On Wednesday, April 24, Karen Lukaszewicz, SSgt, USAF presented her MPH Special Project “Substance Abuse and Brain Injury” to Bruce Levin, PhD, Raymond Harbison, PhD and members of the Toxicology program.
A community and family health student, Ms. Lukaszewicz completed her project while deployed. She discussed the mechanism of injury, effects of substances of abuse and appropriate interventions for patients with comorbid substance abuse and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Additionally, she highlighted the similarities and differences in civilian and military populations. The most notable difference is the time course. In the military, TBI precedes substance abuse. The reverse is true in the civilian population.
The USF College of Public Health offers concentrations in toxicology and risk assessment that lead to MPH, MSPH, and PhD degrees. Most recently, the college launched an online graduate certificate in toxicology.