About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for EPIDEMIOLOGY OF DRUG DEPENDENCE (330.602.01), a course offered by the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Presents an overview of the epidemiology of drug and alcohol dependence and its relevance to public health. Reviews trends in estimates of prevalence and incidence of drug and alcohol use and problems related to use. Examines factors that might influence subgroup variation and health disparities in drug use outcomes using a dynamic approach that addresses changes over time and across the life course. Explores the universe of suspected causal influences and mechanisms ranging from genetic to societal influences using a model in which transitions in stages of drug involvement are influenced by interactions between individual susceptibility and social environmental factors. Presents research methodology and recent innovations in drug and alcohol epidemiologic research. The goal of this course is further understanding of the usefulness of epidemiology for shedding light on the natural history of drug and alcohol use and the relevance of epidemiologic research to basic and clinical research

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify appropriate data sources and approaches for addressing research questions about the epidemiology of drug use and dependence in the United States
  • Consider the role of epidemiology in informing and assessing policy and public health interventions targeting drug and alcohol dependence
  • Use epidemiologic approaches to describe the natural history of drug use and test for potential influences on transitions in stages of drug use
  • Describe conceptualizations of addiction and their importance for research

Course Time

Mon Wed   1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

Course Faculty


Intended Audience

Students interested in the epidemiology of drug and alcohol dependence, suspected causes and consequences, and implications for prevention, services, and policy.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on class participation and/or a final exam.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Debra Holden
E-mail: dholden@jhsph.edu