Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies (GCertAlcDrugSt)

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The Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies is designed to assist a range of professionals attain an advanced level of understanding of drug effects, the nature of addiction and current principles of management of alcohol and drug problems. This program is only offered on a part-time online basis via distance education with no requirement to attend classes or examinations at the University of Adelaide.

The Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies is an AQF Level 8 qualification and is only offered part-time with an expected duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Understand the pharmacology of drugs of dependence and the mechanisms underlying the development of dependence.
2. Understand broadly the core issues in the drug and alcohol field including epidemiology, public health approaches, harm minimisation, treatment approaches, legal issues and the genetic, behavioural and social factors predisposing to drug dependence.
3. Integrate a comprehensive understanding of current knowledge on drug and alcohol problems into their practice/profession.
4. Critically assess scientific literature.
5. Communicate effectively.
6. Understand special populations and ethical considerations in treatment.
7. Consider evidence-based approaches.
8. Challenge current ideas.

Condition of Enrolment

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies

There shall be a Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 12 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 12 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PHARM 7011EX Drug Effects and Biology of Addiction 6
PHARM 7012EX Pharmacotherapy and other responses to drug problems 6