The University of Queensland

Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies - Health and Behavioural Sciences

The University of Queensland

Course details

Level of study: Postgraduate


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.

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.

Career possibilities

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

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Course opportunities

Start date: 26 July 2021
29 November 2021
Duration: 1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
Study mode: Self study / online (with attendance)

Herston Campus

Herston Queensland 4006

Entry criteria

An approved degree; or

A post-secondary qualification and a minimum of 2 years full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a healthcare or public health setting, as approved by the Executive Dean.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
Biomedical Sciences
Dentistry, Oral Health
Development Studies
Environmental Health
Exercise and Sport Science
Food Science
Health Economics
Health Management
Medicine, Medical sciences
Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational Therapy
Public Health or Health Sciences
Speech Therapy
Veterinary Sciences

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19. TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5. Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands. BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills. CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands. OET is not accepted.


The University of Queensland
St Lucia Campus
Brisbane Queensland 4072