Medication courses deal with the health and well-being of an individual. They might be interdisciplinary courses i.e. employing approaches from other courses to deal with the subject matter. Medication courses are usually designed for healthcare professionals, students in health sciences or for the general public as the case may be.
Healthy Ageing in 6 Steps is a Social Sciences online course offered by the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands, in conjunction with University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing. The introductory course is taught in English for about 2-3 hours per week, for 6 weeks. Prerequisite is secondary or high school attendance. Since many health issues arise from lifestyle which is largely dictated by the environment, this course focuses on using a radically different approach to bag a lifestyle that keeps one healthy. Through videos and practical assignments, the student learns the ageing process and the influence of environment on it, as well as how to redesign daily environment, and advise policy makers on health impact of day to day public environments.
Type 2 Diabetes Management is an advanced online course offered by the Stanford University of Medicine in U.S.A. Taught in English for 1 week, the continuing medical education (CME) course targets physicians and allied health professionals in internal medicine, oncology, family practice, neurology and primary care. The course employs case-based learning activities to evaluate patients for comorbidities and treatment adherence; recognize most recent treatment options for type 2 diabetes and learn culturally sensitive communication tactics when discussing importance and safety with patients.
Prescription Drug Misuse and Addiction is an advanced online course offered by the Stanford University of Medicine in U.S.A, with instructions given in English for 1 week. The course employs a practical approach via animated didactic videos, interactive slides and video scenarios to discuss management of prescription drug misuse and addiction, use of clinical interviews and CURES (California’s prescription drug monitoring program) to identify a problem and intervene using a treatment algorithm.
EMT Foundations is course 1 of 6 in the Become An EMT Specialization program offered by the University of Colorado in U.S.A. The beginner course is taught in English for 5 weeks, and provides an introduction into the emergency medical services system and the components that make it work. The student is also taught basic medical terminology and communication with a healthcare provider; vital signs and taking history; mastery of personal and scene safety, as well as the process of patient assessment.
Medical Emergencies: Airway, Breathing and Circulation is course 2 of 6 in the Become An EMT specialization program offered by the University of Colorado in U.S.A. The beginner course is taught in English for 5 weeks. The syllabus covers the pharmacological basics and skills associated with medication administration; airway and breathing including the physiology, assessment and available interventions for management, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological and endocrine emergencies, all involving identification, assessment and formulation of plan to stabilize the patient for transport.
Trauma Emergencies and Care is course 4 of 6 in the Become An EMT Specialization program offered by the University of Colorado in U.S.A. The online beginner course is taught in English for 4 weeks. Topics covered include introduction and kinetics of trauma, bleeding and shock, soft tissue injury and burns, trauma by system, mass casualty incidents (MCI) and approaches employed. Skills: Dentures, Foams, Toe and Decontamination.
Medicating for Mental Health: Judicious Use of Psychiatric Drugs is an online course offered by the Colgate University in U.S.A. The intermediate level Medicine course is taught in English for 4 weeks. Prerequisite is secondary/high school attendance, or an introductory college psychology course. The course focuses on effective use of psychiatric medication to improve psychological disorders. The student is also taught effective skills and knowledge required in the judicious use of psychiatric medication and groomed to develop realistic expectations for a drug to improve symptoms.
Congenital Hyperthyroidism is an online course offered by the Stanford University of Medicine in U.S.A. The CME course has its instructions given in English for 1 week and intended for paediatricians, family practice physicians, and primary care physicians. It employs a care-based approach to provide practical training on management of congenital hyperthyroidism. Using short educational videos and role-play videos, the students are taught initial diagnostic testing and interpretation; prescription and adjustment of treatment through childhood and adolescence; parent education and counselling, as well as their responsibility in medication adherence and monitor developmental challenges associated with congenital hyperthyroidism.
Summary Statistics in Public Health is course 1 of 4 in Biostatistics in Public Health Specialization program offered by the John Hopkins University in U.S.A. The beginner course is taught in English for 4 weeks, with 3-4 hours weekly. Using a biostatistics approach, the student is taught to interpret data visualizations, analyze binary data, time to event data, calculate data measures, role of statistics in public health research, visual displays and the Kaplan-Meir curve. Skills: Statistics, Binary data, Summary measures, and Normal distribution.
Hypothesis Testing in Public Health is course 2 of 4 in Biostatistics in Public Health Specialization program offered by the John Hopkins University in U.S.A. Taught in English for 4 weeks with about 3-4 hours each week, the beginner course employs a biostatistical approach to evaluate sample variability and apply statistical hypothesis testing methods. The student also learns performance of calculations and interpretation of real world data from published scientific literature. Topics covered include analysis of sample statistics, central limit theorem, estimation of confidence intervals and estimation of p-values for hypothesis testing. Skills to be gained are Sampling, P-values, Confidence intervals and Statistical hypothesis testing.
What is Palliative Care is course 1 of 5 in the Palliative Care: It’s Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization program offered by the University of Colorado in U.S.A. Taught in English for 5 weeks via videos (with transcripts in English and Arabic), readings and quizzes. The course aids the student to assess every dimension of health: physical, spiritual, psychological, social and economic. Topics covered include Suffering; SNAP: set of skills used in effective conversations about values and beliefs; Communication and its importance in palliative care; Exploration of values and beliefs around health, illness and dying and dealing with those who do not share the same.
Pain Management: Easing Pain in Palliative Care is course 2 of 5 in the Palliative Care: It’s Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization program offered by the University of Colorado in U.S.A. The beginner course is taught in English for 5 weeks. The syllabus covers Pain; Non-pharmacological pain treatment; Medication management (including OTC and non-opioid medication); Opioids: safety and addiction; and Easing pain: assessment. A palliative care setting is used to describe and access pain, explain benefits of integrative therapies, and pharmacological strategies to manage pain.
Health Informatics: The Cutting Edge is a Computer Science course offered by Georgia Institute of Technology in U.S.A. The introductory course taught for 5 weeks in English is part of a series of courses to earn a professional certificate, Health Informatics on FHIR. Syllabus covers the following lessons: mHealth, health data analytics, public and population health. The student will become familiar with the major healthcare data standards and web-based tools for accessing them; HL7 interoperability standards which precede that of the FHIR; the SMART on FHIR EHR connected app platform; and web-based tools for learning and utilizing FHIR, and SMART on FHIR.
Managing Addiction is an introductory Medicine course offered by the University of Adelaide in Australia. Instructions are given in English for 2-3 hours per week for 5 weeks, and a background in healthcare would be helpful but not compulsory. In a bid to understand addiction and everyone’s role in recovery, the course explores the Recovery Pathway which is done via screening and assessment to withdrawal and long-term relapse prevention. Also covered are psycho-social interventions, medication-assisted treatments, identification of people at risk and applied understanding of intervention and treatment options based on recovery stage.
Case Studies in Personalized Medicine is an online course offered by the Vanderbilt University in U.S.A. Taught in English for 6 weeks, the course is targeted primarily at physicians 5+ years out of training, however other interested persons can take the course too. Syllabus covers introduction to personalized medicine; genetic variation and its contribution to human disease susceptibility, as well as choosing drug therapies based on that; case studies in personalized medicine; personalized medicine in a system of care; and a peer-review activity.
AIDS: Fear and Hope is an online course offered by the University of Michigan in U.S.A, taught in English with available video transcripts in English and Arabic. Focus is placed on HIV and how it causes AIDS; factors that come into play e.g. economic, social and political; progress made so far, both research and treatments; testing; living with HIV Health and what the future holds.
Clinical Terminology for International and U.S. Students is an online course offered by the University of Pittsburgh in U.S.A. The beginner course is taught in English with video transcripts in English and Arabic. The class is designed for U.S. healthcare profession students, and also international students and practitioners who want to become familiar with the language of the U.S clinical setting. Care-givers and medical interpreters would also find the course useful. The course provides visual and auditory learning experiences and tests comprehension skills learnt to show understanding of clinical abbreviations and complex terms in clinical situations. Skills to be gained are English language, Clinical experience, Vital signs and Medical device.
Introduction to Self-Determination Theory is a Psychology course offered by the University of Rochester in U.S.A. Taught in English for about 14 hours in total spread over 5 weeks, the beginner course offers an introduction and overview of self-determination theory; mini-theories within it; importance of basic psychological need fulfillment; application of self-determination theory with emphasis on sport, work, educational, healthcare and psychotherapy settings.
PrEParing: PrEP for Providers and Patients is an online course offered by the John Hopkins University in U.S.A. Instructions are given in English for 6 weeks and targeted at physicians, registered nurses, health education specialists, social workers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, public health workers, pharmacists and case managers. The course covers PrEP: guidelines and evidence supporting it; distinguishing PrEP from PEP; priority populations for PrEP and issues affecting their access to, and navigation of the healthcare system; protocols for ongoing PrEP services and when to discontinue; and taking of thorough sexual history in a non-judgemental way.
Simple Regression Analysis in Public Health is course 3 of 4 in Biostatistics in Public Health Specialization program offered by the John Hopkins University in U.S.A. Taught in English for 4 weeks, the beginner course has a recommended maths prerequisite. The focus is on use of simple regression methods to determine the relationship between an outcome and a single predictor via a linear equation. Other topics include recognizing confounding in statistical analysis, performance of estimate adjustments, cox regression, adjustments and effect modification. Skills to be gained are P-value, Confounding, Regression, and Proportional hazards model.
Multiple Regression Analysis in Public Health is course 4 of 4 in Biostatistics in Public Health Specialization program offered by the John Hopkins University in U.S.A. The beginner course is taught in English for 3-4 hours over 4 weeks. Focus is placed on use of multiple regression methods to determine relationship between an outcome and multiple predictors. Others include use of spline approach for non-linear relationships with continuous predictors and performance of calculations with multiple predictor variables. Skills to be gained are Regression analysis, Effect modification, Spline approach and Proportional hazards model.
Opioid Epidemic: From Evidence to Impact is an online course offered by the John Hopkins University in U.S.A. Instructions are given in English for 8 hours spread over 4 weeks. The students are taught relevance of pharmacy benefit managers to the opioid epidemic; identification of data sources for information about the opioid epidemic in the US; general trend in opioid overdose deaths; ways prescription drug monitoring programs are used to reduce supply of prescription opioids; and role of prescribing guidelines, safe storage, treatment, reducing stigma and product design in opioid epidemic.
APP/PA Opioid Use Disorder Medication Assisted Treatment Waiver Training is an online course offered by the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Nursing and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. The beginner course is taught in English and its 16 modules cover substance use disorders: screening, assessment and treatment initiation; principles of motivational interviewing, laboratory testing, regulatory issues and medication assisted treatment (MAT); medical considerations for patients with opioid use disorders; and challenges in substance use disorders for older people, and in pregnancy.
Psycho-social and Spiritual Aspects of Palliative Care is course 4 of 5 in the Palliative Care: It’s Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization program offered by the University of Colorado in U.S.A. The beginner course is taught in English for 5 weeks. The students will learn effect of illnesses on emotional and spiritual well-being; resources and skills useful in providing support; when sadness becomes more, as well as how caregivers grieve; coping with anxiety; ways of easing spiritual distress, as well as difference between spirituality and religion; ways of broaching the topic of spirituality with people and advocating for advance care planning.
Palliative Care Capstone Projects is course 5 of 5 in the Palliative Care: It’s Not Just Hospice Anymore Specialization program offered by the University of Colorado in U.S.A. This beginner course puts everything learnt in this program into practice. 5 assignments will be given on the use of nature of suffering evaluation form, use of SNAP, use of wilda tool, use of ESAS and a conversation on advanced care planning. All the assignments involve relating with someone else and are meant to prepare the student to help others live well with serious and life-limiting diseases.
All the courses described above are free to audit, however a small fee is required to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.