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Department: Mental Health
Term: 1st term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Adam Spira
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:

Examines the major mental disorders, emphasizing the current thinking regarding their essential features and their assessment in public health research. Class sessions include lectures by the instructor and by experts in particular disorders. Reviews best-practice non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches to the treatment of disorders, and commonly-utilized measures in public health and clinical contexts, including self- and informant-report measures, clinician-administered scales, and structured interviews.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the organizational scheme of the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as well as its limitations, and alternative perspectives
Describe the presentations and key features of major psychiatric syndromes, including anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia, substance use disorders and others
Identify the type and degree of disability associated with particular mental disorders
Describe and enumerate the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of assessing and classifying psychiatric syndromes
Identify appropriate measures for the assessment of particular disorders in public mental health research

Methods of Assessment: Grades will be determined by three assignments (each is 20% of the final grade); one cumulative final exam (30% of the final grade); class participation (10%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Thursday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent is required for undergraduate students.

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