Course Summaries



Climate Change and Health

This Climate Change and Health Certificate teaches about the effects of climate change on human health (through online didactics), and gives a chance to practice techniques to reduce those effects (with globally-available peers and mentors). All components of this training (like all NextGenU.org trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

There are 4 modules to complete through online study and peer-to-peer activities. These modules provide a basic introduction to the science of climate change, an overview of how climate change is affecting public health, some strategies to predict and communicate climate change, and suggestions on how we can adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

There are practice quizzes in each module, and at the end of the course you’ll have a final exam, and a chance to give your assessment of this training. 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 that your assessments will teach us how we can make it even better.

This course was developed in partnership with several of the world’s most prominent climate change organizations: Physicians for Social Responsibility, 350.org, International Society of Doctors for the Environment, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, and Health Care Without Harm. Like all NextGenU courses, it is competency-based, with Climate Change and Health competencies adapted from the World Health Organization and the World Medical Association and uses resources from world-class academic and governmental organizations such as the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, United Nations, World Health Organization, and World Meteorological Organization. The course developer is Erica Frank, MD, MPH, with an Advisory Committee from our co-sponsoring organizations, and major contributions from Mr. Mike Benusic, Ms. Yasmin Kassam, Dr. Max Pensel, and Dr. Caroline Walker.


Emergency Medicine

This course is an introduction to Emergency Medicine (EM), intended to provide the knowledge needed for a month-long EM rotation for clinically-prepared medical students, residents, or practicing physicians.

To take this course for credit and a certificate, you must be in one of these categories (so that you have the needed prerequisites to understand the materials deeply), and complete a brief registration here. All components of this training (like all NextGenU.org trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

There are 6 modules to complete, providing a basic diagnostic and treatment approach to common emergency department presentations through online study and peer-to-peer activities, and local observation and supervised practice with a physician EM mentor that you or your institution identify. There is a practice quiz in each lesson, and at the end of the course you’ll have a final exam. Also, your mentor will be asked to assess you, and you and your mentor will be asked to assess the training. We will give you all the results of your assessments, and we can report this information to anyone (your school, employer, etc.) that you request. We hope this is a wonderful learning experience for you, and that your assessments will teach us how we can make it even better.

This course is co-sponsored by the Emory University Center for Injury Control (a WHO Collaborating Center), the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (the global federation of national EM organizations) and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (the global association of academic EM physicians). We used the competencies developed by Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine published in Academic Emergency Medicine, and resources from screened, world- class organizations such as American Academy of Family Physicians, American Heart Association, Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine, Merck Manual for Health Care Professionals, and World Health Organization. The course developer is Jennifer Chu, MD (University of Toronto), and our Advisory Committee is: Rahim Valani, MD (McMaster University); Steve Lin, MD (University of Toronto); SAEM Committee with key members: Debra Houry, MD, MPH (Emory University Center for Injury Control); Deborah Diercks, MD, MSc (University of California Davis); and Alan Jones, MD (Carolinas Medical Center); IFEM Committee with key members: Cherri Hobgood (Indiana University) and Jim Ducharme (McMaster University). We gratefully acknowledge others who provided guidance: Glen Bandiera, MD, MEd (University of Toronto); Laura Hans, MD (University of Toronto); Niranjan “Tex” Kissoon, MD (University of British Columbia).


Environmental Health

This introductory course in Environmental Health is intended for undergraduate- and graduate-level students of medicine, environmental sciences or public health, and provides foundational theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. All components of this training (like all NextGenU.org trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

There are 9 modules to complete, providing a basic introduction to the study of environmental health, exposure assessment, toxicology, and risk management, among other topics. You’ll learn through online study, peer-to-peer activities, and optional local activities and discussion with an environmental health mentor that you or your institution identify.

At the end of each module, there is a practice quiz, and at the end of the course you’ll have a final exam, and a chance to assess the training. We will give you all the results of your assessments. 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 that your assessments will teach us how we can make it even better.

This certificate is cosponsored by the International Society of Doctors for the Environment, Physicians for Social Responsibility and Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Health Sciences. This course uses the competencies recommended by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), and resources from accredited, world-class organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Harvard Medical School, U.S. National Institutes of Health, and World Health Organization. The course developer is Lindsay Galway (Simon Fraser University), and our Advisory Committee is Ryan Allen, PhD (Simon Fraser University), Sylvia Struck, PhD (National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health), and Tim Takaro, MD, MPH, MSc (Simon Fraser University). We also gratefully acknowledge Course Contributor Kristian Dubrawski, PhD candidate (University of British Columbia).


Substance Use Disorders for Primary Care Practitioners

This course teaches about the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders through online didactics, and provides the student a chance to practice techniques with locally and globally 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 trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

The course consists of 7 modules to be completed through online study and peer-to-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

This course is cosponsored by the Africa Mental Health Foundation, the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addiction Medicine, and the University of Florida. Like all NextGenU courses, it is competency-based, with Primary Healthcare Worker competencies adapted from the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP). The course uses resources from world-class academic and governmental 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.

The team of course developers is: Veronic Clair, MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC; Sukhdeep Jassar, MPH; and Abednego Musau, M.B.ch.B. The team is also supported by an Advisory Committee from our co-sponsoring organizations, and by major review and contributions from: Bernice Apondi; Erica Frank, MD, MPH; Chelsea Hitchen, BA; Sandra W. Kimani, M.B.Ch.B; Mwiti K. Makathimo, Project Management, M.B.Ch.B; Aggrey G. Mokaya; Johnston M. Muthoka, B.Sc (Anatomy), M.B. Ch.B; Victoria Mutiso, PhD; David Ndetei, MD, PhD; Jackson N. Njoroge, M.B.Ch.B; and Randall F. White, MD, FRCPC.


Substance Use Screening for Lay Healthcare Workers

This course teaches about 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 reduce the prevalence and the health effects of substance use disorders. All components of this training (like all NextGenU.org trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

There are 6 modules to complete through online study and peer-to-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 screening for substance use disorders in primary care; additional information on substance use disorders, screening and intervention; a brief overview of urgent situations; common co-morbidities with substance use disorders; and strategies to communicate with people seeking care and their families and caregivers.

This course is cosponsored by the Africa Mental Health Foundation, the Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addiction Medicine, and the University of Florida. Like all NextGenU courses, it is competency-based, with Primary Healthcare Worker competencies adapted from the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP). The course uses resources from world-class academic and governmental 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.

The team of course developers is: Veronic Clair, MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC; Sukhdeep Jassar, MPH; and Abednego Musau, M.B.ch.B. The team is also supported by an Advisory Committee from our co-sponsoring organizations, and by major review and contributions from: Bernice Apondi; Erica Frank, MD, MPH; Chelsea Hitchen, BA; Sandra W. Kimani, M.B.Ch.B; Mwiti K. Makathimo, Project Management, M.B.Ch.B; Aggrey G. Mokaya; Johnston M. Muthoka, B.Sc (Anatomy), M.B. Ch.B; Victoria Mutiso, PhD; David Ndetei, MD, PhD; Jackson N. Njoroge, M.B.Ch.B; and Randall F. White, MD, FRCPC.


War and Health

This introductory course in War and Health is intended for medical and public health trainees and practitioners, and provides foundational theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. All components of this training (like all NextGenU.org trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion.

There are 8 modules to complete, providing a basic introduction to the study of public health effects of conflict, weapons, structural violence, refugees, and interpersonal and self-directed violence, among other topics. You’ll learn through online study, peer-to-peer activities, and optional local activities and discussion with an environmental health mentor that you or your institution identify.

At the end of each module, there is a practice quiz, and at the end of the course you’ll have a final exam, and a chance to assess the training. We will give you all the results of your assessments. 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 that your assessments will teach us how we can make it even better.

This certificate is cosponsored by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, European Medical Peace Work Network, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the University of Gezira. This course uses competencies adapted from European Medical Peace Work Network, and resources from world-class academic and governmental organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Physicians for Social Responsibility, The United Nations, and World Health Organization. The course developers and reviewers are Erica Frank, MD, MPH, Thomas L. Hall, MD, DrPH, Yasmin Kassam, MPH candidate, Shai Linn, MD, DrPH, Dr.med. Klaus Melf, MPhil and Sarah Youngblutt, PhD candidate, with an advisory committee from our co-sponsoring organizations.