410.626.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
W 5:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    David Jernigan
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Discuss the role of harmful use of alcohol in international health
    • Articulate the influence of social and policy contexts on drinking behavior and alcohol-related problems
    • Discuss the evidence base for interventions to prevent and reduce harmful use of alcohol
    • Assess and create from the evidence base multiple-level and multi-component, comprehensive strategies, including structural interventions, to reduce harmful use of alcohol and related health consequences
    • Recognize techniques and pitfalls in implementing effective strategies to reduce harmful use of alcohol and its consequences
    • Participate as informed public health practitioners and researchers in efforts to advance and translate research findings into practice regarding harmful use of alcohol
  • Course Description
    Examines alcohol use and alcohol policy as social, behavioral and political phenomena. Reviews the history of alcohol policy in the United States, as well as U.S. and international epidemiological evidence regarding health harms and possible health benefits of alcohol use. Uses recent neurological research and social science research to inform the question of why people drink. Explores the evidence of effectiveness of various interventions, ranging from individual to structural, for preventing (in the case of underage and other high-risk populations) and reducing harmful use of alcohol.
  • Intended Audience
    Students interested in understanding and translating research findings about harmful alcohol use into policy
  • Methods of Assessment
    Class participation, mid-term exam, and final paper.
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Babor T. et al.  Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity, 2nd edition.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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