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330.674.81 Suicide As a Public Health Problem


Mental Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:

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


Introduces students to the following content areas with regard to suicide: history and theories; epidemiology; etiological factors and mechanisms; clinical phenomenology and comorbid disorders; assessment of suicidal behaviors; special populations; preventive and treatment interventions; ethical issues on the conduct of research on suicidal populations.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define and discuss suicide and suicidal behaviors from a public health framework
  2. Describe the epidemiology, etiology, mechanisms, and interventions for attempted and completed suicide
  3. Identify the essential clinical, social and ethical issues in the conduct of suicide research
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on class participation and a final 10 page paper on a public health aspect of suicide research.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required