Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) provides a model for integrating health care services into communities, and targets health-related concerns with active community participation.
This course teaches about COPC principles and the process of involving local communities in primary care initiatives (through online didactics), and includes activities that guide learners through implementing such initiatives with locally and globally-available peers and mentors. The course is geared towards primary care providers in training and practice, and we assume that all students have a basic understanding of primary care prior to enrolling in this course. All components of this training (like all NextGenU trainings) are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion
In order to receive a certificate of completion, you will need to identify a local community of your choice (such as where you live or work) and establish a relationship with one of its community mentors. This relationship should be maintained throughout the entire course. With this mentor, you will create a proposal for a community-based intervention; when you have completed this COPC introductory course, you may choose to enrol in a free NextGenU follow-up program with your mentor so that together you may enact the project proposal. The community mentor should be someone who works in health services and knows your community of choice, but s/he does not necessarily have to have prior experience with COPC. A COPC guide and this course will be provided to the mentor. In the Sidebar on the right-hand side, you will find a link to a helpful resource for the community mentor called the 'Community Mentor Guide'.
There are 6 modules to complete through online study and peer activities. These modules provide: (1) a basic introduction to COPC principles and practice, (2) a set of strategies to define and characterize the community, (3) a rationale for prioritization and for assessing the community in detail, (4) a plan for a COPC intervention and evaluation, (5) an exploration of the skills involved with community organizing, and (6) an understanding of COPC in the contemporary, globalized world.
There are practice quizzes in each module, and at the end of the course you will have a final exam and be asked to provide your assessment of this training. We will provide you with all the results of your assessments, such as your passage at 60% of the required final exam and at 100% of the required peer and mentored activities. We can report your testing information and share your work with anyone (your school, employer, etc.) at your request. We hope that you will find this a rewarding learning experience, and we count on your assessment and feedback to help us improve this training for future students.
Select the “Next” button to begin Module 1: Introduction to COPC Principles and Practice
This course is co-sponsored by: the American Association of Public Health Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS), and the University of Gezira. The course uses competencies adapted from the University of Nebraska and the George Washington University COPC MPH concentrations. The course uses resources from accredited, world-class organizations such as the American Journal of Public Health, the DC Area Health Education Center, the University of Kansas Community Tool Box, and the World Health Organization. The course was inspired from the vision of David Egilman, MD, MPH and the course developers are: Tess Bird, MSc; and Nicolas Druar. Our Advisory Group is: Pyser Edelsack, MSW; David Egilman, MD, MPH; Jack Geiger, MD, MSciHyg; Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH; Ravinder Mehta, MD; and Jane Frances Namatovu, BDS, MMED, FAMMED/COMM PRACT.
Approximate time required for the required readings for the course is 19 hours at an average rate of 144 words/minute; in addition, there are required activities.