(Effective Fall 2019)

The professional credential will provide a comprehensive understanding of the scientific causes of addiction, treatment options, and prevention strategies.

Career Opportunities

Opioid abuse has found its way into every industry, with devastating consequences. This professional credential is intended to enhance the skill level of degreed professionals currently working in fields such as law enforcement, education, human services, and health care, for example. Additionally, there is a demand in the private sector for employers to be able to identify employees and subcontractors who might be struggling with chemical dependency.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • Identify addiction as a public health crisis in the United States (Awareness)
  • Recognize predispositions and other environmental influences that play a role in addiction (Assessment)
  • Examine health promotion and prevention strategies related to substance abuse (Promotion & Prevention)
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of comprehensive treatment plans for those experiencing addiction (Evaluation)
  • Establish strategies for multi-agency collaboration with local and regional stakeholders to develop programs, policies, and practices focused on reducing addiction and its impact on communities (Advocacy)


Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
DCP100 Science Behind Substance Abuse and Addiction 3 3 M REQ
DCP201 Promotion and Prevention of Substance Use and Abuse 3 3 M REQ
DCP202 Comprehensive Treatment of Drug Abuse and Addiction 3 3 M REQ
DCP203 Advocacy and Social Policy Approaches to Addressing Substance Use and Abuse 3 3 M REQ