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NIDA. (2009, April 1). Universities Offer Online Master's Program in Addiction Studies. Retrieved from

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April 01, 2009

A consortium of three universities launched a 12-month intensive online program last August that leads to a master's degree in addiction studies. The full-time international program, developed by the University of Adelaide (Australia), King's College London (United Kingdom), and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, prepares participants to assume leadership roles in addiction science and related fields, such as health care, law enforcement, policy, and education.

Courses focus on the scientific basis of addiction, comparative epidemiology, evidence-based interventions (including pharmacological, psychosocial, and public health approaches), research methodology, and addictions policy. Lecturers include leading authorities in these fields. The goal of the International Programme in Addiction Studies is to produce specialists in addiction who will translate research into effective treatment and prevention practices and local, state, national, and international public health policies.

In the program, all online lectures, assignments, and correspondence are conducted in English. For more information about the program, including eligibility requirements, visit or contact program officers Dr. Femke Pijlman,; Dr. Kim Wolff,; or Dr. Mary Loos,