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Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

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Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Greek, Chinese (Simplified)

Skills you will gain

Prevention ProgramsAddiction TreatmentBrainDrug And Alcohol Abuse Treatment
100% online

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Greek, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The Background & Overview of Drug Use

In this first week, we'll explore drug abuse, types of addictions, and the behaviors associated with them....
Reading
6 videos (Total 36 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Definitions and Terminology7m
The Historical Evidence4m
The Ten Classes of Drugs5m
Drug Use: A Serious Problem5m
Behavioral Addictions5m
Reading5 readings
Instructor Bio & Acknowledgements10m
Recommended Readings40m
Case: A Life on Hold10m
Case: An Ancient Story About a Gambling Addiction10m
Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Background and Overview of Drug Use20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Drugs & How the Brain Works

In this second week, we'll get a glimpse at why certain drugs are addicting and how they affect different regions of the brain....
Reading
6 videos (Total 41 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Detecting Drugs in the Body5m
Synaptic Transmission: The Target of Addicting Drugs9m
Neurotransmitters: The Chemical Messengers in the Brain4m
Cocaine & Nicotine6m
Drugs are Multifunctional8m
Reading3 readings
Case: Cocaine10m
Recommended Readings30m
Notes20m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Drugs & How the Brain Works26m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Classes of Drugs

In this third week, we'll take a deep dive into the different types of drugs and their individual effects....
Reading
7 videos (Total 47 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Nicotine7m
Marijuana4m
Psychostimulants7m
Hallucinogens4m
Opiate Drugs6m
Sedatives, Anti-Anxiety Agents, & Hypnotics6m
Reading5 readings
Case: Veteran with Stress Syndrome10m
Case: Psychedelic Drug10m
Case: Sedatives10m
Recommended Readings30m
Notes10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Classes of Drugs, Part 128m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Classes of Drugs with Animal Models

In this fourth week, we'll take a look at the drug self-administration model in animals and the implications of these results....
Reading
8 videos (Total 47 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Caffeine4m
New and Other Substances4m
Review of Ten Classes of Drugs6m
Animals in Drug Addiction Research4m
Animal Model of Drug Self-Administration, Part 19m
Animal Model of Drug Self-Adminstration, Part 24m
Conditioned Place Preference5m
Reading3 readings
Case: The Powerful "Cue" 10m
Recommended Readings45m
Notes30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Classes of Drugs, Part 2 & Animal Models22m

Instructor

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Michael Kuhar, Ph.D.

Professor
Yerkes/Emory Pharmacology and Neuroscience

About Emory University

Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the world's leading research universities. Its mission is to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity....

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