Courses Details

HBEHED659: Introduction to Adolescent Substance Use Prevention

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 credit hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Mistry, Ritesh (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Students gain an overview of adolescent substance use prevention from a public health perspective. Students learn about the evidence-base on adolescent substance use prevention. They apply course content to create prevention interventions. The course examines both illicit (e.g., opiates, marijuana, methamphetamine) and licit (e.g., alcohol, tobacco) substances.
  • Learning Objectives: -Understand the magnitude of and trends in adolescent substance use in the US and globally. -Describe which adolescent populations are at greatest risk of substance use and its consequences. -Describe the consequences of adolescent substance use on adolescent health and development. -Understand and critically appraise the main theoretical perspectives that are used to explain what determines adolescent substance use, and progression in to abuse. -Articulate the empirical evidence about the determinants of adolescent substance use. -Identify and appraise existing programs and policies designed to prevent adolescent substance use. -Apply the above to develop a new or adapt an existing evidence-based program or policy to prevent adolescent substance use.