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Open Educational Resources

Health Resources

his is a selection of openly licensed textbooks that has been created for free use in courses. These resources may be adopted for use as classroom text, modified to create new texts, or used as a supplemental learning tool to aid in understanding key concepts. 

Check out more resources listed in other relevant subject areas, such as Biology and Chemistry.

Anatomy and Physiology

Disease Prevention

Patient Care

Science Education Booklets

Free publications from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) for high school and college students on topics including cell biology, genetics, and pharmacology.

Pre-Health Courses & Courseware


  • CSurgeries - CSurgeries as an online library of peer-reviewed surgical procedure videos, created by surgeons for surgeons, trainees, and students. 
  • Hemoglobin Molecular Structure - An online visualization of hemoglobin molecular structure.
  • PhET Interactive Simulations
    These simulations were created as part of an open initiative at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They are licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license.  

Government Resources
Below is a collection of useful resources produced by government centers and institutes. Many of these resources are available in the public domain. 

Additional Resources: 

  • Field Trials of Health Interventions: A Toolbox
    A resource that provides an overview of disease control intervention trial design and conduct that can act as a toolbox for field investigators seeking to roll out new initiatives. 
    A site for medical professionals to learn many of the fundamentals of clinical medicine via free videos and downloadable resources created by medical professors. 
  • Skills Commons
    A free and open library of workforce training materials - including resources for healthcare manufacturing and health/social assistance.
  • Teaching Commons: Open Educational Resources
    A repository of OER created by educators - including medicine and health science textbooks, courses and course materials. 
  • The Vestibular System Quiz Game
    A quiz game examining the structure, function, and pathophysiology of the vestibular system. 

Open Access Resources:

  • Hypertension (HTN) Bingo
    An interactive game that quizzes students on different characteristics of hypertension.
  • MedPix
    An online, open-access database of more than 59,000 medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics. 
  • The National Academies Press
    The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics together have created the National Academies Press, which to date has more than 8500 open-access health, science, and medicine books.
  • Online Medical Terminology Course
    Des Moines University's Department of Medicine and Health Sciences has made available an online course in medical terminology.

Medical School Resources

  • - Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 
    The Association of American Medical Colleges has created an online collection of resources and sources of inspiration to help students start on their path to medical school.