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330.651.01 SEMINAR ON PROGRAM PLANNING IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ON DRUG ABUSE AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS I

Department:
Mental Health
Term:
1st term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 5:20pm

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Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Pierre Alexandre
Course Instructor:
  • Pierre Alexandre
Description:

Reviews the scientific, social and political issues involved in resource allocation for programs to prevent and control drug abuse and other emergent public health problems in developing countries. Examines examples of major prevention program types, such as mass media awareness programs, school-based programs, community outreach networking programs, and public treatment programs. Students make presentations on the social and political factors influencing policy and resource allocation to reducing a selected drug, health or abuse problem in their own country.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. use the internet to assemble information describing the geographic, political, economic and cultural parameters which may affect the types and level of psychoactive substance abuse in a developing country
  2. conduct a national needs assessment using country based data on the extent and patterns of substance abuse and will be able to describe the policies, regulations and public health resp
  3. develop and defend a proposal for improvement of a specific substance abuse problem in their country In each term, students practice leadership skills in presenting and defending proposals for prevention, tre
Methods of Assessment:

Oral presentation and class participation

Enrollment Restriction:

Must be a Humphrey Fellows in drug abuse or have consent of instructor.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Students not in Humphrey Fellows program.

For consent, contact:

pialexan@jhsph.edu

Special Comments:

Course is held in departmental space.