The following are the course requirements for the PhD program in the Department of Mental Health.
Biostatistics (usually taken in first year):
- 140.621 Statistical Methods in Public Health (4 credits – first term)
- 140.622 Statistical Methods in Public Health II (4 credits – second term)
- 140.623 Statistical Methods in Public Health III (4 credits – third term)
- 140.624 Statistical Methods in Public Health IV (4 credits – fourt term)
Students can substitute the Biostatistics series 140.651-654 for the 140.621-624 series.
Epidemiology (usually taken in first year):
- 330.751 Epidemiologic Methods I (5 credits – first term)
- 340.752 Epidemiologic Methods 2 (5 credits – second term)
- 340.753 Epidemiologic Methods 3 (5 credits – third term)
Students whose focus will not be on Epidemiology, can request to take 330.601 Principles of Epidemiology first term and 340.608 Observational Epidemiology second term plus one additional Epidemiology class with permission from their advisor.
Courses usually taken first year:
- 330.840 Special Studies and Research Mental Health (DMH Seminar) with student advisor’s name listed (1 credit - all terms)
- 330.617 The Public Health Approach to Psychopathology (3 credits – first term)
- Note: Students who have taken and passed the course 330.601 Perspectives of Psychiatry course are not required to take The Public Health Approach to Psychopathology.
- 330.603 Psychiatric Epidemiology (3 credits – second term)
- Note: For Department of Mental Health doctoral students, a research paper is required entailing one additional course credit. 330.840 listing Dr. Eaton as the mentor
- 330.661 Social, Psychological and Developmental Processes in the Etiology of Mental and Behavioral Disorders (3 credits – third term)
- 330.607 Prevention and Control of Mental Disorders: Public Health Interventions (3 credits - fourth term)
Courses usually taken second year:
- 330.657 Statistics for Psychosocial Research: Measurement (4 credits – first term)
- 330.660 Seminar on Methods in Public Mental Health Research (3 credits – second term)
- 330.611 Manuscript Writing for Mental Health Research (second year and beyond only – second term)
Courses to be taken either first or second year:
- 330.602 Epidemiology of Drug Dependence (3 credits – first term)
- 330.612 Introduction to Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (3 credits – third term)
- 330.664 Introduction to Mental Health Services (3 credits - first term)
- 330.623 Brain and Behavior in Mental Health (3 credits – fourth term)
- 550.865 Public Health Perspectives (2 credits)
- Doctoral students are all required to take the online course, Introduction to Online Learning. http://distance.jhsph.edu/core/index.cfm/go/course.home/cid/90/
- Attendance for two terms of Grand Rounds in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is required. This is usually during the second or later year of study. Credit is obtained for attendance by registering for one credit of special studies (330.840) with the advisor of record. The student should also email the Senior Academic Program Coordinator with this information so it can be documented in the file. The schedule for Grand Rounds can be found at: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Psychiatry/for_faculty/calendars.html.
- Ethics Training: 550.860.82 Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH (0 credit – pass/fail) - required of ALL students in first term of registration.
- Ethics - PhD students who receive NIH funding are required to take either 550.600 or 306.665 as part of their ethics requirement.
- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) connotes a broad range of career development topics that goes beyond the more narrowly focused “research ethics” and includes issues such as conflict of interest, authorship responsibilities, research misconduct, animal use and care, and human subjects research. RCR training requirements for JHPSH students are based on two circumstances: their degree program and their source of funding, which may overlap.
- All PhD students are required to take one of two courses in Responsible Conduct of Research, detailed below one time, in any year, during their doctoral studies.
- All students, regardless of degree program, who receive funding from one of the federal grant mechanisms outlined in the NIH notice below, must take one of the two courses listed below to satisfy the 8 in-person hours of training in specific topic areas specified by NIH (e.g., conflict of interest, authorship, research misconduct, human and animal subject ethics, etc).
- The two courses that satisfy either requirement are:
- 550.600 Responsible Conduct of Research [1 credit, Krag]. Once per week, 1st term.
- 306.665 Research Ethics and Integrity [3 credits, Kass]. Twice per week, 3rd term.
Doctoral students are required to attend Grand Rounds in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, during two quarters of their study. Usually this is the second or later year of study. Credit is obtained for attendance via a one course credit per term of Special Studies and Research, with the advisor as the instructor of record.
Doctoral students may substitute the Biostatistics 140.651-654 series for the 140.621-624.
All doctoral students are required to meet NIH requirements for completion of an instructional program in the responsible conduct of research.
All doctoral students are required to take course 550.865 (Public Health Perspectives on Doctoral Research). This course is waived for doctoral students who have earned a MPH within the last 10 years.