GAPS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH: A SYSTEMS APPROACH Syllabus

330.628.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Deborah Agus
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Define the components of a comprehensive and effective community mental health system
    • Analyze the governance structure of a system
    • Define and analyze the issues facing delivery of mental health services to a variety of vulnerable populations
    • Analyze a problem and the ramifications of various solutions
    • Design a model utilizing the concepts learned that effectively incorporates the most appropriate financing and service delivery approach to achieve values and goals and best address the specific issues identified
  • Course Description
    Acquaints students with mental health systems and the development of a comprehensive approach to the delivery of services to a variety of vulnerable populations living in difficult conditions in the community. Topics include a survey of the variety of current mental health services and evidence-based approaches, the impact on services of governance, organization and financing of services including a primer on Medicaid and Medicare, the link between poverty and mental health and the use of jails as mental asylums, the development of a competent workforce and an introduction to international community mental health issues. Features discussion and problem solving and involves a high degree of interaction between the participants as well as several field trips.
  • Intended Audience
    Doctoral, masters, and HHH fellows.
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on class participation and a final exam or final paper.
  • Prerequisites
    None required but 330.603.01 is recommended.
  • Course Schedule

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

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    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.

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