This course has been updated to better reflect the current themes surrounding substance use disorders in a primary care setting.
If you are already enrolled in this version of the course, you are allowed to complete it and obtain a certificate or register for the new course version using this link.
For all new students, register for the updated version following the next steps:
- Register for the Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care course.
- Begin the course with Module 1.
This course has been developed for implementation and use by for use by the majority of primary care workers around the world and in low-resource settings, and provides an introduction to the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders through online didactics, and provides the student a chance to practice techniques, with locally and globally available peers and mentors, that may reduce the prevalence and the health effects of substance use disorders. All components of this training (like all NextGenU.org training) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.
The course consists of 6 modules to be completed through online study and peer activities. These modules provide:
- a basic introduction to mental health and substance use services
- an overview of stigma and how it can be addressed
- an introduction to best practices for the management of substance use disorders in primary care
- an introduction to the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) Package
- a few key tips for monitoring and follow-up care for those suffering from substance use disorders, with a special emphasis on common co-morbidities
- strategies to communicate with people seeking care and their families and caregivers
Evaluation consists of a practice quiz in each module, completion of two peer activities, and a final exam. In order to take the final exam, you will need to complete two peer activities. A certificate will be issued if the final exam is passed with a
minimum score of 70 percent. You will also have an opportunity to provide feedback on the course to help us make the learning experience even better. We will give you all the results of your assessments, such as your final exam and peer activities.
We can report your testing information and share your work with anyone (your school, employer, etc.) that you request. We hope this is a wonderful learning experience for you, and the assessment that you provide at the course’s conclusion will
help us improve the training for future students.
This course is cosponsored by: the Africa Mental Health Foundation, the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addiction Medicine,
and the University of Florida and sponsored in part by the Annenberg Physician Training Program. This course uses competencies adapted from the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP),
and resources from accredited, world-class organizations such as the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse,
the World Health Organization, and the World Medical Association. Course co-developers are: Veronic Clair, MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC; Sukhdeep Jassar, MPH; and Abednego
Musau, MBChB. Our Advisory Group is: Erica Frank, MD, MPH; Stuart Gitlow, MD, MPH, MBA; Victoria Mutiso, PhD; David Ndetei, MD, PhD; Scott Teitelbaum, MD; and Randall F. White, MD, FRCPC. We also gratefully acknowledge major review and contributions
from: Bernice Apondi; Chelsea Hitchen, BA; Sandra W. Kimani, MBChB; Mwiti K. Makathimo, Project Management, MBChB; Aggrey G. Mokaya; Johnston M. Muthoka, BSc, MBChB; and Jackson N. Njoroge, MBChB.
For publications on this course’s efficacy, see “Online Learning Improves Substance Use Care in Kenya: Randomized Control Trial Results and Implications,” (2016), Annals of Global Health, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214999616306129?via%3Dihub;
see also “Peer and Mentored Enhanced Web-Based Training on Substance Use Disorders: A Promising Approach in Low-Resource Settings to Teach Knowledge and Skills and Decrease Stigma,” (2019), Psychiatric Services, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31551043.
In addition, see “Building Public Health Capacity through Online Global Learning,” (2018), to see more research related to NextGenU.org’s educational model, check out NextGenU.org’s publication page.Approximate time required for the required readings for the course is 26 hours
at an average reading rate of 144 words/minute; in addition, there are required activities.
*This course is sponsored in part by the Annenberg Physician Training Program: Abstinence-based Recovery from Addictive Disease.