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Suicide Prevention: Problem Solving Seminar

3rd Term
Mental Health
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
Suicide is a complex public health problem requiring a coordinated and multifaceted approach.
Explores the history, frameworks, and theories; epidemiology, etiological factors, and mechanisms of suicide as well as national and local suicide data sources; policy and preventive interventions; high-risk populations; common barriers and challenges to implementing and sustaining suicide prevention. Examines systems-level methods for preventing suicide. Considers interprofessional team approaches for developing strategic plans for suicide prevention.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe patterns, trends, and contributors to suicide within the U.S. and globally
  2. Critically assess available programs and policies for addressing suicide in the U.S.
  3. Explain the limitations of surveillance data and national surveys in assessing, monitoring and evaluating policies and programs to prevent suicide
  4. Develop a strategic plan for suicide prevention
  5. Propose an interprofessional approach for addressing the substantial barriers to suicide prevention due to infrastructure, resources, politics, stigma and access to services
  6. Design a systems-level intervention to prevent suicide
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 15% Participation
  • 85% Written Assignment(s)
Enrollment Restriction
DrPH students and Bloomberg fellows in the violence focus area in the MPH program