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The Intersection of Mental and Physical Health

4th term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Joseph Gallo

Addresses the epidemiology, consequences, measurement, and implications for health service delivery of co-morbidity of mental and physical disorders. Employs a conceptual framework that emphasizes the potential psychological, behavioral, social, and biological mechanisms through which mental and medical illness interact to cause disability and death. Includes implications for development of new service delivery models that integrate the care of mental health disorders into the care of medical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Interacts with investigators and clinicians in lecture format, examine case studies, and generate a paper related to a medical-psychiatric co-morbidity of their choosing.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the descriptive epidemiology of the major mental disorders and co-occurring medical conditions: a) name the most commonly occurring co-morbid physical and mental disorders, b) name three risk factors for mental disorders among pe
  2. Identify how mental health and illness interact with physical health and illness to affect health outcomes such as function, quality of life, and mortality: a) discuss the social, behavioral, psychological, and biological pathways through which mental he
  3. Describe the impact of medical and mental illness co-morbidity on the use and organization of health services: a) discuss the evidence on medical co-morbidity and mental illness are managed in primary health care and in specialty psychiatric and non-psyc
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Discussion
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 30% Final Paper
  • 10% Final Presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergrads

Instructor Consent:

No consent required