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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MHS6072
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-02-15
  2. Department: Child and Family Studies
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 583000050
  5. Contact Person: Carol MacKinnon-Lewis
  6. Phone: 8139742075
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MHS
  9. Number: 6072
  10. Full Title: Epidemiology and Prevention in Children’s Mental H
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Epi and Child Mental Health
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Provides introduction to epidemiological research methods in children’s mental health; prepares professionals to critically evaluate research literature and to design studies to better affect children’s mental health. Unrestricted. Nonrepeatable.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: The President’s New Freedom Commission Report (2003) calls for a transformation of the mental health system, which is contingent on translating evidence-based treatments into practice. The research base on the etiology, prevention, and treatment of child
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? There are several universities in the country that offer Psychiatric Epidemiology courses; however, the uniqueness of this course is in its focus on children’s (as opposed to adults or life span) psychiatric disorders within a Systems of Care framework.

    This course may be applicable to the Colleges/Programs of Public Health, Social Work, Psychology, and Education.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor should meet the following requirements: Possess a doctoral degree that is appropriate to the area in which they are teaching; have graduate teaching experience in the mental health field; specifically, Dr. Vander Stoep has taught Psychosocial Epidemiology, Psychosocial Epidemiology Seminar, Research Methodology, and Introduction to Epidemiology, as well as other courses.

    Dr. Vander Stoep’s short curriculum vitae is attached. Her full curriculum vitae is included in the accompanying folder.

  29. Objectives: This course will provide an introduction to epidemiologic research methods for the purpose of understanding, evaluating, and designing studies of the occurrence, etiology, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent mental health problems. Additionally, there will be an examination of recent child psychiatric epidemiological literature. The course will prepare professionals to critically review and evaluate the research literature and to design and use studies to better understand and affect children’s mental health. Recent findings and controversies regarding the occurrence and causes of mental health problems in children and adolescents and the effectiveness of interventions developed to treat and prevent children’s mental health problems will be reviewed.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate an appreciation for the historical development of epidemiological research as applied to children’s mental health

    2. Measure the prevalence and incidence of mental health conditions in children

    3. Discuss controversies regarding the classification of mental health and illness

    4. Know the advantages and disadvantages of scalar, diagnostic, and functional approaches to measuring mental health status

    5. Appreciate the role of culture in mental health status and mental health research

    6. Recognize and design cross-sectional, case/control, cohort studies and randomized controlled trials

    7. Design individual level and group level studies to address etiological and intervention questions

    8. Use relative risk, odds ratio, attributable risk, and population attributable risk percent to measure the strength of association between a risk factor and a mental health condition

    9. Name the criteria used to build evidence of causation

    10. Evaluate research studies for confounding, information bias, and selection bias

    11. Understand controversies involved in screening children for mental health conditions

    12. Name and describe the major epidemiological studies of children’s mental health

    13. Use recent research literature to frame arguments about the causes of children’s mental health conditions and effective and appropriate intervention strategies

    14. Name the advantages and disadvantages of conducting community-, industry-, and university-initiated research

    15. Appreciate how epidemiological research can improve the system of care for children’s mental health

  31. Major Topics: Epidemiological research as applied to children’s mental health; measuring the prevalence and incidence of mental health conditions in children; classifying and measuring mental health status, including dimensional scales, diagnoses, functional impairment; study designs (descriptive, cross-sectional, case-control/cohort, individual level and group level studies); measures of association; causal inference and threats to validity; screening for childhood mental health conditions; recent epidemiological studies and current debates in children’s mental health; evidence base for treating and preventing mental health problems in children; and evaluating the system of care for children’s mental health.
  32. Textbooks: Chapters from:

    Gordis, L. Epidemiology., 3rd Edition, Elsevier Saunders: Philadelphia, 2004.

    Verhulst FC & Koot HM. Child Psychiatric Epidemiology: Concepts, Methods, and Findings. Sage Publications. Newbury Park, CA, 1992.

    Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General: Children and Mental Health, 2000. Available online at:

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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