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Suicide As a Public Health Problem

Barcelona, Spain
2nd term
Mental Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Wed 11/10/2021 - Fri 11/12/2021
Class Times:
  • W Th F,  8:00am - 12:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Judy Holzer
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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, mechanisms, 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

Enrollment Restriction:

interdivisional registration is not permitted for this section.

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

all students must obtain consent from Judy Holzer or Pamela Davis in HPM prior to registering for this course.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 3 days in a compressed format. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of class. Take-home quiz due Dec 3, 2021. Critical appraisal paper due Dec 22, 2021.