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Department: Mental Health
Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Dani Fallin
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:

Since the number of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased dramatically over the past two decades and is now a major public health issue, students learn about the state of the science of autism epidemiological and etiological research, and the emerging questions for Public Health. Students also learn about prescriptive epidemiology, genetics, environmental risk factors, and prognosis of ASD, as well as long-term outcomes.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
State the history of autism diagnostic criteria
Recognize developmental trajectories, prognosis, and outcomes of ASDs
Discuss measurements and assessments of ASD, and evidence supporting competing theories about rising prevalence
Assess existing evidence for demographics and environmental risk factors and be familiar with new research directions
List promising avenues for genetic research while being mindful of remaining challenges
Summarize status and challenges of global public health efforts for ASDs
Identify other areas of public health research and practice that can inform ASD prevention, identification, treatment, and services

Methods of Assessment: 80% participation; 20% short – answer quiz
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/16/2014 - Tue 06/17/2014
  • Monday 8:30 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Instructor Consent: No consent required


Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail