330.617.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 1st Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Adam Spira
    Adam Spira
  • 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 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.
  • Intended Audience
    This course is designed for masters- and doctoral-level students with an interest in public mental health.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Grades will be based on four quizzes, a final exam, and class participation.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Rebecca Hock

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