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Beginner Level

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
29 minutes to complete

Overview

Welcome to Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach. Let's take a few moments to introduce the course before we dive into our first lessons.

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1 video (Total 9 min), 2 readings
2 readings
Syllabus10m
Public Mental Health by William Eaton10m
1 hour to complete

What is Major Depression and Why Is It Important? The Burden of Depressive Disorder in the Population

This week, we will be focusing on the definition of major depression and the methods that we use for measuring its effect on populations.

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5 videos (Total 54 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture 1D: Major Depressive Disorder and Medical Conditions11m
Lecture 1E: Estimating the Burden of Major Depressive Disorder and Medical Conditions7m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 1: The Basics of Major Depression10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Depression in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Closer Look at Maternal Depression

This week we will be covering depression from a global public health perspective.

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4 videos (Total 41 min), 1 quiz
1 practice exercise
Quiz 2: Depression in Low- and Middle-Income Countries10m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Basic Concepts of Epidemiology as Applied to Depression

This week we take advantage of what we know about major depressive disorder to examine major epidemiologic research designs, including the case control design, the cohort design, and the study of diseases in time and space.

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5 videos (Total 45 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture 3D: Case Control Studies7m
Lecture 3E: The Web of Causation13m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 3: Epidemiology10m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

The Search for Etiologic Clues

This week the focus is on possible causes for depressive disorder, including inheritance, stress, social life, work life, and the evolution of modern living.

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5 videos (Total 51 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture 4D: Work, Family, and Life Stage7m
Lecture 4E: Recency of Birth20m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 410m
4 hours to complete

The Search for Etiologic Clues: Lesson Choices

Choice 1: You are the coordinator of an international nutrition program in refugee camps, including a refugee camp in Tanzania. Most of the refugees in this camp have fled violence from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the size of the camp is increasing because of the intensification of armed violence there. The nutrition organization that you have been working for has been implementing programs to promote breastfeeding, and appropriate infant and young child feeding practices. You have been told that program staff are facing difficulties, and you decide to visit the site to see for yourself what is going on. In your meeting with some of the community health workers who are implementing the program, you hear of women living in very challenging circumstances. A group of women seems to be very tired and have lost the energy to engage with daily routines. You suspect that mental health may play a role, and decide to ask further questions and write a report about this to your organization’s headquarters. | Choice 2: A young entrepreneur from Oklahoma named Rodney Johnson created a household cleaning product made from byproducts of the corn industry. This product, called Solvit, is very good at cleaning up grease and dirt, and was more effective than many other well-known products such as Mr. Clean, Fantastik, and Lysol. Mr. Johnson started marketing the product in 1992 at stores in his native Oklahoma, and also on the World Wide Web. Twenty years later this product is the most widely used cleaning agent in North America, although it still has not been introduced in several states. In 2012 Consumer Reports magazine determined that the product contained solvents that might cause depressive disorder. It asked the Consumer Products Safety Commission to ban the product. The Institute of Medicine was asked for its advice. The IOM learned that you had taken this course and has asked you to consult on epidemiologic evidence and methods that might support the claim that Solvit produces depressive disorder.

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2 quizzes
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Top reviews from Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

By MWMar 30th 2019

Exceptional course blending qualitative and quantitative, historical and contemporary case studies to provide a solid foundation to the subject.

By MMJul 24th 2018

This course has helped me a lot. I really hope to publish a paper on Maternal mental health someday.

Instructors

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William Eaton, PhD

Professor, Mental Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Wietse A. Tol, PhD

Ali & Rose Kawi Assistant Professor, Mental Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Ramin Mojtabai, MD

Associate Professor, Mental Health
Bloomberg School of Public Health

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