330.602.01 The Epidemiology of Substance Use and Related Problems
- Mental Health
- 2nd term
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
- East Baltimore
- Class Times:
- Tu Th, 1:30 - 2:50pm
Presents an overview of the epidemiology of substance use and substance use disorders within a public health framework. Initially we review how drugs are classified and regulated and then we examine trends in estimates of prevalence of use and use disorders. Covers the most common drugs of abuse, including alcohol, tobacco/nicotine, marijuana, opioids, and cocaine. Included are lectures from those with expertise in specific drugs or areas of study within substance use epidemiology.
- Learning Objectives:
- Describe drug policy in the US, including how substances are regulated;
- Describe the leading drugs of abuse in the US and their prevalence of use and health and social impacts;
- Examine the overlap between substance use and mental disorders;
- Explain key concepts in substance use epidemiology, such as tolerance, withdrawal, addictive potential, etc;
- Consider the role of epidemiology in informing and evaluating policy and public health interventions targeting substance use and substance use disorders;
- Understand a variety of approaches to prevention of substance use, screening and treatment for substance use disorders, and diagnosis of substance use disorder; and
- Be a competent consumer of substance use epidemiology research.
- Methods of Assessment:
Mid-term exam (35%), one review paper (25%), and a final exam (40%). The formats for all assignments are described in the syllabus.
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required