Cursos libresIn the Virutal Campus for Public Health (VCPH), self-learning courses are those in which the way to learn is mainly by yourself. Learning materials and resources are provided, the individual search for other sources of information is promoted and self-evaluation tools are included to assess knowledge. In some of these courses, self-enrollment is necessary to obtain an online certificate.

"Self-directed learning" involves the process of learning done by the individual search of infomation or by individually conducting and implementing practices or experiments. Some people prefer the terms "autodidacticism", ""autodidactism", self-learning" or "self-instructon". In the Virtual Campus for Public Health (VCPH), these concepts are used without distinction. 

According to Malcolm Knowles (1975), self-directed learning describes a process "in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies, and evaluating learning outcomes."

Many authors indicate that individual traits such as self-esteem, creativity, self-discipline, curiosity and the ability to face adversity are necessary to be succesful in self-directed learning. These adults assume the responsability for their own learning, including intrinsic factors such as responsability and proactivity.

Feel free to explore the following Self-Learning Courses:


Virtual Self-learning Course on Human Resources for Universal Health - 2019

Food Handlers Virtual Training

Psychological First Aid (PFA) in disaster management in the Caribbean - 2019

Oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) of HIV infection - eLearning tool for clinicians

Preventing Self-harm/suicide: Empowering Primary Health Care providers

Virtual Course on the Implementation of the HEARTS Technical Package in Primary Health Care

Alcohol Use, Women’s Health and Pregnancy: Comprehensive Approaches to Preventing Problems Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Health Care for Older Persons. International Accreditation of Competences - Basic Level

Virtual Course on Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control

Virtual course on properly completing death certificates

Nursing Leadership: Empowering Nurses in Latin America and the Caribbean

Reporting guidelines: simple and powerful tools to increase the impact and visibility of your research: a virtual course on enhancing the value of research with research reporting standards

Chikungunya Virtual Course

Alcohol Advocacy Policies

Gender and Health: Awareness, Analysis and Action

Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice (2016 Version)

Health Promotion

AUDIT-SBI Virtual Course

Alcohol and Other Substance Use Policy and Public Health: Substance Use Policy and Public Health

Alcohol and Other Substance Use Policy and Public Health: Alcohol Policy and Public Health

Laboratory training in the epidemiology of influenza

Intensified national SARI surveillance training

Human Rights and Health

An ethnic approach to health

Virtual Learning Program A/H1N1

FluComm: Addressing Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza in the Community

Influenza Sentinel Surveillance Training