Global Health Impacts of Drug Use

Subject 505-961 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A minimum of 24 contact hours, taught in block mode over 5 days.
Total Time Commitment: Students will be expected to undertake additional study (i.e. outside the stated contact hours) of at least two hours for each hour of contact in this subject
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Australian International Health Inst.
Subject Overview:

The subject will cover the following topics: definitions and categories of drugs; historical perspective on drugs and drug use; sources, characteristics, routes of administration and effects of key licit and illicit drugs; drugs as a development challenge; patterns of drug use in Asia, Australia and worldwide; health outcomes associated with the use of key licit and illicit drugs; drug use and other social problems; drug use and the global burden of disease; responses to drug use in Asia, Australia and worldwide. There will be practical reinforcement of teaching through site visits.

On completion of this subject, students will:

  • be able to outline the sources, characteristics, routes of administration and effects of key drugs;
  • have acquired an understanding of the processes of illicit drug manufacture and trafficking;
  • have learnt about patterns of drug use in Australia, across the Asia-Pacific region, and worldwide;
  • be able to describe the relative influences of major drug types on morbidity and mortality, including HIV/AIDS;
  • understand the specific health outcomes associated with the use of the most important licit and illicit drugs, including understanding implications for the development of community-based responses; and
  • be able to explain how use of licit and illicit drugs is linked to poverty, criminality and other social problems;
  • be able to critique the policies and practical responses to drug use implemented in different countries at different stages of history.
Assessment: Individual and group participation (5%); 20-minute multiple-choice exam- mid-course (10%); one-hour exam on the last day (25%); 3000-word essay (60%)
Prescribed Texts: A folder of readings will be available prior to the subject commencing.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Subject Level: 500

Links to further information:

This subject is a Group 1 elective in the Master of Public Health.

Subject Coordinator: Mr Gary Reid 9282 2219

Related Course(s): Master of Public Health

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