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Substance Use in Women and Families


3rd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Michelle Horner
Michelle Horner

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Do you wonder why drug epidemics occur, and why we, as a society, struggle to provide adequate services to those most in need? Opioid addiction has become a public health emergency, with thousands of otherwise healthy Americans succumbing each year to preventable overdose. What more can we do to help?

Introduces students to the complex etiology of substance use in women and the impact of substance use on women and their children and families. Provides an overview of the biopsychosocial risk and protective factors for substance use disorders in women. Explores the etiology, epidemiology, data sources, interventions, and policies for women who use substances and their families, from a life course perspective.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the scope of and data sources used to measure substance use among women in the U.S
  2. Understand the pathways to substance use disorders among women, and the roles of mental health, poverty, and trauma related to substance use in women
  3. Identify the risk/protective factors for and clinical and social impact of substance abuse in women, their young children, and families, from a life course perspective
  4. Assess policies and programs for women and families affected by substance use disorders
  5. Critically review research and data sources about substance abuse and identify the strengths and limitations of available data and evidence on substance use in women
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 90% Assignments
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students may elect to audit the course. However, grading of assignments will not be available.