NCD Academy

NCD Academy

About NCD Academy
Designed to equip the global primary care community with the skills necessary to mitigate today's leading causes of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).


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  • Expert commentary on the latest clinical guidance

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Developed by experts from around the world, NCD Academy's high quality continuing education is accessible on demand or on your mobile device anytime, anywhere, and free of charge.

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NCD Academy Courses

NCD Academy courses address the five leading NCDs, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, and mental health, as well as other factors like health equity and advocacy. Click on the titles below to access the course you need, in your preferred language!

NCD Academy

NCD Academy: A Call to Action

Consider this three-part mini course a needs statement for the NCD Academy program and primer for core clinical courses. Learn the driving forces behind the rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and familiarize yourself with the issue of multimorbidity. Then, review strategies to strengthen primary health care systems.

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Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke Prevention (3.25 CME)

Review strategies to prevent an acute event through risk stratification, as well as lifestyle and pharmaceutical measures to control dyslipidemia, blood pressure, and diabetes as a cardiovascular risk factor. Lessons feature instruction, patient cases, and games.

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Cancer Care: Insights for PCPs

Learn common warning signs for cancer, steps to conduct a physical exam and lab workup, and strategies to coordinate effectively with an oncologist before, during, and after a patient's journey through cancer treatment. Learn through adaptive patient case scenarios and a board game.

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Mental Health Care: Increasing Awareness, Erasing Stigmas

Prepare yourself to identify individuals struggling with their mental health and to intervene before symptoms become acute by employing screening techniques, prescribing appropriate treatment, and engaging mental health specialists for serious cases. Lessons cover six common categories of mental health disorders.

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Diabetes Care: Diabetes Management in Primary Care

Through detailed patient cases, understand and review in more detail the importance of diabetes management when it comes to patient care. The lessons in this course will cover how to diagnose and treat patients along the diabetes continuum.

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NCD Advocacy: Catalyzing Change Against Noncommunicable Diseases

This new course focuses on advocacy and the role it plays in raising awareness of the impact that NCDs have on an individual's quality of life and their surrounding community. Lessons in this course will explore the important role that advocacy has when it comes to engaging in discussions, taking action, and effecting change not just on a community level but global as well.

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Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health in NCDs

Starting with defining health equity and understanding social determinants of health, lessons in this course will focus on how these social issues play a role when it comes to caring for patients. Topics discussed will range from understanding what is structural discrimination, to hearing the patient's perspective, and how to address social determinants of health.

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Chronic Respiratory Diseases

Through interactive patient cases, learners will engage with content ranging from practical tools to prevention, diagnosis, and manage CRDs. This course will cover CRDs such as asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, bronchiectasis, and obstructive sleep apnea.

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Foundational Concepts in Care Integration

This course lays a strong groundwork for integrating care across both Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), which are crucial aspects of healthcare. By tackling intricate challenges within the healthcare sector, it prepares upcoming healthcare professionals with indispensable skills necessary for addressing and mitigating the impacts of NCDs on a global scale.

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HIV and Lifelong Care

This course highlights the importance of continuous care for HIV/AIDS patients, explores the interrelation between HIV/AIDS and NCDs, examines the impact of antiretroviral therapy (ART), and discusses the benefits and risks of integrating HIV and NCD health services.

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