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Biobehavioral Health (BB H)

BB H 143 (GHA) Drugs, Behavior, and Health (3) Health aspects of use and abuse of licit and illicit drugs; related social problems and prevention. Designed for non-BB H majors.

BB H 143 Drugs, Behavior, and Health (3)

This course is designed for non-BB H majors who want a fundamental understanding of health and social issues relating to drug and alcohol use and abuse. This course should help students in the biological and behavioral sciences better understand practical applications of theoretical knowledge relating to drug physiology, drug-related health effects, health promotion and disease prevention, issues related to social and psychological effects of drug use and abuse, and drug control policies. The course will cover a broad array of drugs including licit drugs (e.g., therapeutic drugs, tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, etc.), and illicit drugs (amphetamines, marijuana, hallucinogens, etc.) with additional focus on drugs liable for addiction and the progression from occasional use to addiction. The course will cover the basics of drug pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Special attention will be given to toxicology and addiction physiology. The course is broad in scope, covering subjects such as alcohol and drug use and misuse in specific populations (youth college students, etc.), toxicity and threats to children and adults posed by common therapeutic drugs (aspirin, prescription drugs, etc.), and prevention and treatment strategies for overdoses (e.g., emergency treatment, use of poison control centers, etc.). The course will involve student and faculty discussion of laws concerning the manufacture, distribution and use of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, and drug development. Students will engage in activities to learn the most efficacious strategies for prevention, intervention and treatment for drug-misuse-related disorders, including community-based programs to pharmacological intervention, and detoxification. Students will engage in a number of activities that involve self-assessment of personal drug use and potential health trajectories. A significant portion of the course will involve accessing drug-related websites to complete specified exercises in data gathering, synthesis, and critical evaluation of issues relating to drug use and abuse and drug control. These exercises will involve both written reports and oral discussions and applications to contemporary society and community. Students will learn practical skills in being able to access a variety of sources to update knowledge about causality and treatment of addictions and to critically appraise these sources. Students intending to major in Biobehavioral Health should take BB H 451--Pharmacological Influences on Health.

General Education: GHA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2002

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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