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Mental Health

Psychiatric Epidemiology Training (PET) Program

The Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program is motivated by the fact that mental disorders are among the leading causes of disability in the world, and improved strategies to reduce their burden are neededThe goal of the training program is to produce the next generation of psychiatric epidemiologists who can address this need by conducting research that will advance our understanding of the causes and consequences of mental disorders; developing, implementing, and evaluating rationally designed interventions to prevent and control these disorders; and critically examining mental health services and systems of care to improve mental health outcomes. This is achieved through a rigorous program of coursework, research apprenticeships, and integrative activities that provide trainees with a solid foundation in the core proficiencies of psychiatric epidemiology while giving them the opportunity to pursue specialized training in one of four Domains of Expertise that build on strengths within the Department of Mental Health and around the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health and Medicine and are recognized as high priority. The four Domains of Expertise include:

  1. Genetic and Environmental Etiology of Mental Disorders
  2. Mental Health Services and Outcomes
  3. Mental Health and Aging
  4. Global Mental Health

The program includes 4 pre-doctoral students and 2 post-doctoral fellows who are supported by an experienced group of 21 Core Faculty and 23 Affiliate Faculty with expertise in one or more of the identified domains. Postdoctoral fellows take some courses in epidemiology and biostatistics, depending on background and experience, and engage in original research under the supervision of a faculty member. Pre-doctoral trainees take one and half years of courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and mental health, before completing qualifying examinations and a research dissertation. The trainees are prepared upon completion to assume leadership positions in academia carrying out mental health research typically on faculty in Schools of Public Health or Medicine; in government formulating research priorities and mental health policy at the local, state, national, and international levels; in private industry conducting applied research for pharmaceutical or other mental health care delivery companies; and in non-profit mental health agencies or non-governmental organizations advocating for those with mental disorders.

People in the PET Program:

For more information, please contact:

Peter P. Zandi, PET Program Director:
Patty Scott, Academic Coordinator:

The PET program is funded with a training grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.