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CPD Understanding Addictions

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits

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Course length
15 weeks PartTime
City campus

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Course aim

Why is addiction a public health issue? This module explores how and why society perceives some forms of behaviour as addiction and not others. The different ways in which society attempts to manage the various forms of addiction; including a public health approach.

This module identifies the main explanations for addiction and addictive behaviour from a biopsychosocial perspective.You will assess different models of addiction, and the mediators and moderators of addiction.

Your studies will focus around drug and alcohol addiction as this constitutes the major public health risk. However, you will also consider other addictive behaviours, such as gambling.You will identify key risk factors for addiction, particularly the relationship between addiction and inequalities.

Course content

Course under review

During this course, you will:

  • evaluate the meaning of addiction
  • examine historical and cultural perspectives
  • study models of addiction, encompassing biological, social, cultural, psychological and economic aspects
  • explore drug, alcohol, tobacco and gambling addiction
  • evaluate addiction intelligence, from epidemiology to clinical assessment
  • assess the impact of addiction on children, family and society
  • study addiction, risk and inequalities

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered over approximately 12 weeks for one half day per week. It normally runs from September to January. Sessions include lectures, seminars and workshops.

This is based on classroom attendance one half day a week at LJMU. All classroom-based activities will be supported with additional online CANVAS (VLE) based activity and learning.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

  • Alternative qualifications considered

    • You will normally be expected to have a first degree in order to enrol on this course
    • Evidence of equivalent learning gained through work may also be considered if you lack the above qualifications.
    • The Programme Leader must also be satisfied that you have the potential to study successfully at Level 7 and will benefit from the programme
    • Consideration will be given for prior education and experience

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.

Please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.


Assessment for Understanding Addictions will take the form of an essay and a 15 minute presentation.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development course can be studied within the MSc Public Health (Addictions) award framework or as a single CPD.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.