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 in a number of professional environments.

  • This one-year, part-time program is designed for professionals who work in fields such as alcohol and drug services, social work, nursing, medicine, pharmacy or health.
  • Study two compulsory courses and two elective courses that will introduce you to key concepts about alcohol and other drug use. This includes treatment of alcohol and drug-related problems.
  • Benefit from a program developed in collaboration with Queensland Health that includes a comprehensive range of political, social, economic, and scientific factors that influence alcohol and drug-related policies, services and treatments.
  • Make the most of the flexibility of this online program. Every course is available externally, as self-paced study modules that fit into your existing schedule. Readings and resources are available through the UQ Library website.

This 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.

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Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies is usually undertaken for professional development reasons, such as career specialisation or advancing clinical or counselling practice.

Graduates are typically already employed in the health sector, or related fields, or want to pursue employment with alcohol and drug services, or related government agencies or community organisations.

Graduates work in a diversity of roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including:

  • nursing (including mental health nursing)
  • pharmacy
  • school guidance and counselling
  • social work
  • school nursing
  • medicine
  • community services
  • sporting teams and sporting organisations
  • health promotion and public health
  • alcohol and drug support services
  • not-for-profit and crisis support organisations.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
    Summer Semester (26 Nov, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


To enrol, a person must:

  1. hold an approved degree; or
  2. both:
    • have completed post-secondary study; and
    • have a minimum of 2 years full-time (or equivalent) experience working in a healthcare or public health setting, as approved by the executive dean.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

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