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330.659.11 Current Issues in Military Mental Health

Department:
Mental Health
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Credits:
1 credit
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Location:
East Baltimore
Dates:
Thu 06/01/2017 - Thu 06/01/2017
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  8:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Pass/Fail
Contact:
Peter Zandi
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only
Resources:
Description:

Explores issues in mental health affecting U.S. military personnel and veterans over more than a decade of war. Presents an overview of the epidemiology of mental disorders and suicide within military populations. Critically reviews existing epidemiological studies and the current military psychiatric epidemiology literature. Introduces military mental health data systems used for surveillance and research. Discusses challenges in prevention and service delivery. Explores the significance of traumatic brain injury. Reviews evolving practices in deployment mental health screening. Addresses controversial topics including the practice of polypsychopharmacy, multiple deployments, recruitment, retention, and separation policies, and the role of the all-volunteer force. Examines current issues in the care of military veterans, including homelessness, suicide, and substance abuse.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe major recent trends in the epidemiology of mental disorders and suicide within the U.S. military,
  2. Evaluate strengths and limitations of military mental health data used for surveillance and research,
  3. Explain the role of military exposures in the etiology of certain mental disorders,
  4. Identify current challenges in mental health prevention and service delivery among military personnel and veterans,
Methods of Assessment:

80% Quizzes (2); 20% student participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required