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Introduction to Screening for Behavioral Health Conditions

Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Tue 06/15/2021 - Wed 06/16/2021
Class Times:
  • Tu W,  8:30am - 12:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ramin Mojtabai
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

At least one prior introductory course in epidemiology.


Behavioral health screening is increasingly viewed as a key strategy for supporting mental health and well-being across the life course. This course will explore the who, what, when, where, and why of evidence-based screening for a variety of different behavioral and social conditions.

Describes the application of screening to different behavioral health conditions across the life course. Reviews key psychometric properties of screening tools. Introduces the desired diagnostic, treatment, and health-related outcomes of screening. Discusses possible harms and drawbacks of behavioral health screening for different stakeholders. Encourages critical thinking when reading empirical research.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the anticipated outcomes of screening as a preventive intervention to support population-level mental health
  2. Identify possible challenges in the application of screening to different behavioral health conditions
  3. Critique existing guidelines and health policies on the application of behavioral health screening in the United States
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Participation
  • 10% Discussion Board
  • 60% Final Presentation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students are expected to submit a pre-recorded presentation due two weeks after the course has ended.