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Public Mental Health

East Baltimore
1st term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Dani Fallin



Mental and behavioral health affect all aspects of health and wellness. 1 in 4 adults in the US suffer from a behavioral disorder in a given year, and brain and behavior disorders represent 4 of the top 10 causes of disability in the developed world. In developing countries, only respiratory infections and AIDS rank higher than depression as sources of disability. Further, problems of physical health can be exacerbated by poor mental health. Anyone interested in public health will benefit from increased training and attention to mental and behavioral health as critical aspects of public health.

Provides an overview and framework for the full spectrum of public mental health. Presents key concepts in public health applied to mental and behavioral health and disorders. Discusses the causes and consequences of mental health disorders, the frameworks for understanding the origins of these disorders, strategies for treatment and prevention, and issues related to health services and policy for mental and behavioral health.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Develop their own definition of public mental health
  2. Articulate key questions addressed in the study of public mental health
  3. Map the central perspectives of public mental health across departmental curriculum
  4. Create a plan for integrating key concepts into their public health training
Methods of Assessment:

40% Participation in group discussion and presentations; 30% Preparation of individualized training plan or essay; 30% course proposal project

Instructor Consent:

No consent required