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Epidemiology of Major Mental Disorders

Course Status

Summer Institute
Mental Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Start Date
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 14, 2024
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only

330.617.60 or 330.617.81 or a clinical background in psychiatry, psychology, or social work, or equivalent introductory background in epidemiology.
340.601.01 or 340.601.11 or 340.601.93 or 340.601.94 or 340.751.01 or another prior or concurrent course in epidemiology approved by the instructor.
This course is a subset of Psychiatric Epidemiology (330.603), and students who have taken 330.603 are restricted from taking this class. Undergraduates not admitted.

Presents an overview of the epidemiology of anxiety and mood disorders, schizophrenia and associated syndromes, affective psychosis including bipolar disorder, and dementia and related syndromes. Prepares students who have basic knowledge of the clinical features of the syndromes, but touches briefly on issues of assessment in the context of epidemiology. Includes the fundamentals of descriptive epidemiology for each syndrome (prevalence, incidence, natural history); consequences of the syndromes for impairment, disability, and general health; and an assessment of risk factors for the syndromes, including a discussion of the genetic epidemiology of the syndromes. Examines the special conceptual challenges for the field of epidemiology which are presented by the mental disorders.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define methodological and conceptual issues that are especially important for psychiatric epidemiology as distinct from other substantive areas of epidemiology
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the descriptive epidemiology of five major categories of mental disorders—anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dementia; identify gaps in literature; and be able to synthesize diverse research literature on these disorders.
  3. Discuss, analyze and present to others the most important genetic and environmental risk factors for the five major categories of major mental disorders
  4. Describe gaps in knowledge, and future needs and trends in the field of psychiatric epidemiology
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Participation
  • 60% Final Exam
Enrollment Restriction
Students who have taken 330.603 are restricted from taking this class. No Undergrads.
Special Comments

Response to questions from both live talks are due June 14; final essay exam is due on June 30, 2024. assignments. The final project will be due on June 30, 2024. Students are required to have completed the required Introduction to Online Learning module before they can begin the class.