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Current Issues in Military Mental Health

Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Wed 06/08/2022 - Thu 06/09/2022
Class Times:
  • W Th,  8:30am - 12:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
  • Remington Nevin
Remington Nevin
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Explores issues in mental health affecting U.S. military personnel and veterans over nearly two decades of war. Presents an overview of the epidemiology of mental disorders and suicide within military populations. Critically reviews existing epidemiological studies and the current military psychiatric epidemiology literature. Introduces military mental health data systems used for surveillance and research. Discusses challenges in prevention and service delivery. Explores the significance of traumatic brain injury. Reviews evolving practices in deployment mental health screening. Addresses controversial topics including the practice of polypsychopharmacy, multiple deployments, recruitment, retention, and separation policies, and the role of the all-volunteer force. Examines current issues in the care of military veterans, including homelessness, suicide, substance abuse, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe major recent trends in the epidemiology of mental disorders and suicide within the U.S. military,
  2. Evaluate strengths and limitations of military mental health data used for surveillance and research,
  3. Explain the role of military exposures in the etiology of certain mental disorders,
  4. Identify current challenges in mental health prevention and service delivery among military personnel and veterans,
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 80% Quizzes
  • 20% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required