A Resource for Healthcare and Social Services Professionals
Harvard Medical School is offering free, accredited online courses in Opioid Use Disorder Education. Each of the following self-paced courses is composed of 8 units (8 contact hours) and may be taken in any order. Select the links below to learn more.
Understanding Addiction focuses on the fundamentals regarding the nature of addiction including the epidemiology of opioid use disorder, the chronic nature of OUD, the differences between dependence and use disorder, and the neurobiology behind addiction. It also looks at the changing perceptions and current stigmas surrounding opioid use disorder.
Identification, Counseling, and Treatment of OUD focuses on best practices and treatment of OUD with different medications in addition to psychosocial approaches. It also addresses co-occurring psychiatric disorder as well as preventing and treating overdose.
Collaborative Care Approaches for the Management of OUD focuses on strategies that include provider roles and regulatory requirements, patient evaluation and education, and transitioning between medications. It also addresses potential misuse, relapse, and safer use, as well as caring for pregnant women and other special populations with OUD.
(This project was funded in part with federal funds from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN271201500070C.)