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Suicide As a Public Health Problem


East Baltimore
3rd term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Ryoko Susukida

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; ethical issues on the conduct of research on suicidal populations.

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:

  • 10% Participation
  • 40% Group Presentation
  • 40% Final Paper
  • 10% Paper outline

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Recommended reports to read: National Strategy for Suicide Prevention 2012: Goals and Objectives for Action: A Report of the US Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: Research Prioritization Task Force. (2014) A prioritized research agenda for suicide prevention: An action plan to save lives. Rockville, MD: National Institute of Mental Health and the Research Prioritization Task Force. Who Health Organization: Preventing Suicide - A global imperative. Geneva: 2014