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Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

Illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention.

Sessions

Eligible for

Course Certificate
Statement of Accomplishment

Course at a Glance

About the Course

Public Mental Health is the application of the principles of medicine and social science to prevent the occurrence of mental and behavioral disorders and to promote mental health of the population. This course illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention. It is predicted that by 2020 depressive disorder will be the most important cause of disease burden in the entire world!  Every human being suffers from feeling depressed at some point or other, but only about one fifth of the population will experience an episode of depressive disorder over the course of their lives. This course illuminates the public health approach to disease, and the particular complexities of applying this approach to mental disorders, using depression as the exemplar.  

Course Syllabus

  • What is depression and what is depressive disorder?
  • How common is depressive disorder
  • The Global Burden of Depressive Disorder
  • Crosscultural variation in depression and depressive disorder
  • Epidemiologic research to uncover the causes of depression
  • Research on prevention of depression
  • The system of care for psychiatric disorders and depression

Suggested Readings

Public Mental Health edited by William W. Eaton is recommended, but not required.

Course Format

Instruction in this course will consist of a series of video lectures delivered by experts in the field. Each week, students will view lectures, take a quiz, and participate in online discussions. Students will also complete two peer-assessed assignments during the course and perform evaluations of their classmates' submissions.

FAQ

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who earn a sufficient final grade will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Will I get clinical advice in this course?
No. This course deals with principles of public health, which focuses on the health of entire populations, not individual clinical situations.

What other opportunities does the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer in this area?
The Summer Institute in Mental Health Research is a great opportunity to experience an intensive course of study in the field of public mental health. The Institute focuses on methodological and substantive topics in mental health and substance-use research. It is intended for working professionals or students who are interested in developing research expertise in the epidemiology of mental health and substance use disorders, the implementation and evaluation of mental health services and interventions, and/or the methodological issues encountered in mental health research in the population.