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Healthy Ageing: concepts, interventions and preparing for the future

Course Type
Healthy Ageing MOOC video

The world’s population of older people is growing. The number of adults aged over 60 is expected to reach 2.1 billion by 2050. However, while lifespan is increasing, the number of years one can expect to spend in good health is not keeping pace. It is therefore ‘time for action’.

The University of Birmingham’s Healthy Ageing MOOC course will help anyone who wants to make a difference to older peoples’ lives understand the consequences of ageing and how to intervene in order to maintain good health.

Open to anyone from family members, carers, nurses, practitioners, researchers, policy makers to older adults, our free online course will help you understand how lifestyle behaviours can promote health and physical independence in ageing populations and what is being done to prepare us all for a healthier, more independent future.

Over 3 weeks, you will learn the meaning of ‘Healthy Ageing’. The course will present current knowledge of physical activity and nutrition research in diverse groups of older adults across different settings. The sessions will examine ageing and frailty demographics through a global lens, age-related health inequalities and government policies. You will also be introduced to different research methods, tools, and technologies to help older adults live healthier lives.

Delivered by internationally recognised experts in the field within our School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences and designed in collaboration with older adults, our course will positively impact your knowledge, behaviours and practices.

What is a MOOC?

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course - these are free, open, online courses designed to offer a taste of Higher Education to learners from across the UK and the world. The University of Birmingham is delivering new MOOCs in partnership with FutureLearn, the UK’s first MOOCs provider established by the Open University.

Delivered by world-class academics from the University of Birmingham, the courses enable learners worldwide to sample high-quality academic content via an interactive web-based platform from a leading global University, increasing access to higher education for a whole new cohort of learners.

The courses have been developed by senior academic staff and their content is quality-assured in line with our other programmes. The courses do not offer credits towards admission to the University of Birmingham.


Greig-CarolynCarolyn Greig is a translational scientist with research interests in the influence of use, disuse, age and disease on human skeletal muscle mass and function. She is particularly research active in the design and conduct of nutritional and physical activity interventions to maintain muscle mass and function in older healthy men and women and in frail patient groups. She also has an interest in human sedentariness and the development of interventions to reduce sitting time in older adults.


Professor Janice L. Thompson

Janice Thompson is a leading expert in the field of public health nutrition and exercise, and their role in preventing and treating risks for obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes across the lifespan.


How To Apply

This free online course runs at various times throughout the year and runs for 3 weeks. You can register at any point during the course run via the FutureLearn website.