ASEAN Institute for Health Development develops international programs for Addiction Science

Mahidol University, Salaya – The ASEAN Institute for Health Development (AIHD), Mahidol University organized an online conference on April 24, 2020, to discuss the establishment of an international programs for Addiction Science to be offered at AIHD

Assistant Professor Dr. Phudit Tejativaddhana, Director of AIHD, welcomed the participants of the online conference and expressed his gratitude to them for gracing the conference with their presence – online.

Adjunct Prof. Dr. Porntep Siriwanarangsun, President of the Preventive Medicine Association of Thailand, chaired the said online of the meeting.

Online attendees of the meeting were Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nantawat Sitdhiraksa, Deputy Director for Academic Affairs of AIHD and Executives from the Faculty of Graduate Studies of Mahidol University – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bunyarit Panyapinyopol, Deputy Dean for Administration and Special Missions, Asst. Prof. Dr. Somchai Trakarnrung, Deputy Dean for Educational Management, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Suthep Wiyakrutta, Deputy Dean for Educational Innovation.

Also present online and participated in the brainstorming session for the curriculum development of the Addiction Science program, were executives and experts from Department of Medical Services, Department of the Mental Health, Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, and from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board.

Furthermore, representatives from the Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Public Health expressed their pleasure in contributing to the development of the Addiction Science curriculum.

The meeting aimed to develop and establish an international program in Addiction Science covered 5 main areas: 1) policy, strategy, and management 2) suppression and termination of drug problems 3) promotion of the drug abuse prevention 4) treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, and 5) exploring medical and economic benefits of drugs.

The new program being developed is an update of the Master of Arts Program in Addiction Studies, which was offered as an international program but taught in the Thai language.

The new curriculum will be offered as an international program in both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy designed to accommodate students from various fields and in accordance with the requirements of the cooperating agencies of the program.

English is the target medium of instruction to accommodate and cater to the international market and making graduates of the program globally competitive.