Understanding Addictions

Understanding Addictions

Level 7, 20 Credits

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. 

Course aim

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 length

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.

Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £40.28 per credit.


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.

Course content

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

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

Entry requirements:
  • 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
CPD award

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

How to apply

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

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD courses for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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