Substance
Use Disorders

Substance Use Disorders at Public Health U
 
Our Master’s level Program in Public Health, sponsored in part by the Annenberg Physician Training Program: Abstinence-Based Recovery from Addictive Disease (APTP), provides transdisciplinary education in addiction and mental health, by training students to identify and engage areas of intersection in public health, mental health, and substance use disorders.
 
The program offers a specialization in Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health intended to inform practice in public health and clinical care settings. The emphasis will be on training Public Health Practitioners to identify the context in which mental health difficulties and addictions emerge, and empower them to identify and engage structural, legislative, and cultural variables.
 
Students enrolled in the concentration will understand the concepts, methods, and evidence base for a variety of substance use disorders and mental health issues, including prevention, treatment, and the social and economic consequences of substance use disorders and mental health problems. In addition,  students will develop the technical skills necessary to conduct mental health research and the practical skills required to implement and evaluate interventions in a variety of settings.
 
Physicians, medical students, nurses, social workers, and public health professionals are welcome to enroll in the Addiction concentration courses for credit, for free. However, PHU offers full program scholarships to qualifying students who hold a medical degree, provide care for patients suffering from substance use disorders, and who enroll in the Master’s level Program in Public Health with a Concentration in Addiction and Mental Health.
 
Student professionals will be prepared to plan, design, and implement mental health and addiction interventions in various settings. A course on research techniques and a supervised dissertation will assist students in developing their research skills while enrolled in the program. Students will design a research project linked to mental health and substance use in a local or global context with the assistance of expert tutors during the research practicum.
 
The Master’s level program includes:
 
  • Addiction and mental health threading throughout the program: At PHU, we make sure that each course provides addiction and mental health information that helps students gain a better knowledge of addictions, the addictive process, and recovery.
  • One activity per course dedicated to addiction and mental health: Furthermore, we ensure that students’ peer activities are related to addiction, and more specifically, Substance Use Disorders (SUD), to promote critical thinking.
  • One video per course related to addiction and/or mental health: Each PHU Course contains at least one video relevant to addiction or mental health. The goal is for students to better understand the role addiction plays in the broader field of public health.
  • Addiction scholarship for MD students: PHU offers full scholarships to qualifying students who hold a medical degree, provide care for patients suffering from substance use disorders, and who are enrolled in the Master’s level Program in Public Health with a Concentration in Addiction and Mental Health.
  • Addiction concentration – free courses for health professionals: Our Addiction-focused courses are offered to health professionals for free and can be used for continuing education credits.
  • New enrollees from semester 22b onwards are required to engage in 2 of the following Addiction Concentration Courses: Substance Use and Public Health + Alcohol Counseling / Screening for Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care = 3 USCH

The program offers a specialization in

Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health