330.653.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    Upon successfully completing the first term of this course, students will be able to use the internet to assemble information describing the geographic, political, economic and cultural parameters which may affect the types and level of psychoactive substance abuse in a developing country. Upon completing the second term of the course students will be able to conduct a national needs assessment using country based data on the extent and patterns of substance abuse and will be able to describe the policies, regulations and public health responses to substance abuse in their country. After the third term, students will be able to develop and defend a proposal for improvement of a specific substance abuse problem in their country In each term, students practice leadership skills in presenting and defending proposals for prevention, treatment or research programs.
  • Course Description

    Reviews the scientific, social and political issues involved in resource allocation for programs to prevent and control drug abuse and other emergent public health problems in developing countries. Examines examples of major prevention program types, such as mass media awareness programs, school based programs, community outreach networking programs and public treatment programs. Students present a formal proposal to mitigate some aspect of the selected health problem. The presenter advocates for the adoption of the proposal in a role play committee meeting which will vote on acceptance or rejection of the proposal.

  • Intended Audience

    Humphrey Fellows

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Oral Presentation and class participation

    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

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.