History of CORE

Health professionals typically receive insufficient training to address issues such as abortion care, contraception, and sexuality in clinical practice. Reproductive health events occur across the lifespan, and health care professionals in all specialties will likely encounter patients presenting with reproductive health issues at some point in practice. Providers must be prepared to sensitively and effectively address these issues with patients.

The lack of reproductive health training often begins with gaps in the curricula taught to future health professionals (i.e., medical students, residents, nurse practitioner students, etc.). One barrier to incorporating this content into existing curricula is the lack of time and resources to locate or create appropriate educational materials. CORE provides free access to reliable, up-to-date content suitable for teaching future and current health professionals about a variety of reproductive health topics.. 


PowerPoint slides in CORE were designed using principles of cognitive psychology and research done by experts in the field of multimedia learning. The documents below will further explain ARHP's approach. 

  • ARHP Approach to PowerPoint: Slide Design Principles
  • Theories used to Develop the ARHP Approach to PowerPoint
  • How to Be an Effective Presenter

CORE contains: 

  • thousands of individual PowerPoint slides 
  • complete presentations
  • case studies
  • learning activities
  • handouts 

Through an interactive, user-friendly interface, educators can download and customize the materials they need to best reach their audience.

Reproductive Health topics featured in CORE include: 

  • Abortion Care
  • Adolescent Health
  • Contraception
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Gynecologic Disorders
  • Infertility
  • Male Reproductive Health
  • Maternal Health
  • Menopause
  • Menstruation
  • Reproductive Cancers
  • Reproductive Genetics
  • Reproductive Health and the Environment
  • Sex and Sexuality
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Urologic and Gynecologic Disorders

Use materials from CORE with confidence knowing they are: 

  • Continuously peer-reviewed by multidisciplinary experts to ensure that they are up-to-date and clinically accurate 
  • Developed free from industry influence 
  • Clearly labeled with the names of submitting authors, submission date, original funders, peer review date, and references
  • In compliance with the definition of "reproductive health" as described in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action

Cost to use CORE

CORE is an open access tool, which means anyone can use it, anytime, free of charge.

CORE is one of many free resources available from the Association of Reproductive Health Professional (ARHP). Visit www.arhp.org or join ARHP today to enjoy additional benefits.

Intended Audience and Use

CORE is a unique resource for educating health professionals and has materials that are appropriate for undergraduate and graduate settings, in-service trainings, and continuing education programs. The materials are developed and continuously peer-reviewed by multidisciplinary experts to ensure that they are current, clinically accurate, and relevant for teaching in a variety of settings.

Materials in CORE may not be used for commercial gain.


ARHP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to provide continuing education for pharmacists. ARHP also provides credit to nurses, physician assistants, and others through joint agreements with colleague organizations. For all educational activities, ARHP publishes full disclosure from all submitting authors, peer reviewers, and advisory committee members regarding any real or perceived conflicts of interest.

While the materials in CORE are developed according to the standards and guidelines set by the ACCME and ACPE, the educational materials in CORE themselves are not approved for continuing education credits.