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Department: Mental Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Nicholas Ialongo
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

Introduces the basic principles and methods that guide research on the prevention of and early intervention with mental disorders and drug abuse. Includes public health interventions that operate at multiple ecological levels, including the community (e.g., mobilization, media), school (e.g., changes in classroom management and organization), family (e.g., parent training strategies), and individual (e.g., social competence strategies). Focuses on specific topics in prevention and intervention trial design, community and institutional base building, intervention theory and monitoring, and data analysis techniques and findings. Examines population-based epidemiologic and other methodological approaches from a life-course developmental perspective

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
describe a public health approach to the prevention and control of mental disorders and substance abuse
apply concepts learned to the development and evaluation of preventive interventions for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities
utilize conceptual models for the development, implementation, and evaluation of intervention strategies aimed at the prevention or control of mental disorders or substance use

Methods of Assessment: Based on a final essay exam and an end of term prevention intervention research proposal.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tue 03/26/2013 - Tue 05/14/2013
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 5:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Consent required for undergraduates.

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No prerequisites. However, knowledge of basic epidemiologic and developmental principles will be helpful in interpreting the research presented.

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