Psychiatric Epidemiology reviews descriptive and analytic
epidemiology for major mental disorders of childhood, adulthood, and
late adult life. The course will also examine issues of classification
and the nosology of psychiatric disorders as well as operational case
definitions and the measurement techniques to enhance field surveys and
risk factor research.
By the end of the course, the student will be able to do the following:
- Define the various elements of the field of psychiatric epidemiology.
- Define methodological and conceptual issues that are
especially important for psychiatric epidemiology as distinct from
- Demonstrate an understanding of research findings in the descriptive and analytic epidemiology of the major mental disorders.
To make the most of these course materials, you will need to
have taken a prior (or concurrent) course in epidemiology/biostatistics.
Intended AudiencePsychiatric Epidemiology is designed for students,
epidemiologists, public health professionals, and researchers interested
in mental health and mental disorders (as studied from the public
health approach). The course builds upon knowledge of the principles and
methods of epidemiology, as might be obtained in an introductory course
(for example, Epidemiology 601 at the Bloomberg School of Public
Health, or the equivalent), or found in an introductory textbook in
epidemiology, such as Lilienfeld and Stolley, Foundations of
Epidemiology, or Gordis, Epidemiology).
1: Special Issues in Psychiatric Epidemiology
2: Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Module 3: Disorders Over the Course of Life
William Eaton, Psychiatric Epidemiology. JHSPH OpenCouseWare, http://ocw.jhsph.edu. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA