This course provides a comprehensive introduction to substance use disorders and public health. It addresses the risk factors associated with developing substance use disorders (SUDs), the burden of SUDs, the role that public health plays in lessening the burden of substance use disorders, the impact of prevention strategies, interventions, and control programs, and ethical practices in SUD care to ensure effective positive health outcomes. By the end of this course, students will be able to use appropriate screening tools to assess substance use disorders and identify prevention and treatment protocols to reduce the impact of substance use disorders within a population.
Like all NextGenU.org courses, it is competency-based; competencies were developed in collaboration with subject matter experts and take into consideration Tap 21 Addiction Counseling Competencies from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which benchmark how curricula, educational programs, and professional standards are measured in the U.S. SUD treatment field, the Principles of General Care (GPC) for people with Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders (MNS) conditions developed by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), and the WHO and United Nations (UN) International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders.
The course uses learning resources from accredited, world-class organizations such as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization.
The course was designed by Hugo Rojas, MD, MSc; Juan Jose Pemintel, MD; Leohrandra Graham, MSc; Margaret Niles, PhD, MEd, DipID; Valeria Reynolds, MD; Pablo Baldiviezo, MD. It was later reviewed by Magali Collonnaz MD, MPH, MSc; Anthony Schlaff MD, MPH; Reisha Narine, BSc, MSc, and Rhonda Prudent, BSc.
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There are five Substance Use Disorder (SUD) modules to complete, which include:
The completion time for this course is estimated at 123 hours, comprising 19 hours of learning resources, 37 hours of time to study content and assimilation, and 67 hours of participating in learning activities and quizzes to assist the learners in the synthesis of learning materials. This course is equivalent to 3 credit hours.
Upon completing the training (5 modules), participants will need to complete a final exam”. The final exam will be designed so that participants can have three opportunities to answer correctly until the required score of 70% or higher is obtained.
At the end of each module, there is a practice quiz of multiple-choice questions. At the end of the course, after you’ve completed each module, quiz, and learning activity, you’ll have access to a final exam of forty multiple-choice questions and a chance to evaluate this course. Once you’ve passed that last test, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from NextGenU.org. We keep all of your personal information confidential, never sell any of your information, and only use anonymized data for research purposes. We are happy to report your testing information and share your work with anyone (your school, employer, etc.) at your request.
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This free course is primarily intended for public health students, public health professionals, or people working with patients suffering from substance use disorders (non-clinicians) who would like to learn more about the risk and protective factors of substance use disorders, prevention and intervention strategies, and the different treatment modalities. However, the course can be taken by both clinicians and non-clinicians as they are resources listed as suitable for BOTH audiences and other titles or resources specifically listed for clinicians or non-clinicians ONLY.
To obtain a certificate, a learner must successfully complete:
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