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Autism Spectrum Disorder in Public Health


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Dani Fallin



Since the number of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased dramatically over the past two decades and is now a major public health issue, students learn about the state of the science of autism epidemiological and etiological research, and the emerging questions for Public Health. Students also learn about prescriptive epidemiology, genetics, environmental risk factors, and prognosis of ASD, as well as long-term outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. State the history of autism diagnostic criteria
  2. Recognize developmental trajectories, prognosis, and outcomes of ASDs
  3. Discuss measurements and assessments of ASD, and evidence supporting competing theories about rising prevalence
  4. Assess existing evidence for demographics and environmental risk factors and be familiar with new research directions
  5. List promising avenues for genetic research while being mindful of remaining challenges
  6. Summarize status and challenges of global public health efforts for ASDs
  7. Identify other areas of public health research and practice that can inform ASD prevention, identification, treatment, and services
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Quizzes
  • 30% Final Project
  • 30% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required