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330.664.98 Introduction to Mental Health Services

Mental Health
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Barcelona, Spain
Mon 11/26/2012 - Wed 11/28/2012
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  8:30am - 6:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Holzer
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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 Objectives:

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

  1. Identify factors that enhance or act as barriers to mental health treatment seeking
  2. Describe recent trends in mental health service use in the US
  3. Analyze the potential public health impact of recent trends in the use of mental health services
  4. Evaluate the major national and international public mental health campaigns
  5. Compare the structure of mental health services in the US and and 2 other industrialized countries
Methods of Assessment:

class participation and a final paper

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Full-time degree candidate must obtain permission from Judy Holzer in HPM in order to register for this course.

For consent, contact: