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Health Sciences


Health Sciences is focused on the improvement of health through scientific research. This fascinating subject area offers an understanding of scientific disciplines like Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology that can be successfully applied to prevent, diagnose and treat both physical and mental illnesses.

How we teach Health sciences


Our long established, quality distance-learning methods use innovative technologies to provide a modern, blended learning experience. We’re designing our new Health Sciences modules with on-screen delivery in mind, taking advantage of year-on-year developments in new technologies to make students studies with us even more engaging and flexible - on computer, mobile and tablet devices.

Students will be immersed in interactive activities, using a mix of high quality text, graphics, audios and videos to support their learning.

Meet some of our Academics

Professor Nacho Romero is investigating the blood-brain barrier which is key to our understanding of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.

As a Neuroscientist, Dr Claire Rostron is researching links between the brain and behaviour and attention, which could contribute to better treatments for conditions such as Parkinson’s. Claire also talks about being an Academic Adviser for the BBC/OU series Countdown to Life:The Extraordinary Making of You.

Teaching underpinned by research

The Open University doesn’t just teach: it’s a global leader in research and innovation too, with OU research and development ranking in the top third of UK universities. The Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has a long and distinguished record of conducting high quality, internationally leading research. These researchers contribute to our state of the art curriculum material ensuring that our teaching is up to date and informed by scientific research.

You can get a flavour of our published research more broadly in the life, health and chemical sciences through our Open Research Online (ORO) website.

Explore some of our Health Science resources

Cell biology

Have a look at our free OpenLearn unit 'A tour of the cell' (12 hours study)

Human biology

Have a look at our free OpenLearn unit ‘Obesity: Balanced diets and treatment’ (15 hours of study) 

Mental health

Listen to some audio clips  and then learn about 'emotions and emotional disorders'  including depression in our free Open Learn units and ‘Understanding depression and anxiety’ which are adapted from The science of the mind.

Meet our Academics

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In addition to teaching on Open University modules our academics are engaged in ground breaking research that benefits individuals and society.

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