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330.675.81 Suicide Prevention: Problem Solving Seminar

Mental Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Holly Wilcox
Course Instructor :

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Suicide is a complex public health problem requiring a coordinated and comprehensive approach.

Explores the history, frameworks, and theories; epidemiology, etiological factors, and mechanisms of suicide as well as national and local suicide data sources; policy and preventive interventions; high-risk populations; common barriers and challenges to implementing and sustaining suicide prevention. Examines systems-level methods for preventing suicide. Considers interprofessional team approaches for developing strategic plans for suicide prevention.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe patterns, trends, and contributors to suicide within the U.S. and globally
  2. Critically assess available programs and policies for addressing suicide in the U.S.
  3. Explain the limitations of surveillance data and national surveys in assessing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programs to prevent suicide
  4. Develop a strategic plan for suicide prevention
  5. Propose an interprofessional approach for addressing the substantial barriers to suicide prevention due to infrastructure, resources, politics, stigma and access to services
  6. Design a systems-level intervention to prevent suicide
Methods of Assessment:

Participation: 15%, Written assignments: 85%

Enrollment Restriction:

DrPH students and Bloomberg fellows in the violence focus area in the MPH program

Instructor Consent:

No consent required