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Understanding Common Diseases

University of Wollongong

Understanding Common Diseases

University of Wollongong
Explore four common diseases and body systems: how they work, how they are treated and prevented.

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. 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?

  • High Blood Pressure (10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment)
  • Reflux (10 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment)
  • Diabetes (10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment)
  • The Common Cold (10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment)

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.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Doctor
  • Medical Scientist
  • Nurse
  • Medical Administrator
  • Health Promotion
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Social Marketing for Health