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Top Online Courses in Medical Studies 2019

The field of medicine concerns itself with diagnosing, preventing, and treating human illnesses and injuries. Medical students learn to heal and care for sick people, using their in-depth knowledge of the human body and topics such as pharmaceuticals and surgery.

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Formación Alcalá

Number of hours and credits: 500 hours and 20 ECTS credits. ... [+]

Best Online Courses in Medical Studies. Number of hours and credits: 500 hours and 20 ECTS credits. Duration: 3 months minimum and maximum 7 months from the date of enrollment - Mode: Material provided in book format + Evaluation and Tutorials by Virtual Training Platform Alcalá. GOALS Acquire theoretical foundation and develop the skills, aptitudes and attitudes necessary so that you can prevent, diagnose and treat patients with chronic renal failure, dialysis and transplantation. Acquire the knowledge, skills, techniques and procedures to prevent and properly care for patients with renal disease. Give an in-depth and updated knowledge, technical skills and competencies necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of nephrology sic... [-]
Spain Jaén
September 2019
Part-time
3 - 7 months
Online
Gateway International College

The course covers all the Anatomy and Physiology required for Level 2 and Level 3 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for beauty, nails, and holistic therapy treatments ... [+]

An understanding of Anatomy and Physiology is required as the basis of all practical training courses in beauty and holistic therapy.

The course covers all the Anatomy and Physiology required for Level 2 and Level 3 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for beauty, nails, and holistic therapy treatments.

All modules and examinations are completed online.

As with all of the courses offered at Gateway International College, full tutorial support is available throughout your learning experience and course materials are provided including clear and easy-to-understand course documents and audio/visual resources. Students also receive a copy of the Guild’s full-colour 480-page Anatomy and Physiology textbook – normal cost £19.95.... [-]

United Kingdom London
Open Enrollment
30 hours
Online
FutureLearn

1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. At Cancer Research UK we want to get people talking about cancer and health. ... [+]

Gain the tips, tools, and confidence to have conversations that could save lives

Talking about cancer can be tough. You might be worried that you’ll say the wrong thing or that you simply don’t know enough about the subject.

This course draws on the knowledge of Cancer Research UK experts. Learning is through quizzes, articles, discussion, and videos demonstrating conversational dos and don’ts.

Over the course of 3 weeks, you will find out how to encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes, access local services or visit their doctor promptly if they notice changes in their body.

What topics will you cover? Key facts and health messages about cancer prevention, screening, and early diagnosis, and how to explain them. Confidence for having conversations about cancer that help others take positive action. Identification of barriers to making lifestyle changes or seeing a doctor. Communication methods that overcome barriers and avoid building defensiveness and fear. Methods of questioning that help people make decisions for themselves. Identifying how our own feelings can affect conversations. Directing people to the right places for advice and support. Creating an action plan for talking about cancer. What will you achieve? ... [-]
United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
3 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Understand how genetics influence the development and spread of cancer, with this free, introductory online course. ... [+]

What is the one thing that all cancers have in common? They begin as mutant or rebel cells! In this course, we will explore how changes in cancer genetics and epigenetics enable these cells to grow uncontrollably, by exploiting our blood vessels and immune system along with other systemic changes.

Finally, we will discuss how our understanding of genetics has helped both refine conventional treatments like radiation and chemotherapy, and inform the design of new treatments that can target specific proteins within cancer cells.

What topics will you cover?

What is cancer and why do we get it?

How rogue cells behave: oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, and apoptosis in cancer development... [-]

United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
4 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Learn how new digital health technologies are transforming cancer management with this course for healthcare professionals. ... [+]

Understand the potential of new technology in managing cancer

Recent advances in cancer treatment and management have to lead to people with cancer living longer than ever before; now healthcare must begin to consider how to help people with cancer live healthily.

On this course, you will explore and discuss how new digital health technologies, like wearables, social media, and home sensors, are starting to transform the management of cancer. There are hundreds of apps for people living with cancer, are they helpful? Can wearable devices promote healthier lifestyles in patients with cancer? It’s time to find out.

What topics will you cover? Digital health technologies Patient advocacy Mind-Body Connections Gamification for Health Promotion in patients with cancer Wearable technologies ... [-]
United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
4 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Learn about how your liver works, ways to look after it and how liver damage is caused, studied and treated around the world. ... [+]

We are currently experiencing an international explosion of liver disease that continues to have an enormous impact on healthcare systems and global health. In the UK we have seen a 20% increase in deaths related to liver disease since 2000, and this pattern reflects the global situation.

Contrary to expectations, this dramatic increase in liver disease is not restricted to patients who drink alcohol, and liver cancer is the third most common cause of cancer-related death. Many inherited conditions and acquired infections can also cause liver disease, and liver disease as a consequence of obesity and diet is becoming especially significant.

This course will teach you about the amazing roles the liver fulfills to keep you healthy and will show you how these functions are compromised when the liver is damaged. We will highlight the reasons why the liver disease is on the increase and show you some of the amazing new treatment options available to address the global challenge of liver disease. Finally, we will also show you some simple steps you can take to look after your liver to prevent liver disease.... [-]

United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
3 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Discover how genetics is revolutionizing the detection and treatment of cancer, with this free online course. ... [+]

Cancer Research UK estimates that 1 in 2 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. It is a disease that impacts on most people’s lives at some stage. So understanding cancer and the development of new treatments is of intrinsic interest to us all.

This free online course is open to anyone, although it is designed for individuals with a prior interest in biology, including current undergraduate students, and nurses or medics who want to further their knowledge in this area.

Over six weeks, we will examine three key questions about cancer diagnosis and treatment:

Where have we come from? Where are we now? And where are we going?

The course will offer insights into patients’ experiences and enable discussions on key issues. Guest lecturers will include active researchers and those involved in direct patient care.... [-]

United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
6 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Explore how the unraveling of the genetic code has led to a deeper understanding of genetic diseases and cancer. ... [+]

Understand the role of genes in cancer and genetic disease

It’s widely known that some diseases run in families. The discovery of the structure of DNA and the unraveling of the genetic code has led to a deeper understanding of such diseases. We now know more about the genetic basis of cancer and how cancer cells are formed and reproduce. On this course, you’ll explore the structure of DNA, its processes and learn how genetic disease results from DNA alterations. You’ll look closely at the nature of these changes, causes and risk factors – this is vital in the case of cancer, as prevention has proved to be an effective way of managing this disease.

What topics will you cover? The chemical structure of DNA, genes, and chromosomes. The importance of DNA in understanding the causes of genetic diseases. DNA replication and cell reproduction. The role of genes and proteins in controlling the activities of the cell and the cell cycle. How genes and chromosomes can be permanently altered when mistakes happen during DNA replication. The wide variety of different agents that can cause cancer. The differences between normal cells and cancer cells. Causes of genetic disease. Different types of genetic diseases and how they may arise. What will you achieve? ... [-]
United Kingdom UK Online
November 2019
Full-time
Part-time
2 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Discover the science behind targeted cancer treatments that are changing the landscape of patient care on this free online course ... [+]

Thanks to ground-breaking research over the past 20 years, new, more targeted treatments have been developed that are changing the way we treat cancer, and providing new hope for patients. Join us and discover the science behind these treatments and learn through quizzes, interviews, articles and patient case studies. Each week you’ll have the opportunity to engage in discussion with other learners on key issues. You’ll learn from experts in the field and gain a deeper understanding of how targeted cancer treatments work to support your patients.

What topics will you cover? What are targeted treatments and how are they used today Biological concepts behind targeted cancer treatments Cell communication and cancer Treatments for solid tumours that block cell communication pathways (monoclonal antibodies and kinase inhibitors) Communicating to patients about targeted cancer treatments Side effects of treatments and how they impact patients’ quality of life The unique properties of blood cancers and the targeted therapies used to treat them The relationship between cancer and the immune system Various immunotherapy strategies including checkpoint inhibitors, adoptive cell transfer and cancer treatment vaccines How immunotherapy is reported in the news and managing patient expectations of treatment The challenges of drug resistance and the implementation of biomarker tests The future of targeted cancer treatments What will you achieve? ... [-]
United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
5 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Examine tissues and identify disease with histology and histopathology Histology is a key part of modern medicine – it helps us study cells and tissues at a microscopic l ... [+]

Examine tissues and identify disease with histology and histopathology Histology is a key part of modern medicine – it helps us study cells and tissues at a microscopic level, and accurately diagnose diseases such as cancer. This online course introduces the field. It starts with the basic principles of light microscopy, before focussing on the structure and function of human tissues, and the relationships between them. You’ll use a virtual microscope to compare normal tissues with pathological (or diseased) ones, and use histopathology to identify and diagnose each disease. The course was produced with the kind support of Dangoor Education.

What topics will you cover? An introduction to histology and the role or histopathology in diagnosis of disease Development of skills in using a light microscope and understanding the potentials and limits of the instrument Description of how histological slides are produced, stained and interpreted Development of the ability to identify a number of cell types and tissues from their histological appearance Description of the structures of a number of tissues with relationship to their functions Description of some major pathological changes and their histological appearance Development of the ability to identify histopathological changes and their relationship to the underlying disease processes What will you achieve? ... [-]
United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
4 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) are a group of bacteria that can cause infection and toxic reaction in patients, yet are difficult to differentiate and treat with antibiotic ... [+]

Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) are a group of bacteria that can cause infection and toxic reaction in patients, yet are difficult to differentiate and treat with antibiotics due to their structure.

This online course - led by experts from the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) - looks at this challenge. You’ll explore the microbiology of gram-negative bacteria, and find out how to identify, classify, diagnose and treat GNB infections.

You’ll also look at occurrences of GNB and antibiotic resistance worldwide, and understand the impact they have on health and economic outcomes.

What topics will you cover? The microbiology of Gram-Negative Bacteria to enable diagnosis of infections The identification and classification of clinical infections associated with common Gram-Negative Bacteria The occurrence of resistance - epidemiology and basic mechanisms of resistance, locally and globally The key objectives and principles of treatment, including negative consequences The appropriateness of treatment agents The burden and impact of GNB infections on health and economic outcomes What will you achieve? Demonstrate a basic understanding of the microbiology of Gram-Negative Bacteria Assess the occurrence of resistance - epidemiology and basic mechanisms of resistance locally and globally Identify and classify clinical infections associated with common Gram-Negative Bacteria Evaluate the burden and impact of Gram-Negative Bacterial infections on health and economic outcomes Compare the key objectives and principles of the treatment options available including the negative consequences Explore the basic microbiology requirements to diagnose GNB infections Evaluate the appropriateness of treatment agents - stewardship for GNB infections Summarise the current... [-]
United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
3 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Antimicrobial stewardship is a fast-growing field that aims to address this issue by managing our use of antibiotics to slow down or reduce the occurrence of antimicrobia ... [+]

Understand antimicrobial stewardship Antimicrobial stewardship is a fast-growing field that aims to address this issue by managing our use of antibiotics to slow down or reduce the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance. Designed for healthcare professionals, this six-week course will inform you about - and empower you to provide - safe, high-quality antibiotic use. You’ll interact with colleagues globally, to understand what antibiotic resistance means - and why the World Economic Forum has placed it alongside terrorism and climate change on its global risk register.

What topics will you cover? Antibiotic Resistance and its global impact The relationship between antibiotic resistance and prescribing What antimicrobial stewardship is and how it can be implemented in a hospital setting Why measurement is important in stewardship: how it can improve antibiotic prescribing How novel diagnostics can help in clinical decision making for antibiotic prescribing An understanding of the value of Behaviour Change Science to improve antibiotic prescribing Examples of successful antibiotic stewardship from across the globe What will you achieve? Understand and assess the value of Behaviour Change Science to antimicrobial stewardship implementation in the learner's own location Assess the threat of antibiotic resistance in the learner's location and to their practice Evaluate the effectiveness of using certain strategies/tools/interventions in antimicrobial stewardship to drive improvement in learner's location and practice Understand the value of measurement in antimicrobial stewardship: how to calculate DDDs and use Point Prevalence Surveys, have begun to determine how to use these in their location and practice to drive improvements in... [-]
United Kingdom UK Online
February 2019
Part-time
6 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

The world’s growing population faces major health issues, and medicines are a primary pillar to effect better health. Learn about the science of key medicines used to man ... [+]

The world’s growing population faces major health issues, and medicines are a primary pillar to effect better health. Learn about the science of key medicines used to manage heart disease, depression, diabetes, pain control and smoking cessation.

See each health condition through the eyes of the patient

Week by week you will study a new medicine and health area, starting by looking through the eyes of an affected patient. You will learn the mechanics of a disease and how it affects the world’s population. You will then delve into the science of the medicine to explore the medicine’s chemistry, how it works in the body and why it is formulated in a certain way to become the medicine you see on the pharmacy shelf.... [-]

United Kingdom UK Online
November 2019
Part-time
6 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

Personalised medicine. Precision medicine. Individualised medicine. Customised medicine. Targeted medicine. All buzzwords of recent years that excite, confuse and infuria ... [+]

Personalised medicine. Precision medicine. Individualised medicine. Customised medicine. Targeted medicine. All buzzwords of recent years that excite, confuse and infuriate the public, researchers and healthcare professionals. Broadly speaking, these terms all refer to the idea of tailoring treatment to individual patients based on their genetic code.

What does it all mean, and why should you care?

This free online course will discuss both the hype and hope surrounding the genetic revolution and personalized medicine. The impact of personalized medicine on clinical practice will likely yield significant benefits for patients, yet it raises a number of serious ethical and legal issues for health professionals, patients, and the community.... [-]

United Kingdom UK Online
Open Enrollment
Part-time
5 weeks
Online
FutureLearn

This course will introduce you to the topic of cancer chemotherapy, and how the development of effective medications for the treatment of cancer remains a significant cha ... [+]

This course will introduce you to the topic of cancer chemotherapy, and how the development of effective medications for the treatment of cancer remains a significant challenge to scientists.

You will research the use and development of cancer medicines, focusing on chemotherapy. In addition, through an exploration of how science is communicated to the general public, you will also look at the skills you need to become an effective science writer.

What topics will you cover? The history of cancer medicines with a focus on cancer chemotherapy. The sources of information to use when researching cancer medicines. Important developments that led to the discovery of modern chemotherapeutics. How developments in cancer medicines are reported in the news. Modern perspectives of cancer chemotherapy. An overview of new approaches to cancer treatment. Telling the story: research and write a blog post about future directions in cancer medicines. What will you achieve? Reflect on what cancer chemotherapy is and how it was developed. Identify resources which can be used to find out more about the developments in cancer medicines. Compare examples of science writing, and identify angles and target audiences. Investigate current developments in cancer medicines and discuss potential future approaches to treatment. Produce a short blog post about future directions in cancer medicine treatments. Who is the course for? ... [-]
United Kingdom UK Online
January 2020
Part-time
2 weeks
Online