Online learning

UMC provides a series of e-learning courses in pharmacovigilance as well as distance courses through Uppsala University. In March 2021, the UMC courses moved to a new learning platform.

Learn where and when it suits you

Uppsala Monitoring Centre provides pharmacovigilance and health professionals with a range of distance learning options to further their education in medicines safety. These include e-learning courses on different aspects of drug safety, distance courses in collaboration with Uppsala University, and an extensive video library on YouTube.

The self-paced e-learning courses are open free of charge to those working at pharmacovigilance centres. For other groups, the courses will be made available for a fee from 1 September 2021. The introduction of fees is necessary to facilitate the sustainability and development of our online learning platform. It will also ensure that UMC offers a broad collection of e-learning courses to anyone in the world with an interest in pharmacovigilance.

Enrolment to all e-learning courses is paused until 1 September 2021 to allow for smooth implementation of the payment system. Learners already enrolled in a course can complete their courses without paying any fee. A new course catalogue will be made available from 1 September 2021 to indicate course content and fees.

Please note: Courses will continue to be free of charge to WHODrug subscribers and those working at pharmacovigilance centres. For prospective learners from this group, please contact us ( and inform us which centre you work for so that we can assist you.

E-learning courses

UMCs online courses cover basic pharmacovigilance, signal detection and causality assessment, and statistical reasoning.

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University distance courses

Uppsala University offers two distance learning courses in pharmacovigilance each semester, in collaboration with UMC.

Drug safety and pharmacovigilance

Preclinical safety assessment and pharmacovigilance


YouTube web lectures

On our YouTube channel we have uploaded around 200 lectures and seminars, grouped into playlists according to topic. Explore our playlists using the links below.

Visit UMC on YouTube   Practical Pharmacovigilance

General Pharmacovigilance   Pharmacoepidemiology

Risk Management (Regulation)   UMC Tools

Communication, Knowledge and Skill


Feedback from course graduates


‘A very good overview, directly PV related. It is hard to find other resources/courses as easily accessible as this one.’
‘It was a very good intro to signal detection laid out in very basic terms.’
‘The course helped me update my knowledge and get more materials for teaching others.’
‘I had worked with those issues even before the course. But to be frank, this added a lot.’
‘Wonderful course. The speakers were excellent and obviously very knowledgeable.’