Courses

“No scholar shall take tobacco, unless permitted by the president, with the consent of their parents or guardians and on good reasons first given by a physician and then in a sober and private manner.”

Henry Dunster (1609-1659)
First President of Harvard College

SBS 504 Substance Abuse and Public Health
Instructor: Dr. Vaughan Rees

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.

 

SBS 249:  High Risk Behaviors: Epidemiology and Prevention Strategies
Instructor: Dr. Vaughan Rees

This course examines epidemiology of behaviors that place an individual at higher risk of injuries and mortality, including substance abuse, violence, and risky sexual behaviors. Emphasis is placed on developmental and environmental factors that support these behaviors as well as the design, implementation, and review of evidence-based preventive interventions.

 

New SBS course under development:

International Tobacco Control: Interventions and Public Policy to End an Epidemic

Cigarette smoking is still 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 will cover:

  • Core knowledge on issues related to tobacco control – including the epidemiology of tobacco use and tobacco-related disease
  • Anatomy of the transnational tobacco industry
  • Strategies to curb the marketing and sales of cigarettes at local, state, national, and international levels
  • Anti-tobacco mass communications
  • Tobacco prevention and treatment approaches, including community based interventions
  • Overview of large scale tobacco programs and regulatory science needs
  • Evaluation of program and policy impact