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With learners in every country and through 314 universities, we offer health sciences courses (with free certificates), including clinical courses. for physicians and other health providers, materials for a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. curriculum with our partners at Nurses International , and Graduate Medical Education. We have also created the world’s first free full curriculum for a Master’s Degree in Public Health, and an independent learning community at Public Health U to facilitate public health learners from a variety of settings worldwide.

NextGenU.org partners with and is sponsored by the Annenberg Physician Training Program: Abstinence-Based Recovery from Addictive Disease to create courses, curricula, and programs to train physicians and their teams to prevent and treat substance use disorders. Our funders and partners also include CDC, Harvard, NATO, Stanford, and WHO.

This free model has been successfully tested in North American medical and public health arenas with students, and in community health workers and primary care physicians in Kenya and in India — showing identical knowledge gain and greater student satisfaction compared with traditional courses, positive effects on complex health worker behaviors (like counseling) and attitudes (like stigma), and the creation of a global community of learning and practice. Courses are competency-based, ranging from undergraduate and community health worker training through graduate medical education, and include a local or global peer community, along with skills-oriented mentorships. Please contact us here or browse our available courses.


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Peer-Reviewed Research on NextGenU.org

1. Galway L, Corbett K, Takaro T, Tairyan K, Frank E. (2014). A novel integration of online and flipped classroom instructional models in public health higher education. BMC Medical Education.  https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6920-14-181

2. Coops N, Marcus J, Costrut I, Frank E, Kellett R, Mazzi E, Munro A, Nesbit S, Riseman A, Schultz A, Sipos Y. 2015. How an entry-level, interdisciplinary sustainability course revealed the benefits and challenges of a university-wide initiative for sustainability education. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280731205_How_an_entry-level_interdisciplinary_sustainability_course_revealed_the_benefits_and_challenges_of_a_university-wide_initiative_for_sustainability_education

3. Clair V, Mutiso V, Musau A, Frank E, Ndetei D. 2016. Online learning improves substance use care in Kenya: Randomized control trial results and implications. Annals of Global Health. May 2016.  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/306351641_Online_learning_improves_substance_use_care_in_Kenya_Randomized_control_trial_results_and_implications

4. Frank E, Tairyan K, Everton M, Chu J, Goolsby C, Hayes A, Hulton A. (2016). A Test of the First Course (Emergency Medicine) that is Globally Available for Credit and for Free. Healthcare.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213076416300264?via%3Dihub

5. Nadkarni A, Weobong B, Weiss HA, et al. (2017). Counselling for Alcohol Problems (CAP), a lay counsellor-delivered brief psychological treatment for harmful drinking in men, in primary care in India: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet (London, England).   https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)31590-2/fulltext

6. Patel V, Weobong B, Weiss HA, et al. (2017). The Healthy Activity Program (HAP), a lay counsellor-delivered brief psychological treatment for severe depression, in primary care in India: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet (London, England).   https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)31589-6/fulltext

7. Rossa-Roccor, V, Malatskey, L, Frank, E. (2017). NextGenU.org’s Free, Globally Available Online Training in Lifestyle Medicine. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827616682444   

8. Heller R, Madhok R, Frank E. (2018). Building Public Health Capacity through Online Global Learning. Open Praxis. https://openpraxis.org/index.php/OpenPraxis/article/view/746/427  

9. Clair V, Rossa-Roccor V, Mokaya AG, Mutiso V, Musau A, Tele A, Ndetei D, Frank E. (2019). Peer and Mentored Enhanced Web-Based Training on Substance Use Disorders: A Promising Approach in Low-Resource Settings to Teach Knowledge and Skills and Decrease Stigma. Psychiatric Services. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31551043

10. Tsuei S, Frank E. (2019). Becoming a Health Advocate: An Interview with Erica Frank. https://ubcmj.med.ubc.ca/becoming-a-health-advocate-an-interview-with-erica-frank/

11. World Health Organization. (2020). Call to Action: Addressing the 18 million health worker shortfall. Submission 2 (pgs 5-7). https://www.who.int/hrh/news/2019/Call-to-Action-Campaign-FirstRoundSubmissions.pdf