Mental Health Policies, Programs, and Services  --  Public Health  (PB HLTH) 221 [2 units]
Course Format: Two hours of lecture/discussion per week.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: This course provides a foundation for understanding mental illness and mental health services and the evolution and current state of our thinking about them. It presents the most frequent varieties of mental illness and addresses their frequency of occurrence, and it addresses the social disability from mental illness and the societal response to mental illness. It also considers treatments, services, effectiveness, quality of care, and financing, as well as considering financing, legal issues, and special concerns and services for children and youth. In addition, the course provides a forum to critically examine the knowledge base on mental illness, epidemiology, policies, programs, and services as it presents major controversies and highlights the best available evidence.
(SP) Snowden
 
Understanding and Overcoming Health Care Disparities  --  Public Health  (PB HLTH) 221B [2 units]
Course Format: Two hours of lecture/discussion per week.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: In this class, we will construct a framework to formulate explanations for health care disparities and to construct responses that have the potential for a policy-oriented, and therefore widespread, response. Taking advantage of selected developments in social science theory and research that can provide insight into how health care disparities come about, we will draw from anthropological and psychological theories of cultural orientation, cultural framing of problems, and cultural identity; as well as drawing from psychological theories of stress and coping. We also will draw from sociological theories of individual and community poverty, and theories characterizing health care system design and service delivery.
(F) Snowden
 


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