Course: Psychiatric Epidemiology

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Course Description

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.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Define the various elements of the field of psychiatric epidemiology.
  2. Define methodological and conceptual issues that are especially important for psychiatric epidemiology as distinct from epidemiology.
  3. 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.


You can buy the textbook, Textbook in Psychiatric Epidemiology , 2nd ed. (2002) , by Tsuang, M.T., and Tohen, M. , from an online bookseller such as Amazon or through the Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center.

Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center
1830 East Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205, U.S.A.
410-955-0576 (fax)

Indended Audience

Psychiatric 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).

The course does not provide clinical training.

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