Course Overview

This course provides foundations of psychopathology in science and clinical practice. As health care policy incorporates a more integrated perspective on behavioral and physical health, students in the health care professions benefit from a greater understanding of mental and emotional health conditions and the latest evidence for their etiology, diagnosis, and management. Through reading, online discussion, quizzes, and case studies, participants will gain a broad understanding of psychopathology from a research and clinical perspective. Discussions are structured to facilitate the application of psychological concepts to work in the health professions.

Type Lecture


Claire Elling, PhD


3 undergraduate


Online Asynchronous




$1,620.00 (Fees included)

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times. 

Course activities are organized into modules that are usually 1 week in length. 

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule. 

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the course activities & time commitment section below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading textbooks, articles
  • Watching mini-lectures, videos
  • Listening to podcasts


  • Mini quizzes
  • Practice problems
  • Weekly modules

Other Assignments

  • Written papers
  • Case studies
  • Practical assignments

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 10-15
  • Overview of Psychopathology
  • Models of Abnormality
  • Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Related Disorders
  • Disorders of Trauma and Stress
  • Disorders of Mood
  • Suicide
  • Disorders Featuring Somatic Symptoms
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Use and Addictive Disorders
  • Disorders of Sex and Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorders
  • Disorders of Aging and Cognition
  • Mental Health Promotion, Screening, and Treatment in Health Care Settings
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychopathology

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Not needed
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Required
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to Video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Not needed

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to videoconference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

Claire Elling in grey shirt

Adjunct Instructor Team Lead for Health & Quantitative Studies Prerequisites Lecturer, Developmental Psychology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions

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