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PUBH5145: Alcohol, drug use and health

This unit aims to assist students in developing an evidence-based understanding of the epidemiology of alcohol and drug use and its impact on health, and the effectiveness of methods for prevention and management of related problems. Research methods in relation to substance use disorders, and the needs of special populations are also considered.

Code PUBH5145
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
PUBH5114 or PUBH5115
Assumed knowledge:
MPH core units

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. please see Canvas for more details
  • LO2. Describe the epidemiology of drug and alcohol use in Australia and elsewhere
  • LO3. Understand of the harms and burden of disease associated with of drug and alcohol use in Australia and elsewhere
  • LO4. Understand the key policy concepts applicable to drug and alcohol policy in Australia and elsewhere including the three pillars of policy and their evidence base (harm reduction, demand reduction and supply reduction)
  • LO5. Critique evidence for drug policies and programs, especially public health programs
  • LO6. Critique information about drug and alcohol policy and practice
  • LO7. Understand some the key treatment options for drug and alcohol problems and their evidence base
  • LO8. Understand and critique research practice and principles in the drug and alcohol field
  • LO9. Understand of the impact of drug and alcohol issues and policies on specific populations
  • LO10. Identify their own values and judgements; recognise and consider others’ (including those opposing) values and reflect on any changes informed by knowledge and evidence
  • LO11. Apply knowledge to local contexts

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