Global Mental Health: Public Health Approaches

Kliniken &… Institute Heidelberger Institut… Teaching Short Courses Short Courses in… Global Mental…
  • Tuition Fees: General Admission €750, tropEd €500
  • 1-week course equals 60 hrs of student investment time (31 hrs of direct contact, 29 hrs of self-directed learning), TropEd students can earn 2 ECTS points
  • Open to: tropEd students, public health professionals and other health professionals

Entry Requirements

This Course is held in English. Course participants should have excellent command/high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English. It's part time students only.

Content Overview

Mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) do not attract local, national or global health policy attention, although accounting for a considerable burden of disease. The majority of people with mental disorders do not receive evidence-based care, leading to chronicity, suffering and increased costs of care. Strengthening care and services for people with mental disorders is a priority and needs additional investment in human resources and piggy backing on existing public health programmes. This course explores the different concepts of mental health, in their respective cultural settings and addresses programme planning for this much neglected field of health affecting very marginalised populations.

Course Topics

  • GMH epidemiology and burden of disease
  • GMH policy, strategy and service development
  • Cultural aspects of GMH with a perspective on case definitions
  • Needs assessment for GMH in crisis situation
  • GMH and its manifestations: clinical cases
  • Therapeutic approaches in GMH
  • Anthropological concepts of GMH
  • GMH case studies (from participants’ home countries)

Learning Objectives

This course aims to provide students with the necessary tools to develop and to successfully implement evidence-informed decisions in GMH. At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the epidemiology and social determinants of mental disorders globally and identify strategies to address the burden of disease
  • To critically appraise examples of research and treatment/intervention models at regional level given different levels of resources

Schedule & Certification

Most of the short courses require full-time attendance from Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5 pm. Of Fridays courses generally finish around noon If not stated otherwise, all classes and activities will also run on public holidays.

Students and course participants must attend full-time and successtully complete all the assessment components in order to receive a certificate of attendance or a grade report from Heidelberg University. tropEd students will be able to credit short courses towards the Master's programme at their home institution.

Course Fee

  • General Admittance: € 750.-
  • tropEd students: € 500.-

Included in the course fee is a non-refundable registration fee of € 200.-
Please register as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited.
Unfortunately, no Scholarships are available.

If the participant withdraws from the course

  • less than 6 weeks prior: 25 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 4 weeks prior: 50 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 2 weeks prior: the whole course fee will be charged.

The tuition fee does not include accommodation, insurance or other personal living costs during the stay.