This course provides a theoretical and practical basis for exploring the role of primary prevention, examining prevention practice as social action, analyzing prevention systems development and evaluating the role of media advocacy and social marketing in effective prevention practice.
In this course, you’ll study lifespan issues related to substance abuse including theories of human growth and development, brain development, impact of substances on the brain at various stages of development, transition periods and strategies to address service provision issues.
This course will help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design, implement and evaluate substance abuse prevention programs. Material covered in the course will demonstrate the logical link between utilizing data to identify priority issues, select “best fit” interventions and develop an appropriate evaluation design.
This course will examine the effects of drug use on the brain. Topics covered include physical and functional aspects of the brain, damage to the brain caused by drugs, and how brain damage appears as behavioral patterns that cause problems for individuals, their families and society in general.
You’ll complete 75 working hours (per credit hour) of field experience directly related to your study focus in the master's program. See also: