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Addiction and Substance Use

Undergraduate Certificate

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 12
Cost Per Credit: $525
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Zuckerman College of Public Health

Program Details

There is an ongoing public health crisis in substance use disorders nationally. As a result, job growth for substance abuse, behavioral health, and mental health counselors is growing faster than average. Behavioral health positions, including patient advocates, youth, and health education counselors, are also expected to grow in Arizona and nationally, with above-average wages.

The 12-unit Addiction and Substance Use Undergraduate Certificate provides a comprehensive overview of substance use epidemiology, treatments, and policy. The certificate program follows a public health approach to explore substance use epidemiology, treatments, and policy. The program’s bio-psycho-social framework emphasizes the intersection of environmental, social, psychological, biological, and pharmacological factors contributing to substance use and substance use disorder.

Courses take a public health approach, exploring this issue from a population perspective that examines disparities in prevention and treatment programs. 

You are encouraged to apply to the program if you plan to work in health, public health, public safety, criminal justice, human resources, and social service settings. Working professionals seeking additional expertise are also encouraged to apply.

Delivered entirely online, this program can be completed in one academic year.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The core curriculum for this program includes:


PHPM 225 : Introduction to Addiction and Substance Use
HPS 306: Drugs and Society
PHPM 448: Addiction and Substance Use Policy



Earning your Undergraduate Certificate in Addiction and Substance Use will build core skills, including:

  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Critical & analytical thought
  • Science communication & advocacy
  • Problem solving
  • Promoting understanding of substance use
  • Interdisciplinary knowledge
  • Program & policy evaluation

Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Addiction and Substance Use program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Human Resources
  • Rehabilitation Care
  • Mental Health Agencies
  • Policy Entities in Government
  • Post Graduate Studies
  • Criminal Justice