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330.654.01 Seminar On Drug Abuse Program Planning in Developing Countries IV

Mental Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Pierre Alexandre
Course Instructor:
  • Pierre Alexandre

Discusses conceptual and policy issues related to substance abuse in the U.S., including definitions of use and dependence; social and political contexts; scientific bases for public health response; national policy alternatives; public awareness, community action, and school-based approaches to prevention; and theories of treatment. Students give presentations on the extent of substance use and abuse in developing countries, including proposals to mitigate some aspect of substance abuse. Students also prepare a paper on a current topic.

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 subst
  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:

Special Comments:

Course is held in departmental space.