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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Jernigan, David
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Examines alcohol use and alcohol policy as social, behavioral and political phenomena. Reviews the history of alcohol policy in the United States, as well as U.S. and international epidemiological evidence regarding health harms and possible health benefits of alcohol use. Uses recent neurological research and social science research to inform the question of why people drink. Explores the evidence of effectiveness of various interventions, ranging from individual to structural, for preventing (in the case of underage and other high-risk populations) and reducing harmful use of alcohol.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss the role of harmful use of alcohol in international health
discuss the evidence base for interventions to prevent and reduce harmful use of alcohol
Assess and create from the evidence base comprehensive strategies to reduce harmful use of alcohol and related health consequences
Recognize techniques and pitfalls in implementing effective strategies to reduce harmful use of alcohol and its consequences
Participate as informed public health practitioners and researchers in efforts to advance and translate research findings into practice regarding harmful use of alcohol

Methods of Assessment: Class participation, mid-term exam, and final paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 5:30 - 8:30
Enrollment Minimum: 7
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: