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330.617.01 The Public Health Approach to Psychopathology

Mental Health
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Adam Spira
Course Instructors:

Examines the major mental disorders, emphasizing the current thinking regarding their essential features and their assessment in public health research. Class sessions include lectures by the instructor and by experts in particular disorders. Reviews commonly-utilized measures in public health and clinical contexts, including self- and informant-report measures, clinician-administered scales, and structured interviews.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the organizational scheme of the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as well as its limitations, and alternative perspectives
  2. Describe the presentations and key features of major psychiatric syndromes, including anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia, substance use disorders and others
  3. Identify the type and degree of disability associated with particular mental disorders
  4. Describe and enumerate the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of assessing and classifying psychiatric syndromes
  5. Identify appropriate measures for the assessment of particular disorders in public mental health research
Methods of Assessment:

Grades will be based on four quizzes, a final exam, and class participation.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required for undergraduate students.

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