NextGenU.org is essentially the world's first free university (we're for credit, for free, unlike any other organization). Starting with a focus in the health sciences, our accredited courses are being used by over 6,500 registered users in 191 (of 193) UN Member States/Countries, and we expect to achieve our ultimate outcome this Spring: the first globally free degree, a Master's in Public Health (now approved in Texas by UIW.edu, and awaiting final US-based accreditation in June 2019).
Courses span from college-level pre-health sciences and community health worker trainings, through public health graduate training, and a MedSchoolInABox (codeveloped with Stanford, U of Toronto, and U Central Florida) that includes Graduate Medical Education. This educational system is not a set of Massive Open Online Courses -- courses are competency-based, and include online knowledge transfer, a web-based global peer community of practice, skills-based mentorships, and a free certificate. Our accredited partners, North American universities that are outstanding in each particular course topic, give learners credit for this training (or institutions can adopt them and use them with their students), all for the first time ever cost-free, and also advertisement-free, barrier-free, and carbon-free.
Founded in 2001, we globally launched our first full course in March 2012, with a dozen free, tested and accredited health sciences courses currently offered at NextGenU.org. We will enroll our first residents (in Texas) in July 2019; we are developing these Preventive Medicine residencies with the American College of Preventive Medicine, CDC, European Lifestyle Medicine Organization, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard, Stanford Medicine, WHO, and others to create the first globally-available Graduate Medical Education.
We have tested and published on this free model in North American medical, public health, and undergraduate students, and in community health workers and primary care physicians in Kenya and in India, with as much knowledge gain and greater student satisfaction than with traditional courses, and the creation of a global community of practice. And finally, NextGenU.org has a sustainable business model. We have a $16 million endowment (from the Annenberg Physician Training Program) that covers many core expenses, and receive additional grants and contracts to create, test, and disseminate trainings from governments (e.g., $1.4 million from Grand Challenges Canada, US CDC), quasi-governmental organizations (e.g., NATO Science for Peace, WHO), universities, foundations, professional societies, and individuals.
We are interested in working with you and your colleagues to co-create, co-offer, and/or co-evaluate trainings -- let us know what questions we can answer, and please contact our Founder, Dr. Erica Frank, MD, MPH, FACPM, at EFrank@NextGenU.org about collaborating.