substance abuse logo.jpgThrough this interdepartmental minor in substance abuse education, students will receive a broad education about drugs and drug policies in the United States.  Most students who select this minor are interested in a career in substance abuse prevention, treatment, or rehabilitation.  Many students studying this minor go on to take State of Michigan credentialing examinations and begin careers in counseling agencies, court programs, or treatment centers.


Program Requirements

Required Courses (18 hours)

​The study of psychoactive drugs: what they are; how they work; and why people use and/or abuse them; and their impact on society. Not open to students with credit in HSC 528, 529, or 530. This course may be offered in an online format. Recommended: Any natural or social science course. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Investigate substance abuse programs and explore substance abuse intervention. Prerequisite: HSC 235. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

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Introduction to public health, and services provided to citizens and educators by official and voluntary health agencies. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

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Concentrated study of mental health and illness as related to home, school, and community. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

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​This course covers diversity issues in order to help students become effective, multiculturally competent health practitioners. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisites: ATR 383 or HSC 317; or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Etiologies and recovery strategies of substance abuse, eating and sexual disorders and the detrimental health habits which undermine healthy lifestyles. Prerequisites: HSC 235 or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

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Electives (6 hours) Select from the following list with approval of an advisor:

​Principles of normal nutrition as related to the health of all age groups. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This course examines how factors from social, legal, and political contexts influence family development and functioning over the life course. Prerequisites: HDF 211; senior standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

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​Focus on individual health and wellness concepts using quantitative reasoning. Designed to assist the individual in striving for lifelong learning about healthier lifestyles. Quantitative Reasoning. 

Credits 3(2-1) 

Contact Hours (2-1) 

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​Covers basic structure and function of the human body. Prepares non- science majors and health profession students to take advanced human anatomy and physiology courses. Recommended: Successful completion of a college level science course or a strong background in basic sciences, i.e. high school biology or chemistry. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Skills and techniques in writing, developing health education materials, public speaking, and group dynamics as they relate to community programs. Prerequisite: A signed Community Health Major or minor. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A service-learning experience where the student is engaged in a hands-on service project. Academic coverage includes the philosophy, objectives, and methods of community service. Prerequisite: HSC 317. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Individual reading-an experience designed for professional enrichment. 4-hour maximum. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. 

Credits 1-4(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

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​In-depth consideration of relevant, pertinent health issues. 

Credits 1-12(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec)

​A concentrated study of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome including the origin, prevalence, spread, disease process, psychosocial aspects and implications for society. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: HSC 106 or teaching certificate. 

Credits 1(1-0) 

Contact Hours (1-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Systematic evaluation of stress and methods used to effectively reduce stress to promote and maintain health and wellness. Prerequisite: 50 credit hours completed or graduate standing. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

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​Research-based findings on the development of human behavior from conception through late adulthood. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Nature, causes, and treatment of mental disorders. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: PSY 100. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Theory and practice of psychological interviewing and counseling. Recommended: PSY 220, PSY 250. Prerequisites: PSY 100. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Explores the nature and extent of major social problems. Examines structural, institutional, constructionist and normative elements, and encourages critical engagement with types of proposed solutions. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Nature, distribution, social construction, and theories of crime. Introduction to criminal justice processes. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 201 or SOC 221. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

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Family as a contested social institution embedded in changing social and cultural contexts. Explores kinship systems, family diversity, social organization, social conflict, family policy, and change. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 201 or 221. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​History of social welfare and social action. Analysis of American social welfare systems. Links between social policy and needs and impacts on vulnerable groups. Prerequisite: SWK 100. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Total: 24 semester hours