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Substance Use and Public Health

  • Ended
  • 7 500 South African rand
  • Online Meetup

Service Description

This course provides information on substance use and public health. It addresses the burden of substance use disorders (SUD), the impact of prevention strategies, interventions and control programs, and ethical research practices in SUD care to ensure effective positive health outcomes. By the end of this course, students will be able to use screening tools to assess substance use disorders and identify prevention and treatment protocols to reduce the impact of substance use disorders within a population. The SUD and Public Health course is sponsored by the Annenberg Physician Training Program. Like all Ecorbi, it is competency-based; competencies were developed in collaboration with subject matter experts, and take into consideration Tap 21 Addiction Counseling Competencies from SA. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which benchmark how curricula, educational programs, and professional standards are measured in the AS. SUD treatment field, the Principles of General Care (GPC) for people with Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders (MNS) conditions developed by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), and the WHO and United Nations (UN) International Standards for the Treatment of Drug Use Disorders. The course uses learning resources from accredited, world-class organizations such as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the World Health Organization. The course was designed by Hugo Rojas, MD, MSc; Juan Jose Pemintel, MD; Leohrandra Graham, MSc; Margaret Niles, PhD, MEd, DipID; Valeria Reynolds, MD, MPH; Pablo Baldiviezo, MD. There are five Substance Use Disorder (SUD) modules to complete, which include: Module 1: Introduction to SUD in Public Health Module 2: Identifying SUD Module 3: SUD Interventions and Control Module 4: SUD Prevention Strategies Module 5: Ethics and Research in SUD Care The completion time for this course is estimated to be 125 hours which includes 63 hours of didactics and curated resources and 62 hours of work participating in activities and quizzes to assist the student in the synthesis of the materials. This course is equivalent to 3 credit hours.

Contact Details


3rd Floor Ecorbit Health, West Street, Gauteng, Sandton, South Africa

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