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.
Course Goals: The goals of this course are: (1) to become familiar with the public health perspective on mental disorders and related behaviors; (2) to understand the ways in which social stigma impacts population mental health and healthcare; and (3) to appreciate the role of various stakeholders (e.g., epidemiologists, healthcare providers, policymakers, and community members) in addressing population mental health.
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