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330.664.01 Introduction to Mental Health Services

Mental Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Dr. Ramin Mojtabai
Course Instructor:

Examines the level of met and unmet need for mental health care and extent and predictors of mental health treatment-seeking in community settings. Addresses the issues of disparities in access to, and the use of, mental health services; mental illness stigma and attitudes towards mental health treatment seeking; the impact of public campaigns to reduce stigma and enhance treatment seeking; the impact of new pharmaceutical marketing strategies on demand for mental health care and national trends in mental health service use. Also introduces students to trends in service delivery system in the US, acquaints them with the structure, staffing and financing of mental health services in this country and briefly introduces the mental health care system in two other industrialized countries as a comparison. Discusses substance abuse treatment services and mental health services for special populations as well as other topics.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify factors that enhance or act as barriers to mental health treatment seeking
  2. Describe recent trends in mental health service use in the U.S.
  3. Analyze the potential public health impact of recent trends in the use of mental health services
  4. Evaluate the major national and international public mental health campaigns
  5. Compare the structure of mental health services in the U.S. and two other industrialized countries
Methods of Assessment:

class participation/a midterm in-class examination/a final paper/a final in-class examination.

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduate students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required