About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for THE PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (330.617.01), a course offered by the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Examines the major mental disorders, emphasizing the current thinking regarding their essential features and their assessment in public health research. Class sessions include lectures by the instructor and by experts in particular disorders. Reviews commonly-utilized measures in public health and clinical contexts, including self- and informant-report measures, clinician-administered scales, and structured interviews.

Course Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the organizational scheme of the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as well as its limitations, and alternative perspectives
  • Describe the presentations and key features of major psychiatric syndromes, including anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia, substance use disorders and others
  • Identify the type and degree of disability associated with particular mental disorders
  • Describe and enumerate the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of assessing and classifying psychiatric syndromes
  • Identify appropriate measures for the assessment of particular disorders in public mental health research

Course Time

Tue Thu   1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

This course is designed for masters- and doctoral-level students with an interest in public mental health.

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Grades will be based on four quizzes, a final exam, and class participation.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Administrative Contact

Adam Spira
E-mail: aspira@jhsph.edu