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    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.

    This course is co-sponsored by: the  American Association of Public Health Physicians, the  American College of Preventive MedicineGlobal 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.

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    Competency covered in this module:
    • Describe, analyze, and integrate the conceptual framework, methodology, and principles of COPC

    Click here for the brief module introduction

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    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

    • Understand the history and practice of COPC
    • Discuss the meaning and scope of the Five Principles of COPC
    • Analyze the methodology of the Six Steps of COPC
    • Understand the definition and meaning of community and the value of community participation within the COPC process


    Approximate time required for the readings for this lesson (at 144 words/minute): 3 hours.

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    13 URLs, 1 Assignment, 2 Peer Activities, 1 Quiz, 1 Forum
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    Competencies covered in this module:
    • Define a community for the purpose of clinical care at the community level
    • Plan an assessment of health needs in a community, using available data for the collection and analysis of health information

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    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

    • Learn how to define and characterize communities using various techniques and resources
    • Understand the use of epidemiology in the assessment of health conditions
    • Learn how to identify problems as well as how to locate assets and resources within a community
    • Consider why and how initiatives should address the social, environmental and other determinants of health


    Approximate time required for the readings for this lesson (at 144 words/minute): 5 hours.

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    13 URLs, 1 Assignment, 1 Workshop, 1 Quiz, 1 Forum
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    Competencies covered in this module:
    • Justify the need for the prioritization process in COPC, and define objective criteria to be used for the selection and determination of methods to discuss process and decision
    • Gather best-practices models for community-based interventions and the necessary quantitative and qualitative information for implementation in the focus community

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    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

    • Understand the prioritization process of health conditions in the development of COPC
    • Provide a detailed assessment of the selected health condition
    • Consider the COPC process in action (as in the Jerusalem example)
    • Gather information to design a promising intervention utilizing community input


    Approximate time required for the readings for this lesson (at 144 words/minute): 5 hours.

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    9 URLs, 2 Assignments, 1 Quiz, 1 Forum
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    Competency covered in this module:
    • Demonstrate the ability to plan and develop all the stages of a systematic COPC intervention considering evidence based interventions

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    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

    • Understand COPC intervention design and setup
    • Consider your role as a health care provider within the community
    • Identify key community members
    • Use available resources to develop a plan that follows the six steps of the COPC process
    • Consider methods for evaluating your initiative and the importance of reassessment


    Approximate time required for the readings for this lesson (at 144 words/minute): 3 hours.

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    10 URLs, 1 Workshop, 1 Quiz, 1 Forum
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    Competency covered in this module:
    • Apply appropriate methods to promote community participation in the development of COPC.

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    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

    • Understand the basics of community organizing
    • Consider the values and motivations for organizing
    • Understand the methods of community organizing


    Approximate time required for the readings for this lesson (at 144 words/minute): 2 hours.

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    6 URLs, 1 Quiz, 1 Forum
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    Competencies covered in this module:
    • Evaluate and analyze the challenges on COPC programs
    • Assess the conceptual and practical factors to take into account the applicability of COPC
    • Recognize the socio-economic, cultural, environmental, political and health policy elements that could challenge the application of COPC and develop alternative community-oriented application solutions
    • Communicate the principles and features of the practice of COPC to lay populations, to health professionals, and to other related audiences

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    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

    • Consider contemporary COPC in a globalized world
    • Understand the importance of integrating community-oriented interventions into larger health systems
    • Recognize the social, economic, cultural, environmental, political, and health policy elements that may influence COPC practice
    • Develop an understanding of case-studies and reviews of community-oriented health services

    Approximate time required for the readings for this lesson (at 144 words/minute): 2 hours.

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    14 URLs, 1 Assignment, 1 Quiz, 1 Workshop
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