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330.603.01 PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY

Department: Mental Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
Description:

Presents the epidemiology of childhood mental disorders and late life dementias, mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other disturbances of brain function and mental life. Examines operational case definitions, measurement techniques, and sampling strategies to enhance field surveys and risk factor research. Intended for clinical or public health practitioners and administrators acquainted with these illnesses, and specialists in other fields.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Define methodological and conceptual issues that are especially important for psychiatric epidemiology as distinct from other substantive areas of epidemiology
Define methodological and conceptual issues that are especially important for psychiatric epidemiology as distinct from other substantive areas of epidemiology
Demonstrate discuss of the descriptive epidemiology of the major mental disorders: prevalence, incidence, and natural history
Discuss the most important genetic and environmental risk factors for the major mental disorders
Describe the gaps in knowledge, as well as future needs and trends, in the field of psychiatric epidemiology

Methods of Assessment: Class participation and exam. Departmental doctoral students must also enroll for one credit of Special Studies.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: No undergraduates
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

330.617.01—The Public Health Approach to Psychopathology; or 330.601.81--The Perspectives of Psychiatry—the Public Health Framework. Those with a clinical background in psychiatry, psychology, or social work are exempted from this requirement. And 340.601.01 Principles of Epidemiology; or 340.751.01 Epidemiologic Methods; or another prior or concurrent course in epidemiology, approved by the instructor.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: