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Addiction Intervention

Graduate Certificate

The prevalence of psychoactive drugs, like opioid, methamphetamine, and alcohol, is reaching epidemic proportions with drug overdose now the leading cause of accidental death in the US. The result is a growing need for trained non-clinical professionals with sufficient knowledge of these drugs to refer individuals to agencies practicing evidence-based practices. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 23.2 percent employment growth, or roughly 23,800 jobs, for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors between 2016 and 2026. In 2018, the US News & World Report ranked substance abuse related jobs #4 in Best Social Services Jobs.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention is designed to provide professionals in such fields as public health, education, criminal justice, social work, sociology, and psychology with evidence-based practices in prevention and treatment to enhance referral to qualified clinical professionals.  

As a student in this program, you examine scientific research related to addiction prevention, treatment, and co-occurring conditions; integrate motivational interviewing techniques into professional relationships with individuals demonstrating addictive behaviors; develop a referral list of addiction centers and counselors who practice evidence-based practices; and develop a catalog of effective evidence-based therapeutic practices for treating addictive disease. Upon completion of the certificate coursework, Indiana University's School of Public Health, as well as the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA) will award you the Professional Certificate.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention could serve you in such careers as: 

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Behavioral disorder counselor
  • Community health worker
  • State and county personnel
  • School teacher
  • School nurse
  • School administrators
  • School psychologist
  • Therapist
  • Social worker
  • Case manager
  • Corrections officer
  • Health and safety manager

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Addiction Intervention, you must complete 15 credit hours of core addiction intervention courses.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Statement of purpose (500 words or less)
  • Resume
  • TOEFL score (minimum 80) or IELTS score (minimum 7) - international students only 


  • H664Public Health Approaches to Substance Abuse Prevention for Adolescents and Young Adults (Fall) 3 Credits
  • H665Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents and Young Adults in the Context of Public Health (Spring) 3 Credits
  • H667History of Public Health Approaches to Addiction Treatment and Recovery for Adolescents and Young Adults (Fall) 3 Credits
  • H668Motivational Interviewing (Fall – Spring – Summer) 3 Credits
  • H670Introduction to Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders for Public Health Professionals (Summer) 3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $469.02
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1407.06
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $568.36
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1705.08

-Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

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