Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Understanding Common Diseases

University of Wollongong via Open2Study

This course may be unavailable.


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 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
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



Taught by

Dr Kylie Mansfield and Associate Professor Lyndal Parker-Newlyn


4.6 rating, based on 9 Class Central reviews

Start your review of Understanding Common Diseases

  • Jason Galloway
    This is a great class. I took it only to get the information about diabetes, but I ended up enjoying the whole series. The instructors are likeable and the format of information delivery was good. I would have liked even more depth in the explanations, but it was still a very good overview of how these diseases work within human physiology.
  • Peter M Abraham
    The instructors provided a very good foundation for understanding common diseases that can greatly impact everyday life. The classes included cases studies. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in healthcare as well as those interested in understanding common diseases.
  • Kristina Bogovic
    Nice course, but could use a little slower presentation of the material. Sometimes the graphs are hard to read from and should be left longer on the screen.
  • Beverley Inis Watson
    Great text option for checking , informative and interesting educators. It is good to learn how to prevent or control these diseases. Soemetimes it is helpful playing a video more than once.
  • Gentiana
  • Anton
  • Profile image for Omar Faruq Ekannobortti
    Omar Faruq Ekannobortti

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Someone learning on their laptop while sitting on the floor.