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Addiction Studies

Addiction Studies: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty of the Collaborative Specialization

Public Health

Participating Degree Programs

Counselling and Clinical Psychology — MA, PhD
Criminology and Sociolegal Studies — MA, PhD
Information — PhD
Medical Science — MSc, PhD
Nursing Science — PhD
Pharmaceutical Sciences — MSc, PhD
Pharmacology — MSc, PhD
Psychology — MA, PhD
Public Health Sciences — MPH, MSc, PhD
Social Work — MSW, PhD
Sociology — MA, PhD

Overview

The graduate programs listed above, in collaboration with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Addiction Studies at the University of Toronto. The purpose of the Addiction Studies specialization is to develop and integrate graduate training in the multidisciplinary field of addictions, an area that includes the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and psychoactive substances, as well as gambling and other addictive behaviours. Master's programs requiring a thesis, practicum, or research paper, and doctoral programs are included. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the collaborative specialization, students will receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Addiction Studies” on their transcript.

Contact and Address

Web: www.dlsph.utoronto.ca/program/collaborative-specialization-in-addiction-studies

Hayley Hamilton, PhD
Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
33 Russell Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1
Telephone: 416-535-8501 ext. 36353
Hayley.Hamilton@camh.ca

Michael Chaiton, PhD
Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
33 Russell Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1
Telephone: 416-535-8501 ext. 34428
Michael.Chaiton@utoronto.ca

Addiction Studies: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating graduate units. They must contact the collaborating professor within their graduate unit directly.

Specialization Requirements

  • Students must meet all requirements of their home graduate unit in terms of coursework and thesis work, or equivalent.

  • Master's students in the collaborative specialization are required to take PAS 3700H Multidisciplinary Aspects of Addictions, plus 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE) selected from the list of approved elective courses presented below or an approved directed reading course.

  • The student's thesis must deal with a subject in the field of addictions. The thesis is supervised and evaluated in the same manner as others in the home graduate unit, but normally involves, as appropriate, supervisory and examining professors from other disciplines represented in the collaborative specialization. In collaborating graduate units that do not require a thesis, a practicum or major research paper will be accepted instead of a thesis, as long as the topic or focus is directly related to addictions. In collaborating graduate unit that do not have a thesis or equivalent requirement, students must take a third 0.5 FCE from the list of approved electives.

Addiction Studies: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating graduate units. They must contact the collaborating professor within their graduate unit directly.

Specialization Requirements

  • Doctoral students in the collaborative specialization are required to take PAS 3700H Multidisciplinary Aspects of Addictions, if they have not already done so, plus an additional 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE) (not taken previously) from the approved listing of elective courses presented below or an approved directed reading course.

  • Students must meet all requirements of their home graduate unit in terms of coursework and thesis work, or equivalent.

  • The student's thesis must deal with a subject in the field of addictions. The thesis is supervised and evaluated in the same manner as others in the home graduate unit, but normally involves, as appropriate, supervisory and examining professors from other disciplines represented in the collaborative specialization. In collaborating graduate units that do not require a thesis, a practicum or major research paper will be accepted instead of a thesis, as long as the topic or focus is directly related to addictions. In collaborating graduate units that do not have a thesis or equivalent requirement, students must take a third 0.5 FCE from the list of approved electives.

Addiction Studies: Courses

Core Course

​PAS 3700H
​M​ultidisciplinary Aspects of Addiction

Elective Courses

​APD 1291H​
Addictive Behaviours: Approaches to Assessment and Intervention​
​CHL 5120H
Population Health Perspectives on Mental Health and Addictions​
​CHL 5417H
​Tobacco and Health: From Cells to Society
CRI 2040H
Drugs and Crime
​JPM 1005Y
​Behavioural Pharmacology
​MSC 1085H
​Molecular Approaches to Mental Health and Addictions
​PAS 3701H
​Advanced Research Issues in Addictions
​​​SOC 6123H
Sociology of Addiction​
​SWK 4616H
​​Drug Dependencies: Interventive Approaches​