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The University of Queensland (UQ)

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Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies

  • Graduate Certificate

Deepen your understanding of a range of priority issues in the alcohol and drugs field while you develop the skills required to respond to drug and alcohol harm.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
1 year full-time
Course Code
Intake Months
Feb, Jul, Nov
International Fees
$16,712 per year / $16,712 total

About this course

This one year part-time program will prepare you to respond to drug and alcohol harm in a number of professional environments, and understand a range of priority issues in the alcohol and drugs field.

Use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is associated with a significant burden of illness and injury in populations around the globe. In addition, individuals, families and communities experience social harms arising from specific patterns of intoxication, modes of drug use and illicit drug markets.

Despite this huge impact, little formal training is available for those responding to substance use and misuse. Developed by the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre in collaboration with Queensland Health, this program equips both experienced practitioners and those new to the field with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference.

Through your studies, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the factors that influence patterns of substance use and knowledge of policies, services, treatment and prevention of alcohol and drug related harm. You'll gain the latest, most relevant information and skills needed for lifelong learning, develop your critical analysis and interpretation skills, and gain the ability to apply relevant research findings.

Study locations


What you will learn

  • Enjoy the flexible learning approach of this online program, with every course available externally as self-paced study modules that fit into your existing schedule.
  • Benefit from a program developed in collaboration with Queensland Health and gain the knowledge and skills to make a real difference.

Career pathways

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Drug and alcohol counsellor
  • Alcohol and substance use nurse practitioner
  • Mental health clinician
  • Case manager
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker