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330.617.01 Psychopathology for Public Health


Mental Health
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
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 Instructor s:

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 best-practice non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches to the treatment of disorders, and 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 history, structure, and limitations of current systems for classification of mental disorders, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), and alternative approaches.
  2. Describe the presentations and key features of major psychiatric syndromes, including anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia, and others.
  3. Describe current etiological perspectives for major mental disorders.
  4. Identify best-practice non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches to the treatment of disorders.
  5. Identify appropriate measures for the assessment of particular disorders in public mental health research.
Methods of Assessment:

Grades are determined by two assignments (each is 30% of the final grade); one cumulative final exam (30% of the final grade); and class attendance/participation (10%).

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required for undergraduate students.

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