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330.607.81 Prevention of Mental Disorders: Public Health Interventions

Mental Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Nicholas Ialongo
Course Instructors:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Introduces the basic principles and methods that guide research on the prevention of and early intervention with mental disorders and drug abuse. Includes public health interventions that operate at multiple ecological levels, including the community (e.g., mobilization, media), school (e.g., changes in classroom management and organization), family (e.g., parent training strategies), and individual (e.g., social competence strategies). Focuses on specific topics in prevention and intervention trial design, community and institutional base building, intervention theory and monitoring, and data analysis techniques and findings. Examines population-based epidemiologic and other methodological approaches from a life-course developmental perspective

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. describe a public health approach to the prevention and control of mental disorders and substance abuse
  2. apply concepts learned to the development and evaluation of preventive interventions for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities
  3. utilize conceptual models for the development, implementation, and evaluation of intervention strategies aimed at the prevention or control of mental disorders or substance use
Methods of Assessment:

Based on a mid-term short essay exam and an end of term prevention intervention research proposal.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduates.

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