
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
This course requires approximately 2 – 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 3 hours 48 minutes.
If you pass this course you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn’t a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.