SHDH 504

Substance Abuse and Public Health

Substance abuse is a major public health problem which impacts society on multiple levels. The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of factors that contribute to substance abuse and its consequences. Students will use this background to critically evaluate scientific evidence relating to local, national and international drug policies. 

SHDH 249  

Approaches to International Tobacco Control and ID 506 Public Health Practice and Leadership

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable mortality and morbidity in the world, responsible for an estimated 420,000 deaths per year in the U.S. alone.  This course is designed to

  • equip students with core knowledge on issues related to tobacco control – including the epidemiology of tobacco use
  • the economics of the transnational tobacco industry; strategies to curb the marketing and sales of cigarettes at local, state, national, and international levels
  • ability to manage large scale tobacco programs, conduct tobacco related research and develop a passion and commitment to reduce global death associated with smoking. 
  • conduct health education campaign
  • evaluate program and policy outcomes.

ID 506

Public Health Practice and Leadership

This is a course on public health practice and leadership. The course has been divided into interrelated and interdependent sections including lectures by expert public health leaders, leadership-building class exercises and overarching team projects. Through lectures from public health leaders, the course will review how public health practice is carried out from the perspective of various disciplines within public health. Students will also use team research projects on a specific public health problem as defined in a current publication to learn the leadership skills needed to translate research into practice and develop public health policy solutions. The course assumes that some students will devote their futures to research and teaching, others will work in public health or related fields, and still others will work as professionals.