Courses Taught by Briana Mezuk

EPID591: Social Epidemiology: From Frameworks to Policy

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) term for online MPH students; Spring term(s) term for online MS students.
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students for residential students; 3 Credit Hour(s) for online MS students
  • Instructor(s):
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Why are some groups healthier than others, and how do these differences emerge and persist over the life course? How do social policies (e.g., housing, transportation, employment) relate to health and health inequalities? Why are there health disparities even in countries that have free universal health care? This course will address conceptual models for understanding health disparities in the US and internationally, how population science identifies the main sources of these disparities, and how public health can inform policy efforts to address these disparities.
  • Learning Objectives: See competencies below.
Concentration Competencies that EPID591 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Recommend evidence-based interventions that engage broad and diverse community stakeholders for population health improvement PUBHLTH515, EPID591, NUTR597, PUBHLTH511

EPID679: Epidemiology of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Mezuk, Briana (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: EPID602
  • Description: Introduces the epidemiology of psychiatric and substance use disorders. Addresses conceptual and methodological considerations in psychiatric research, descriptive and analytic epidemiology of common psychiatric and substance use disorders, and issues of classification and measurement for epidemiologic research. Students analyze epidemiologic data pertaining to psychiatric and substance use disorders.
  • Learning Objectives: Upon completing this course students will be able to: -Describe the epidemiology of the major psychiatric and substance use disorders of childhood, adulthood, and late adulthood -Understand epidemiologic methods used to assess psychiatric and substance use disorders in the community -Demonstrate the ability to critically assess epidemiologic data and scientific articles pertaining to psychiatric and substance use disorders -Demonstrate ability to obtain and analyze various epidemiologic data sources with information pertaining to psychiatric and substance use disorders -Prepare a scientific paper pertaining to epidemiology of psychiatric or substance use disorders -Improve public communication skills through class presentations and discussions

PUBHLTH414: Population Approaches to Mental Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Mezuk, Briana Mezuk, Briana (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: A grade of B or better in an introductory course in psychology/sociology and in an introductory quantitative science course (statistics, mathematics, physics, etc.).
  • Description: Overview of population mental health in the US context. Case-examples (autism, depression, substance use, etc.) will be used to illustrate social patterning, issues of nosology and measurement, and mental health treatment/services. Students will consider how social stigma impacts assessment and services for mental health conditions through readings the course project.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Become familiar with data and surveillance systems for population mental health in the US 2. Understand the role of social, biological, and environmental determinants of mental health 3. Discuss the role of social stigma in the assessment and treatment of mental disorders 4. Interact with various stakeholders in public mental health systems
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH414