Programme Mission and Student Learning Objectives

Programme Mission Statement

The mission of the International Program in Addiction Studies (IPAS) leading to a Master of Science in Addiction Studies degree is to offer students cross-cultural exposure to the critical prevention, treatment, research and policy issues facing the field through distance learning technologies. This program will speed the dissemination of the latest international addictions-related knowledge, especially to remote locations around the world, and help students compare international perspectives and translate this knowledge into more effective prevention and treatment practices and evidence-based policies within their own countries.

Program Goals

Goal 1: Knowledge of field of addiction science

Students in the program will develop a detailed knowledge of the field of addiction science (including comparative international policies and practices) to prepare them for leadership roles in a variety of settings (including addiction research, policy and treatment venues).

Goal 2: Ability to synthesize and apply addiction-related knowledge

Students of the program will be able to synthesize and apply addiction-related knowledge, including comparative international perspectives and approaches, to address key issues related to the advancement of addiction science.

Goal 3: Understanding of experimental approaches to addiction

Students will develop the ability to design, implement and interpret experimental approaches which address key questions in addiction science.

Goal 4: Communiction skills related to addiction

Students will develop skills in communicating both core knowledge of addiction as well as experimental design, result, and interpretation in a variety of formats.

Student Learning Outcomes/Objectives

SLO 1: Written communication skills

The candidate will use effective written communication skills to present information related to addiction causes, interventions, treatments, and policies using appropriate vocabulary, figures, tables, and citations.

SLO 2: Integrated knowledge of addiction science

The student will demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of the current elements of addiction science as related to disciplinary specialization and a more detailed understanding of the individual area of scholarship including an appropriate familiarity with the research literature and the ability to evaluate and critique publication.

SLO 3: Research Design

Students will demonstrate the achievement of an appropriate level of competence in the ability to appraise, develop and implement research studies.

SLO 4: Problem Solving Skills

Students will demonstrate an appropriate level of skill in the identification and selection of meaningful problems to be addressed in addiction research and practice, including the ability to defend said identifications and to design and develop appropriate methods to solve said problems as measured by rubric.

Curriculum Map

The curriculum map that follows indicates the courses in which specific student learning outcomes or objectives will be taught and/or assessed.  Students will have multiple opportunities throughout the program to master the knowledge, skills and abilities identified in the program goals and student learning objectives.  Please see the "Curriculum" section of the program website for more complete course descriptions.