Centre for Public Health

Liverpool John Moores University

Public Health Institute - Liverpool John Moores University

World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention

Part of the Liverpool John Moores University

Study MSc Public Health (Addictions) at LJMU’s internationally renowned Centre for Public Health

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Our innovative MSc in Public Health (Addictions) programme examines the harm and risk relating to addiction and the interventions, policies and strategies employed to reduce them.

Addiction has a significant, detrimental impact on public health, affecting millions worldwide. It can no longer be seen as an isolated issue, rather a serious health concern, requiring carefully planned, evidence-based control, management and prevention strategies.

Our MSc explores this fascinating area via a number of stand-alone modules focusing on understanding addiction and the policies used to tackle it, the evidence base of harms and risks through epidemiological studies, and develops your research skills for a dissertation project.

Exploring the issue

In ‘Understanding Addictions’ you will explore addiction and addictive behaviour from a biopsychosocial perspective, assessing different models of addiction and considering their implications for tackling addictions. Your studies will focus on drug and alcohol addiction, although you will also consider other addictive behaviours such as gambling and tobacco use.

In ‘Addictions Policy’ you will consider core UK and international policies and strategies, examining the impact of personal and structural forces on addiction and assessing their relationship with policy objectives. You will also evaluate policies and interventions designed to improve addiction outcomes.

A centre of excellence

The Centre for Public Health is a vibrant research and teaching community working at a local, regional, national and international level. It is committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to public health and works in partnership with health services, local authorities, judicial bodies, environmental services and community groups.

For more information on the MSc in Public Health (Addictions), including application details, see our course factfile or contact Programme Leader, Rose Khatri: R.J.Khatri@ljmu.ac.uk Tel: 0151 231 4118.