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330.674.01 Suicide As a Public Health Problem

Department:
Mental Health
Term:
3rd term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Holly Wilcox
Course Instructor s:
Resources:
Description:

Suicide is a major public health problem as over 40,000 people in the Unites States die by suicide each year (over 1 million worldwide). This course will introduce students to various content areas with regard to suicide.

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; preventive and treatment 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, 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Final Paper
  • 40% Group Presentation
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 10% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Recommended reports to read: National Strategy for Suicide Prevention 2012: Goals and Objectives for Action: A Report of the US Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: Research Prioritization Task Force. (2014) A prioritized research agenda for suicide prevention: An action plan to save lives. Rockville, MD: National Institute of Mental Health and the Research Prioritization Task Force. Who Health Organization: Preventing Suicide - A global imperative. Geneva: 2014