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330.674.01 Suicide As a Public Health Problem

Mental Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Holly Wilcox
Course Instructors:

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, and preventive interventions.

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 will be based on the critical appraisal of published papers (20%), a quiz (30%), a group suicide prevention project (40%), and class participation (10%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required