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Introduction to Mental Health Services

East Baltimore
1st term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ramin Mojtabai

There are no formal prerequisites but prior coursework in abnormal psychology or psychiatric epidemiology is recommended as is familiarity with psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.


Examines issues in mental health care utilization, including definition of need for mental health care, concerns about the treatment gap in the community, treatment seeking and barriers to care (most importantly stigma and financial barriers) and treatment seeking models and predictors of mental health treatment-seeking in community settings. Introduces students to the study of delivery of mental health care, including historical trends in the delivery of mental health care in the US, the mental health care system’s governance and financing, quality and outcomes of mental health care and mental health services for children and older adults and treatment services for substance disorders.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss approaches to definition and measurement unmet need for mental health care and barriers to care including stigma and financial barriers
  2. Discuss treatment seeking behavior and theoretical models of health service utilization
  3. Describe historical trends in utilization and delivery of mental health services including psychiatric medications and services for treatment of substance disorders
  4. Discuss financing and organization of mental health care system in the US
  5. Discuss issues of quality and outcome of mental health care and evidence-based practice
  6. Identify salient features of mental health service use and delivery for children and older adults
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 30% Midterm
  • 30% Final Exam
  • 30% Final Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduate students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This is the virtual/online version of a course also held onsite. You are responsible for the modality in which you are registering.