330.620.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Judy Bass
  • Course Learning Objectives

    • Describe prevalent mental health problems in developing countries and discuss the issues unique to understanding mental health in these contexts.
    • Illustrate ways that culture can affect mental health conceptualization, identification and assessment.
    • Define and compare methods of cross-cultural assessment of mental health problems.
    • Recognize issues and challenges inherent in adapting strategies for prevention programming, intervention development and dissemination in developing countries.
  • Course Description
    Introduces mental health as an integral part of global health research, including conducting needs assessments and intervention monitoring and evaluation. Presents and critiques strategies for integrating local cultural perspectives into research models. Examines methods of adapting psychiatric assessment tools for use cross-culturally and presents challenges for developing interventions for use in low-resource contexts. Encourages use of critical and creative thinking skills throughout to discuss the issues involved in this relatively new area of study.
  • Intended Audience
    Masters and Doctoral students interested in cross-cultural mental health issues and mental health in the developing world.
  • Methods of Assessment
    class participation, short research proposal, brief final presentation
  • Prerequisites
    340.601.01 PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY or 340.751.01 EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS 1 or permission of instructor
  • Course Schedule

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

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  • Late Submission/Make-up Policy

    In the name of fairness to everyone in the class, late papers will be penalized by 2 points per day that they are late.

    All papers have to be submitted through CoursePlus (click on the “Course Materials and Resources” tab, under which you will find the “Assignment Drop Boxes”), and the site will register the time at which the paper is submitted.

    Late submissions are automatically marked in red.

  • Attendance Policy

    As this is a participatory class, participation in class discussion is counted as part of the grade, and participation requires class attendance.  All students are allowed one unexcused absense.  Any additional unexcused absenses will result in penalization of 2 points towards the participation points.  An unexcused absense is when a student has not contacted the instructor prior to the class with an explanation for the request of an excused absense.  An excused absense will not be provided retroactively.

  • Course Format

    The course will include didactic lectures followed by active participation for students.  Each week different students will be asked to generate a discussion question from one of the week's readings. The final class will be devoted to student presentations on their paper proposal.

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