83 Health and Medical – General

Also see Health and Medical (General) and Health Sciences OER in development and the Sask Polytechnic OER research guide for Nursing.
Last update: Feb 20/24

Case Studies

This is a British Columbia created resource.Health Case Studies (CC BY-SA) by various.

Health Case Studies is composed of eight separate health case studies that align with the open textbooks Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care and Anatomy and Physiology: OpenStax. Each case study includes the patient narrative or story that models the best practice (at the time of publishing) in healthcare settings.


IntechOpen: Health Sciences (CC BY) by various.

Open Education Materials for Massage Therapists (varies) by various.

This collection includes videos, books, articles – both popular press and research based, and exercises.


Cancer Registration & Surveillance Modules (Public domain) by National Cancer Institute

The Cancer Registration & Surveillance modules provide information needed by cancer registry staff and others interested in collecting and recording the most complete and accurate cancer data possible. The modules cover information on: registries and their operations, basic anatomy and medical terminology, cancer tests and treatments, coding and staging standards for cancer registration, and casefinding and follow-up.

JHSPH Open Courseware (CC BY-NC-SA) by various.

A collection of open public health courses and materials.


Edinburgh DataShare: College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine (Various CC licences) by various.

A digital repository of research data produced at the University of Edinburgh by the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine.


Bio-Image Search (Various CC licences) by various.

This data, from Stanford University School of Medicine, enables discovery of biomedical images, aggregated from many image sources, with Public Domain and Creative Commons licences. Results are displayed in four groups, from broadest reuse rights to most limited reuse rights.

Genetics Home Reference (Public domain) by various from MedLine Plus.

A gallery of illustrations related to genetic conditions.

JHSPH Open Images (CC BY-NC-SA) by various.

A collection of open images organized by subjects relating to public health.

Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine (Various CC licences) by various.

Open-i service of the National Library of Medicine enables search and retrieval of abstracts and images (including charts, graphs, clinical images, etc.) from the open source literature, and biomedical image collections.


Emerging Infectious Diseases (Public domain) National Library of Health

All volumes from the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases published from 1995 to the present.

Environmental Health Perspectives (Public domain) National Library of Health

All volumes from the journal Environmental Health Perspectives published from 1972 to the present.

Preventing Chronic Disease (Public domain) National Library of Health

All volumes from the journal Preventing Chronic Disease published from 2004 to the present.

Supplementary Materials

LGBT+ Healthcare 101 (CC BY) created by Calum Hunter, Matthew Twomey, Derrick NG, Navina Senthilkumar and Eleanor Dow

Digital story interviews with LGBT+ volunteers, ‘LGBT+ Healthcare 101’ presentation, and a secondary school resource, created by and for University of Edinburgh medicine students. The resources were created as part of a project to address a lack of awareness and knowledge of LGBT+ health, and of the sensitivities needed to treat LGBT patients as valuable skills for qualifying doctors.

This is a Canadian created resourceSurgery 101 (CC BY-NC-SA) by various.

A collection of videos and podcasts relating to different topics in surgery.

WISC-Online Medical Terminology (CC BY-NC) by various.

A collection of learning objects and activities relating to medical terminology.


2SLGBTQ+ Healthcare (CC-BY-SA) by Selinda Berg; Scott Cowan; and Ashlyne O’Neil

The content presented here was created by and in collaboration with members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The faculty lead and all collaborators have shared their experiences as members of this diverse community, building a starting point for medical students to consider how they can build an inclusive practice.

Basic Principles of Mechanical Ventilation (CC-BY-NC-SA) Author(s):Melody Bishop BSc, RRT, CCAA / Sault College

Health care professionals often lack sufficient training on ventilators, yet they encounter them frequently in their daily practice. This primer on mechanical ventilation aims to demystify the study of mechanical ventilation, in order to make the topic more accessible to non-specialist health care professionals. The book provides a thorough overview of the theory of ventilation, ventilation modes, how to use ventilator settings to achieve goals, selecting settings for Ideal Body Weight, safe tidal volume ranges, and arterial blood gases. Learners can use the interactive self-checks to assess their progress. By the end of this book, the reader will understand how ventilation works from initial patient assessment to weaning–thereby equipping them to work with ventilators effectively under the supervision of, or in the absence of, a respiratory therapist or other supervising clinician.

Breathe Easy: RT Student Resource for Mechanical Ventilation by Yvonne Drasovean, RRT, M.Ed., FCSRT (CC-BY-NC-SA)

A primer on mechanical ventilation intended for respiratory therapy students. Offering a blend of theoretical principles and practical illustrations, this book provides an engaging platform for students to develop the essential skills necessary for the effective application of mechanical ventilation in clinical practice.

This is a Canadian created resourceBuilding a Medical Terminology Foundation (CC BY) by Kimberlee Carter and Marie Rutherford

Targeted at health office administration and health services students in the first year of their college programs, this textbook focuses on breaking down medical terms into their word parts, pronouncing medical terms, and learning the meaning of medical terms within the context of introductory anatomy and physiology.

Career Cornerstones: Establishing a Foundation for a Career in Healthcare (CC BY-NC-SA) by Katherine Greene and Andrea Nelson

This textbook focuses on career skills required for students entering their respective health profession’s program. This book is designed to help students be successful not only in their health profession’s educational program, but also as they start to intern or work in healthcare settings. This resource is targeted for Healthcare Administration, Health Sciences, and Pre-Professional students.

Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry for Pre-Clinical Students (CC BY-NC-SA) by Renée J. LeClair

An undergraduate medical-level resource for foundational knowledge across the disciplines of genetics, cell biology and biochemistry. This text is designed for a course in first year undergraduate medical course that is delivered typically before students start to explore systems physiology and pathophysiology.

Color Awareness: IU DPT’s Handbook for Clinical Signs in All Skin Tones by ajbaylis (public domain)

Color awareness acknowledges that skin color is relevant to health and should not be ignored. By applying color awareness to health assessment, healthcare professionals can more appropriately manage patients of all skin colors and help reduce disparities in healthcare delivery. The purpose of this project is to develop a resource for physical therapists with clinical signs, test results, and outcomes of interventions shown in all skin tones.

A clinical educator’s guide to understanding and facilitating the clinical reasoning process (CC BY-NC) by Talberg, Heather and Camroodien-Surve, Fatemah

Developing Clinical Reasoning is an important part of the training of Undergraduate Health and Rehabilitation students. However, a lack of consensus amongst Educators on how to facilitate this, often hampers student progress. This booklet was designed to give Clinical Educators a brief overview on strategies to assist students in developing Clinical Reasoning. Based on the ‘Making thinking Visible’ approach, it guides Clinical Educators in how to make their own reasoning processes more explicit to students, so that they can learn from their more expert thinking practices.

Collaborating with Students: The Key to Creating a Successful Virtual Gaming Simulation (CC BY-NC)

This open education resource (OER) discusses how to collaborate with students when co-creating virtual gaming simulations (also known as virtual simulations). The various steps are described and how to get your students involved throughout the process. The OER highlights resources available at Centennial College, and how to search for similar resources at your institution. Various examples are shared by the team about their experiences developing virtual gaming simulations.

Concepts of Fitness and Wellness (CC BY-NC-SA) by Scott Flynn, Lisa Jellum, Jonathan Howard, Althea Moser, David Mathis, Christin Collins, Sharryse Henderson, and Connie Watjen

The textbook covers a broad area of fitness and wellness, and it includes physiological, behavioral, psychological, and biomechanical domains. The content covered is suitable for students being introduced to the field, such as those taking an introductory Kinesiology course.

Enabling and Optimising Recovery from COVID-19 (CC BY-NC) by Danielle Hitch; Genevieve Pepin; Kelli Nicola-Richmond; and Valerie Watchorn (Deakin University)

This textbook provides readers with up to date knowledge about the assessment, management and support of people experiencing Long COVID. Learning activities draw upon personas co-authored with people with Long COVID.

Exercise and Physical Activity in Indigenous Health (CC-BY-NC-SA) by Rosalin Miles (Lytton First Nation), Mitchell Huguenin (Métis)

This resource aims to tell the story of physical activity, exercise, and health in Indigenous communities, and helps to address the Canadian national call to action for Truth and Reconciliation by providing an open access educational resource that may serve as one step in decolonizing physical activity in the post-secondary student community.

Exploring the U.S. Healthcare System (CC BY-NC-SA) by Karen Valaitis

This book introduces undergraduate students in the field of healthcare to foundational characteristics of the U.S. healthcare system. It begins with an overview of the healthcare system that includes a brief history and a description of the current state of health in the U.S.

This is a Canadian created resourceFinding Evidence-based Information for Health Sciences Students (CC-BY-SA) by Anabella Arcaya, Graham Lavender, Christine St. Denis and College Libraries Ontario

This series of information literacy modules will help post-secondary students in the health sciences (especially Nursing) find and use reliable information for class assignments. It covers the essential steps from developing a topic to searching databases to evaluating resources to writing an academic paper and citing sources in APA style. Created collaboratively by library staff at 13 colleges (and one college-like institution) in Ontario, Canada, these modules should be relevant to students in college and university health sciences programs around the world. They have been designed to be appropriate for first-year students with no background in research, while also including more advanced techniques that will benefit experienced searchers.

Foundations of Epidemiology (CC BY-NC) by Marit L. Bovbjerg

This resource provides an introductory epidemiology text intended for students and practitioners in public or allied health fields. It covers epidemiologic thinking, causality, incidence and prevalence, public health surveillance, epidemiologic study designs and why we care about which one is used, measures of association, random error and bias, confounding and effect modification, and screening. Concepts are illustrated with numerous examples drawn from contemporary and historical public health issues.

This is a Canadian created resourceHealth Professions Education Research Primer Edited by Teresa M. Chan (McMaster University) (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Introduction to Health ( CC BY) by kfalcone

The 2nd edition of the  Introduction to Health OER Textbook provides a broad overview of information pertaining to human health and opportunities for improving health and wellness throughout life. The intended goal of the book is to equip the learners with important information needed to better understand their own health and how their daily choices may impact both their quantity and quality of life. Includes a section with health-focused videos.

Leadership in Healthcare and Public Health (CC BY) by Julia Applegate; Colleen Baumer; Cindy Clouner; Kara Colvell; Paige Erdeljac; Erin Fawley; Emily Feyes; Angela Finnegan; Nicholas Fowler; Seth Frey; Haley Griffin; John Guido; Elizabeth Hustead; Elena Mircoff; Trevor Moffitt; Rana Roberts; Hilary Metelko Rosebrook; Lindsay Schwartz; Fadi Smiley; Chris Westrick; and Lena Schreiber

This book is a reflection of a diverse group of graduate students from health services, health management, health professions and a diverse group of mid-career professionals engaged in obtaining a Master of Public Health at The Ohio State University College of Public Health.

Medical LibreTexts Library (CC BY-NC-SA) by various.

A collection of open textbooks, assignments, and other educational resources relating to topics in medicine.

Medical Terminology (CC BY) with Student Companion  by Stacey Grimm; Coleen Allee; Elaine Strachota; Laurie Zielinski; Traci Gotz; Micheal Randolph; and Heidi Belitz

Medical Terminology is an OER that focuses on breaking down medical terms into their word parts, pronouncing medical terms, and learning the meaning of medical terms. This resource is targeted for health services students in the first year of their college programs.

Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professions (CC BY) by Andrea Nelson and Katherine Greene

This textbook focuses on breaking down, pronouncing, and learning the meaning of medical terms within the context of anatomy and physiology. This resource is targeted for Healthcare Administration, Health Sciences, and Pre-Professional students.

Noncommunicable Disease by Nick Banatvala and Pascal Bovet (CC-BY-NC-ND)

This resource introduces readers to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – what they are, their burden, their determinants and how they can be prevented and controlled.Focusing on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease and their five shared main risk factors (tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and air pollution) as defined by the United Nations, this book provides a synopsis of one of the world’s biggest challenges of the 21st century. NCDs prematurely claim the lives of millions of people across the world every year, with untold suffering to hundreds of millions more, trapping many people in poverty and curtailing economic growth and sustainable development. (from book synopsis)

Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare (CC-BY-NC) by Heather Exner-Pirot; Bente Norbye; and Lorna Butler

The provision of northern health care entails many unique challenges and circumstances that are rarely represented in mainstream health sciences education. This open access, online resource consists of 38 short chapters from a variety of experts, academics, and practitioners in northern and Indigenous health and health care from around the Circumpolar North.

“Overweight” Bodies, Real and Imagined (CC BY-NC-SA) by Sarah Gilleman

This compilation has several purposes. It is meant to gather OER sources on health literacy related to body weight, nutrition, and movement, and it is meant to problematize the cultural meaning of these readings. Roughly, this anthology is divided into two parts—informational and theoretical–but the two parts inform each other as parts of a larger conceptual discussion of how medical research and journalism influence and are influenced by social stereotypes, constructed ideas about bodies, food, and individual choices within social systems.

Pediatric Dermatology (CC-BY-NC-SA) by Dr. Wingfield E. Rehmus, MD, MPH; Dr. Jamie Phillips; Dr. Lisa Flegel; Dr. Saud Alobaida; and Hannah Podoaba

This is a manual meant to accompany rotation or a course in pediatric dermatology. It covers the basics of treating common skin conditions in children, adolescents, and adults.You will find:Skin conditions selected and placed specific to chapters, with colour-coded pages for quick accessSyndromes presented in easy-to-read text, with accompanying pictures to allow an in-depth read of the material, or just a quick glance

Therapeutic Communication for Health Care Administrators (CC-BY-NC-SA) AND

Therapeutic Communication for Health Care Administrators Game Simulations (CC-BY-NC-SA) by Kimberlee Carter; Marie Rutherford; and Connie Stevens

These resources are intended for learners preparing for positions in front-line health care settings. Recognizing the diverse titles for these types of roles, we intend that the title Health Care Administrator is an umbrella term that includes all types of front-line Health Care Administrators.

Vital Sign Measurement across the Lifespan (CC-BY) by Jennifer L. Lapum; Margaret Verkuyl; Wendy Garcia; Oona St-Amant; and Andy Tan

The purpose of this textbook is to help learners develop best practices in vital sign measurement. Using a multi-media and interactive approach, it will provide opportunities to read about, observe, practice, and test vital sign measurement.


WISC-Online Health Science (CC BY-NC) by various.

A collection of videos relating to health science.

Media Attributions

This chapter is adapted from Health and Medical - General in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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