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Open Educational Resources: Health Sciences

A guide to textbooks, course materials and multimedia which are free or or low cost for educational use. These resources were created with the intention of being widely used and are legal to use in courses with proper citation.

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Open Health Sciences Textbooks

Anatomy and Physiology  -OpenStax

Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the yearlong Human Anatomy and Physiology course taught at most two- and four-year colleges and universities to students majoring in nursing and applied health. A&P is 29 chapters of pedagogically effective learning content, organized by body system, and written at an audience-appropriate level. The lucid text, strategically constructed art, inspiring career features, and links to external learning tools address the critical teaching and learning challenges in the course.  -OpenStax


J. Gordon Betts, Tyler Junior College, Life Sciences and Agriculture

Eddie Johnson, Central Oregon Community College, Biology

Jody E. Johnson, Arapahoe Community College, Biology

Dr. James A. Wise, Hampton University, Biology

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported  License.


Human Physiology -Wikibook

This text was featured on Wikibooks because it contains substantial content and is well-formatted.   It features sections on all traditional topics of human physiology and contains well-produced graphics.  All but a few sections contain their own glossary of terms and review questions. 

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License


Communicable Diseases -AMREF

This manual covers the full range of communicable diseases in the African Region.  HIV/AIDS has a chapter dedicated to it and the authors have included discussions of emerging infections.  The goal of this text is to provide students in medical training colleges, nurses, clinical officers, and teachers with all necessary information needed to learn about communicable diseases in Africa. 

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 


Contemporary Health Issues -Foorhill College

This online text examines all aspects of contemporary health.  It aims to equip students with the ability to appraise and assess public attitudes and behavior regarding health and disease.   Addressing Public Health, immunizations, drug abuse, behavior patters, and cultural health behaviors, this text covers a wide range of healt topics. 


Judy Baker, Ph.D., Dean of Foothill Global Access at Foorhill College

This text is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.


Nutrition -Kansas State

This Nutrition text was developed for a 3-hour, intermediate-level, nutrition course at Kansas State University.  The book is divided into 13 chapters that contain well-produced graphics.  The enire book can easily be opened in Google Docs where it can easily be edited and then exported as in the filetype of your choice. 


Brian Lindshield Ph.D., Nurtitional Sciences, University of Kansas

This text is in the public domain; however, attribution is appreciated.