330.674.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Holly Wilcox
    Diana Clarke
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Define and discuss suicide and suicidal behaviors from a public health framework
    • Describe the epidemiology, etiology, mechanisms, and interventions for attempted and completed suicide
    • Identify the essential clinical, social and ethical issues in the conduct of suicide research
  • Course Description
    Introduces students to the following content areas with regard to suicide: history and theories; epidemiology; etiological factors and mechanisms; clinical phenomenology and comorbid disorders; assessment of suicidal behaviors; special populations; preventive and treatment interventions; ethical issues on the conduct of research on suicidal populations.
  • Intended Audience
    Graduate and undergraduate students, fellows, residents, public health or clinical practitioners and administrators.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation is based on class participation and a final 10 page paper on a public health aspect of suicide research.
  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:


    Readings are offered to help students master the material.  Readings under “Recommended Readings” are highly recommended.  Readings under “Optional Readings” may be read by the student to enrich his/her knowledge of the material, but are not required for mastery.  The recommended text is available in the bookstore or online at .  All other listed articles are available on e-reserve.


    Recommended:  SK Goldsmith, TC Pellmar, AM Kleinman, WE Bunney, Editors, Committee on Pathophysiology & Prevention of Adolescent & Adult Suicide, Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health. Reducing Suicide: A National Imperative 2002.

    Also available online 


  • 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.

  • Welcome Message

    Welcome to the Course!!

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Grace Lee
    Office: Hampton House 810

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at