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Causes of Human Disease: Transmitting and Fighting Infection

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

Discover how infection spreads.

Most of us have experienced common diseases like flu or less common ones like pneumonia. On this course, you’ll learn how pathogens cause infectious diseases and how these diseases are transmitted. You’ll examine the bacterial resistance to antibiotics, how this leads to serious infections like MRSA and reflect on approaches to address this problem. You’ll learn how the body’s immune system fights off disease and how resistance is gained. You’ll apply this knowledge to explore why immunisation has been crucial in reducing the occurrence of disease or even eradicating deadly diseases.

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science behind causes of human disease. No previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in nursing, healthcare or social care, or just wish to learn more, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

Taught by

Michael Routledge

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 12 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Causes of Disease has been a very good series produced by the University of Leeds. Transmitting and Fighting Infection is a very relevant topic as it applies to the current pandemic and to other diseases around the world. The varied course content was...
  • Indu Saxena
    This course gives a basic insight into the type of pathogens that cause infectious diseases, and the body's mechanisms that fight infection. Viruses, bacteria, protozoa and worms have been mentioned with examples. The immune system of the body, broadly...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I was led to understand the course was about the differences between bacteria, virus and parasite. I think more attention should have been given to these. I particularly wanted to know why some cancers form from bacteria and some from virus. Instead...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is very informative about disease processes and the response in the human body. I found the assignments on antibiotics and immunisation and the global issues surrounding control and eradication of polio very interesting. The course gives a clear understanding of the immune response to pathogens. I found it was good revision for me with some of the course involving infection control methods so will be useful when I return to working in a clinical environment in two months. It is also a useful course for someone wanting to take their studies further.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course covers a wide spectrum of subject areas under the umbrella of infection and immunity, such as antibiotic resistance and eradication of infection disease. I thoroughly enjoyed this course, but found it quite a commitment - even with a background in biological sciences, albeit not microbiology - so my best advice is make sure you are able and willing to give it a bit more than 4 hours per week in order to get the maximum benefit.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was fantastic. I don't have a scientific background, but wanted to learn more about B and T cells, infection and immunity, all because of Covid-19. On top of that I very much enjoyed the three assignments and what I learnt from them. Potentially because of the lack of medical knowledge, I feel that I have a learnt a lot! Many thanks.
  • Joyce Mackey

    Joyce Mackey completed this course.

    An excellent and very informative course, I am now the possessor of an upgraded certificate. Would recommend this and other similar courses, giving great personal interest, whether continuing on to further study or not. Easy to follow, with the extended download information has made this unit very enjoyable.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is an amazing course, and as part of my interest in physiology I find the immune system a fascinating thing to study and look into. If you are interested in biology/physiology or the immune system, how the body deals with infections or pathogens then this course is worth doing! :)
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was a great introduction to the topic of bacteria, parasites, viruses and the immune system. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in the topic of immunology and diseases, and wants to expand their knowledge on this topic!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    this course is enjoyful and easy to understanding the immune system working to fight infection, because it presented with simply beautiful animation graphic.
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting and helped build knowledge on the immune system in my A-Level Biology course. Helped give an insight of what this kind of course entails.
  • Anonymous
    That was useful I enjoyed and learned a lot, if you interesting to know more about causes of disease and microbiology, this course will help you.

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