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First-Ever Comprehensive Volume on Public Mental Health Published

January 2, 2013

mental healthPublic Mental Health, recently published with authors and co-authors from the Bloomberg School, is the first comprehensive effort to present mental and behavioral disorders from a public health perspective. Edited by William Eaton, PhD, and faculty, students and fellows of the Department of Mental Health, in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the volume explores numerous mental disorders and provides detailed research of descriptive epidemiology, risk mechanisms and the relevant service systems and prevention options.

A review of the book published in the latest issue of the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare described Public Mental Health as the “first comprehensive effort” to examine mental health from a public health perspective and notes that “The authors’ discussions, spanning issues from genetics and the brain to world mental health systems, is evidence-based and sophisticated, inclusive of research well beyond the United States, and sensitive to uncertainties and gaps in our knowledge. The authors deserve our appreciation for a masterful volume, which will do much to advance understanding of mental health as an essential public health challenge.”

In all, the collection includes the work of 48 researchers from the Department of Mental Health providing material for mental health researchers, practitioners and social workers alike.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the world with an academic department devoted to the study of mental illness and disability. The Department of Mental Health offers educational programs that lead to the doctor of philosophy (PhD) and master of health science (MHS) degrees, as well as postdoctoral certificates. The School also offers other educational programs such as the Certificate Program in Mental Health Research and a special Summer Institute in Mental Health Research.

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