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Department: Mental Health
Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify factors that enhance or act as barriers to mental health treatment seeking
Describe recent trends in mental health service use in the US
Analyze the potential public health impact of recent trends in the use of mental health services
Evaluate the major national and international public mental health campaigns
Compare the structure of mental health services in the US and and 2 other industrialized countries

Methods of Assessment: class participation/a midterm in-class examination/a final paper/a final in-class examination.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Enrollment Restriction: No undergraduate students
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail