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    This Community-Oriented Primary Care introductory course (COPC) provides a model for integrating primary care services into communities, and targets health-related concerns with active community participation. All parts of this training are free, including registration, learning, testing, and a certificate of completion. This course is intended for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals in training and in practice.

    This Community-Oriented Primary Care 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. 

    For a publication on this course’s efficacy, see “Building Public Health Capacity through Online Global Learning,” (2018), Open Praxis, https://openpraxis.org/index.php/OpenPraxis/article/view/746/427; to see more research related to NextGenU.org’s educational model, check out NextGenU.org’s publication page.

    There are two components to this course. The first component involves completing the modules and which provide: 

    1. A basic introduction to Community Oriented Primary Care principles and practice; 
    2. Strategies to define and characterize the community; 
    3. A rationale for prioritization and for assessing the community in detail; 
    4. Skills to develop a plan for a COPC intervention and evaluation, and community organizing;
    5. An understanding of COPC in the contemporary, globalized world.


    In order to receive a certificate of completion, you will need to also complete the second, skills-based component of the course, which requires you to identify a mentor who works in the field of health services, but she/he does not necessarily have to have prior experience with COPC, who will serve as your main liaison to this community. 

    The results of your assessments will be provided to you, and we can report your testing information and share your work with anyone you request (school, employer, etc.). The evaluation you provide at the course’s conclusion will help us improve the training for future students. We hope you find this Lifestyle Medicine course a wonderful learning experience!

    Approximate time for the required readings in this course is 19 hours at an average rate of 144 words/minute; in addition, there are required activities as described above. The course requires completion of peer and mentored activities. At the end of each lesson, there is a practice quiz. At the end of the course, after you’ve completed each lesson, quiz, and activity, you’ll have access to a final exam, and a chance to assess the training. Once you’ve passed that last test, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from NextGenU.org and our course’s co-sponsoring organizations (listed above). We keep all of your personal information confidential, never sell any of your information, and only use anonymized data for research purposes, and we are also happy to 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 feedback to help us improve this training for future students.

    Engaging with this Course:

    You may browse this course for free to learn for your personal enrichment; there are no requirements.

    To obtain a certificate
    • Show in the registration fields that you have the appropriate prerequisites to be certified. For this course you should have a degree that allows you to practice in primary care.
    • Complete all the reading requirements.
    • Complete all quizzes and pass with a 70% with unlimited attempts..
    • Complete 4 peer activity and associated certification quizzes.
    • Find a mentor and complete the 3 required mentor activities.
    • Successfully complete the final exam with a minimum of 70%  and a maximum of 3 attempts.
    • Complete the self and course evaluation forms.


    To obtain credit 
    • Complete all requirements listed above for the certificate. 
    • Your learning institution or workplace should approve the partner-university-sponsored NextGenU.org course for educational credit, as they would for their learner taking a course anywhere.  
      • NextGenU.org is happy to provide your institution with:
        • a link to and description of the course training, so they can see all its components, including the cosponsoring universities and other professional organization cosponsors; 
        • your grade on the final exam;
        • your work products (e.g. peer and mentored activities), and any other required or optional shared materials that you produce and authorize to share with them;  
        • your evaluations -- course, self, peer, and mentor assessments;
        • a copy of your certificate of completion, with the co-sponsoring universities and other organizations listed.
    To obtain a degree co-sponsored with NextGenU.org, registrants must be enrolled in a degree program as a student of a NextGenU.org institutional partner. If you think that your institution might be interested in offering a degree with NextGenU.org contact us.

    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.

    Next Steps

    • Complete the registration form.
    • Begin the course with Module 1: Introduction to COPC Principles and Practice. In each lesson, read the description, complete all required readings and any required activity, and take the corresponding quizzes.

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

    Click here for the brief module introduction
  • 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.

    Click here to start this lesson
    13 URLs, 1 Assignment, 2 Forums
  • 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

    Click here for the brief module introduction
  • 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.

    Click here to start this lesson

    13 URLs, 1 Assignment, 2 Forums, 1 Quiz
  • 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

    Click here for the brief module introduction

  • 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.

    Click here to start this lesson
    9 URLs, 1 Assignment, 1 Quiz, 1 Forum
  • Competency covered in this module:

    • Demonstrate the ability to plan and develop all the stages of a systematic COPC intervention considering evidence based interventions

    Click here for the brief module introduction

  • 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, 2 Forums, 1 Quiz
  • Competency covered in this module:
    • Apply appropriate methods to promote community participation in the development of COPC.

    Click here for the brief module introduction

  • 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
  • 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

    Click here for the brief module introduction

  • 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 Quiz, 1 Assignment, 1 Forum
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