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Department: Mental Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Pierre Alexandre
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
use the internet to assemble information describing the geographic, political, economic and cultural parameters which may affect the types and level of psychoactive subst
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
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
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 5:20
  • Thursday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: Must be a Humphrey Fellows in drug abuse or have consent of instructor.
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Students not in Humphrey Fellows program.

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Course is held in departmental space.