Harm Reduction: A Framework For Evidence-Based Policy And Practice
- 2nd term
- Health Behavior and Society
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.
Harm reduction strategies are important components of a comprehensive public health approach to substance use.
Discusses a variety of harm reduction strategies as they pertain to substance use issues. Introduces various programs that address substance use problems from a harm reduction perspective. Describes the evidence base supporting harm reduction programs. Explores the complicated legal and contextual issues associated with implementation of harm reduction programs.
- Learning Objectives:
- Summarize the principles of harm reduction as a part of a comprehensive public health approach to drug use and abuse
- Describe the current context of harm reduction and challenges for the implementation of such programs
- Critique various conceptualizations of drug use and abuse (e.g., brain vs. social disease vs. moral failing)
- Examine how drug regulation and criminalization (crack vs. cocaine; opioid vs. heroin) contribute to health disparities and how harm reduction approaches can reduce these disparities
- Explore the evidence (e.g., efficacy, cost effectiveness) of various harm reduction strategies (e.g., syringe exchange programs, naloxone, safe consumption spaces, medication assisted treatment, fentanyl testing)
- Develop and present a range of evidence-based arguments to gain broad support of implementing harm reduction programs
- Methods of Assessment:
This course is evaluated as follows:
- 10% Reflection
- 25% Group Work
- 40% Final Policy Brief
- 25% Final Presentation
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required