EPIDEMIOLOGY OF DRUG DEPENDENCE Syllabus
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
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
Students interested in the epidemiology of drug and alcohol dependence, suspected causes and consequences, and implications for prevention, services, and policy.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on class participation and/or a final exam.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Disability Support Services
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