Understanding Common Diseases

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

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.

Course Instructors

Dr. Kylie Mansfield

Kylie is a physiologist with 20 years research experience examining how disease affects the normal body function. Since 2006 she has been working at the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong where she is currently Academic Leader: Phase 1. She has a passion for student learning and for supporting students on their journey to becoming doctors. In 2013 she was awarded an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Associate Professor Lyndal Parker-Newlyn

Lyndal is a rural GP who has practised in the community for 20 years. She has a passion for educating students and empowering patients and believes that collaboration between doctors and their patients leads to better health outcomes. Since 2006 she has been working at the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong where she is currently Associate Professor in Medical Education. In this role she has developed the case based learning curriculum for the UOW Medical programme and also selects new students into the programme.

Course Description

What's it about?

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.

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's involved?

Module 1High Blood Pressure
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Reflux
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Diabetes
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4The Common Cold
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

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

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.

 

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Where could this lead me?

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