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Epidemiology of Major Mental Disorders

Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Mon 05/30/2022 - Fri 06/17/2022
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Peter Zandi
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

330.617.60 or 330.617.81 or a clinical background in psychiatry, psychology, or social work, or equivalent introductory background in epidemiology. 340.601.01 or 340.601.11 or 340.601.93 or 340.601.94 or 340.751.01 or another prior or concurrent course in epidemiology approved by the instructor. This course is a subset of Psychiatric Epidemiology (330.603), and students who have taken 330.603 are restricted from taking this class. Undergraduates not admitted.


Presents an overview of the epidemiology of anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia and associated syndromes, affective psychosis including bipolar disorder, and dementia and related syndromes. Prepares students who have basic knowledge of the clinical features of the syndromes, but touches briefly on issues of assessment in the context of epidemiology. It includes the fundamentals of descriptive epidemiology for each syndrome (prevalence, incidence, natural history); consequences of the syndromes for impairment, disability, and general health; and an assessment of risk factors for the syndromes, including a discussion of the genetic epidemiology of the syndromes. Examines the special conceptual challenges for the field of epidemiology which are presented by the mental disorders.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define methodological and conceptual issues that are especially important for psychiatric epidemiology as distinct from other substantive areas of epidemiology
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the descriptive epidemiology of five major categories of mental disorders—anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dementia; identify gaps in literature; and be able to synthesize diverse research literature on these disorders.
  3. Discuss, analyze and present to others the most important genetic and environmental risk factors for the five major categories of major mental disorders
  4. Describe gaps in knowledge, and future needs and trends in the field of psychiatric epidemiology
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Participation
  • 60% Final Exam

Enrollment Restriction:

Students who have taken 330.603 are restricted from taking this class. No Undergrads.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Response to questions from both live talks are due June 14; final essay exam is due on June 21, 2021