PREVENTION OF MENTAL DISORDERS: PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS Syllabus
Course Learning ObjectivesAfter completing this course, you should be able to: describe a public health approach to the prevention and control of mental disorders and substance abuse; apply concepts learned to the development and evaluation of preventive interventions for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities; The student will develop skill in utilizing conceptual models for the development, implementation, and evaluation of intervention strategies aimed at the prevention or control of mental disorders or substance use.
Introduces the basic principles and methods that guide research on the prevention of and early intervention with mental disorders and drug abuse. Includes public health interventions that operate at multiple ecological levels, including the community (e.g., mobilization, media), school (e.g., changes in classroom management and organization), family (e.g., parent training strategies), and individual (e.g., social competence strategies). Focuses on specific topics in prevention and intervention trial design, community and institutional base building, intervention theory and monitoring, and data analysis techniques and findings. Examines population-based epidemiologic and other methodological approaches from a life-course developmental perspective
Doctoral and masters students.
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Based on a final essay exam and an end of term prevention intervention research proposal.
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
No prerequisites. However, knowledge of basic epidemiologic and developmental principles will be helpful in interpreting the research presented.
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
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