INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Syllabus

330.664.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Ramin Mojtabai
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Identify factors that enhance or act as barriers to mental health treatment seeking
    • Describe recent trends in mental health service use in the US
    • Analyze the potential public health impact of recent trends in the use of mental health services
    • Evaluate the major national and international public mental health campaigns
    • Compare the structure of mental health services in the US and and 2 other industrialized countries
  • Course Description
    Examines the level of met and unmet need for mental health care and extent and predictors of mental health treatment-seeking in community settings. Addresses the issues of disparities in access to, and the use of, mental health services; mental illness stigma and attitudes towards mental health treatment seeking; the impact of public campaigns to reduce stigma and enhance treatment seeking; the impact of new pharmaceutical marketing strategies on demand for mental health care and national trends in mental health service use. Also introduces students to trends in service delivery system in the US, acquaints them with the structure, staffing and financing of mental health services in this country and briefly introduces the mental health care system in two other industrialized countries as a comparison. Discusses substance abuse treatment services and mental health services for special populations as well as other topics.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Examines the level of met and unmet need for mental health care and extent and predictors of mental health treatment-seeking in community settings. Also addresses the issues of disparities in access to, and the use of, mental health services; mental illness stigma and attitudes towards mental health treatment seeking; the impact of public campaigns to reduce stigma and enhance treatment seeking; the impact of new pharmaceutical marketing strategies on demand for mental health care and national and international trends in mental health service use. The course also introduces the students to trends in service delivery system in the US, acquaints students with the structure, staffing and financing of mental health services in this country and briefly introduces the mental health care system in two other industrialized countries as a comparison. Substance abuse treatment services and mental health services for special populations are among the other topics discussed.

  • Intended Audience
    Graduate students in the Department of Mental Health, Health Policy and Management, and Health Behavior and Society
  • Methods of Assessment
    class participation/a midterm in-class examination/a final paper/a final in-class examination.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    2010-2011 Update:  Grading for the course will be based on three short, written assignments on readings, active participation in class discussions, one final paper, and one final exam.  There will be no midterm exam.

  • Course Schedule

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

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