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Open Education: Health

A "getting started" guide overviewing open, editable, and lower-cost textbooks and open teaching & learning resources for faculty, students, and librarians.


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Health and Medicine

On this page you will find several openly licensed Health and Medical textbooks along with supplemental material, interactive simulations, and other resources.

Discipline-specific pages are not intended to be exhaustive, but to showcase content that may be of interest to faculty considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. 

For more information about Creative Commons including license descriptions, please see the Creative Commons tab.

Featured Resource

Medline Plus videos and cool tools home page screen shotMedline Plus Videos & Cool Tools - general health education, consumer health, and patient education resources. "Learn by watching health videos on topics such as human anatomy, surgical procedures, and health news. Test your knowledge with interactive tutorials and games. Check your health by using the calculators and quizzes." To re-use these materials, see the Copyright Information. Includes Interactive tutorials, Anatomy videos, Surgery videos, and more.

Open Textbooks

Anatomy and Physiology by OpenStax College

  • Anatomy and Physiology, OpenStax College, CC BY 3.0

Additional Sources of Open Textbooks

NLM Bookshelf home page screenshotNLM / NCBI Bookshelf (National Library of Medicine / National Center for Biotechnology Information) "provides free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare." To use these materials, see the Copyright information.

Course materials: Lecture Videos, Interactive Simulations etc.

MIT open courseware logoHarvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology open courses include a variety of topics such as: Health Information Systems to Improve Quality of Care in Resource-Poor Settings, Biomedical Signal and Image Processing, Genomics and Computational Biology, and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Data Acquisition and Analysis. These courses include many types of course materials such as: video/audio lectures, lecture notes, assessments, online textbooks, interactive simulationsTo re-use these materials, see the Creative Commons CC BY NC SA 4.0 license and Terms of Use.


Photoshare, "Thousands of International Health and Development Images, Free for nonprofit and educational use." - supported by Johns Hopkins University. Terms of Use


NIH Image Bank, "The NIH Image Bank contains images from the collections of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Contents include general biomedical and science-related images, clinicians, computers, patient care-related images, microscopyimages, and various exterior images." Copyright and Re-use


HEAL - Health Education Assets Library - "The Health Education Assets Library (HEAL) is a collection of over 22,000 freely available digital materials for health sciences education. The collection is now housed at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Digital Library." Copyright: Unrestricted use for educational purposes - check individual image 'rights' information for extent of re-use allowed for that image.


Public Health Image Library - Images from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Terms of use information is on their FAQ page and states, "Images are either 'Public Domain' (free use) or 'Copyright Protected' (restricted, obtain permission before use)" - most are public domain, but check individual image information regarding public domain or copyright status.


Medline Plus - MedlinePlus is an online health information resource for patients and their families and friends. Health topics pages often include images, graphics, and/or videos. See this page on when and how you may use Images or other content provided by Medline Plus