330.874.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 1 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    Course will prepare the student to be able to do the following: • Identify the current major national mental health policy issues currently confronting the United States. • Construct an analysis of a mental health policy issue from causes to likely solutions and prognoses. • Describe key positions in a mental health policy debate, and strategies and tactics that can be used to move the issue toward a likely solution.
  • Course Description

    Acquaints students with the actual national mental health policy issues currently confronting us and the key frameworks that are used to analyze them. Students choose and prioritize four of these issues for more detailed examination. Students then examine three of these issues in depth, including causes, effects, interactions with other issues, feasible solutions, likely solutions, and prognoses. Finally, students debate and propose feasible solutions for the fourth issue. In this debate, different sets of students take the role of government, the provider community, consumers, family members, and members of the community at large. The debate concludes when a solution is achieved. Students then reflect on the policy process itself.

  • Intended Audience

    Students who intend to pursue careers in mental health.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Students are evaluated on their mastery of mental health policy issues, analytical strategies that can be applied to these issues, and the major points of view that are reflected in related policy debates.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    At least one previous course in the field of mental health or related disciplines

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    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.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.