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Drug and Addiction Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies is a cross-disciplinary program offered to post-baccalaureate students interested in advanced education in addictions. The purpose of the program is to expand professional capacity in prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery for individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction.

The Graduate Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies is designed to develop broad competencies including professional and ethical responsibility, policy advocacy, community education, clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, and service coordination in preparation for employment in professional fields addressing alcohol and drug-related problems. The program involves clinical and research faculty and traditional and online courses from several academic departments, including public health, medicine, social work, and psychology.  

Curriculum Requirements

Beginning Fall 2020, the Graduate Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies requires the completion of 18 credit hours:

  • SOWK 758: Dynamics of Substance Abuse 
  • SOWK 752: Social Work Intervention in Substance Abuse
  • SOWK 730: Trauma-informed Social Work Practice
  • SOWK 731: Motivational Interviewing
  • SOWK 751: Youth and Substance Abuse
  • SOWK 760: Psychopathology and Psychodiagnostics for Social Work Practice with Adults and Older Adults
  • NPSY 760: Addictions Rehabilitation
  • NPSY 761: Dual Diagnosis
  • HPEB 742: Alcohol, Drugs, and Public Health Policy
  • HPEB 540: Drug Prevention
  • HPEB 542: Tobacco Prevention and Control in Public Health
  • PSYC 503: Psychology of Drug Use and Effect

Elective courses


Additional information about the certificate program is located in the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

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