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Suicide Prevention: Problem Solving Seminar

3rd term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Holly Wilcox

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 multifaceted 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% Participation
  • 85% Written Assignment(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

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

Instructor Consent:

No consent required