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Suicide As a Public Health Problem


4th term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:

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


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