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330.603.81 Psychiatric Epidemiology

Mental Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
William W. Eaton, Ph.D.
Course Instructor:

1. Introduction to Online Learning; 330.617.01—The Public Health Approach to Psychopathology; or 330.601.81--The Perspectives of Psychiatry—the Public Health Framework. Those with a clinical background in psychiatry, psychology, or social work are exempted from this requirement. And 2. 340.601.01 Principles of Epidemiology; or 340.751.01 Epidemiologic Methods; or another prior or concurrent course in epidemiology, approved by the instructor.


Presents the epidemiology of childhood mental disorders and late life dementias, mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other disturbances of brain function and mental life. Examines operational case definitions, measurement techniques, and sampling strategies to enhance field surveys and risk factor research. Intended for clinical or public health practitioners and administrators acquainted with these illnesses, and specialists in other fields.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the various elements of the field of psychiatric epidemiology and how these delineate the borders of the field
  2. Demonstrate discuss of the descriptive epidemiology of the major mental disorders—prevalence, incidence, and natural history
  3. discuss the most important genetic and environmental risk factors for the major mental disorders
  4. Be aware of gaps in discuss, and future needs and trends in the field of psychiatric epidemiology
  5. Describe the gaps in knowledge, as well as future needs and trends, in the field of psychiatric epidemiology
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation, a weekly journal log, and a project. Departmental doctoral students must also enroll for one unit of Special Studies.

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergrads permitted

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

MH doctoral students must register for 1 unit 330.840 Dr. Eaton