Drug Use and Harm Reduction

About the Course

This Drug Use and Harm Reduction Course proposes to unpack the harm reduction approach, its connection to public health and human rights, and how it works at addressing drug use. It is a massive open online course (MOOCC) self-paced course proposed by Medicine du Monde and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on another e-learning platform (Futurelearn). 


This course is designed for anyone interested in harm reduction but it will be particularly beneficial if you are already working in this field of drug use or with ‘key populations’.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the core values, principles and evidence-base of the harm reduction approach
  • Identify the core risk factors in relation to drug use from a social, physical and policy perspective
  • Discuss the meaning of agency, empowerment and the role of the community of people who use drugs taking up a leading role in drug policy health provision, prevention and policy reforms
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role and policy foundations of advocacy for scaling up Harm Reduction globally 
  • Reflect on elevating risk factors associated with drug use
  • Interpret the human rights perspective within the public health debate of drug use

List of Contents

  • Week 1: Harm reduction and Public Health 
  • Week 2: Human rights and community involvement in harm reduction 
  • Week 3: Advocacy and scaling up of harm reduction

See specifics on FutureLearn – no Tembo badge will be awarded for this course.


This course is available for free on FutureLearn. 

NB: you will have 3 weeks after enrolment to complete the course for free.