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Psychiatric Epidemiology

East Baltimore
2nd Term
Mental Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
M, W, 1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Heather Volk
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

330.617.01—Psychopathology for Public Health. Those with a clinical background in psychiatry, psychology, or social work are exempted from this requirement.
340.601.01 Principles of Epidemiology; or
340.721.01 Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health; or
340.751.01 Epidemiologic Methods I; or
another prior or concurrent course in epidemiology, approved by the instructor.

Reviews descriptive and analytic epidemiology for major mental disorders. Examines issues of classification and nosology of psychiatric disorders, operational case definitions and measurement techniques, prevalence and incidence rates, natural history, risk factor research and plausible explanations for credible risk factors. Considers aspects of psychiatric epidemiology that illustrate important problems and concepts in epidemiology generally.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the descriptive epidemiology of the major mental disorders—prevalence, incidence, and natural history
  2. Discuss the most important risk factors for the major mental disorders
  3. Discuss gaps in knowledge, and future needs and trends in the field of psychiatric epidemiology
  4. Discuss in detail the most recent scientific knowledge about one or more risk factors for psychiatric disorders
  5. Discuss in detail the most recent scientific knowledge about two distinct psychiatric disorders
  6. Define methodological and conceptual issues for the general field of epidemiology that are especially well-illustrated by the content of psychiatric epidemiology
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 25% Participation
  • 35% Paper(s)
  • 40% Exam(s)
Enrollment Restriction
No undergraduates
Jointly Offered With
Special Comments

This is the in person section of a class that is also offered in a hybrid format. You are responsible for the modality of the class you are registering for.