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Neuroimaging: Methods and Applications in Mental and Behavioral Health


East Baltimore
2nd term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Arnold Bakker



Designed for public health students and professionals, this course explores the advancement of neuroimaging from a difficult to implement and expensive research method to a ubiquitous clinical and research tool that can now be reasonably implemented in large-scale population based studies.

Provides an introduction to neuroimaging methods, relevance and possible implementations of these methods and background to critically evaluate neuroimaging applications in mental and behavioral health research. Introduces basic principles of neuroimaging as applied to human subjects research and specifically public health research. Reviews various imaging applications in the context of their specific methods, source of signal, goals and limitations, and research design and statistics and relevance to mental and behavioral health. Encourages critical evaluation of neuroimaging methods in public mental and behavioral health through review of published studies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the underlying principles of neuroimaging physics and image formation
  2. Identify key technical aspects of imaging research
  3. Describe the specific methods, source of the signal, goals and limitations and research design issues for functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, perfusion imaging and positron emission tomography applications
  4. Evaluate possible uses of each imaging method to mental and behavioral health research
  5. Critically evaluate research methods using neuroimaging applications in published literature
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Assignments
  • 15% Quizzes
  • 50% Final Exam
  • 5% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required