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Global Mental Health - Short Course

This annual short course is run jointly with the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. Please visit the Institute of Psychiatry website for course details and registration.

The Course

The Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH), a collaboration between King’s Health Partners (including the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, present the Global Mental Health Summer School Course 2014.

This four day course, designed and taught by members of the CGMH, will provide participants with an in depth understanding of the issues encompassed by the new discipline of GMH including: the public health significance of mental health in a global context; the challenges involved in scaling up evidence-based interventions to close the 'treatment gap'; the application of epidemiological and health systems research methodologies in furtherance of the global mental health agenda. The course will also provide a fresh look at progress made towards achieving the aims of the global mental health agenda and present the findings of recent work undertaken by CGMH members.

Course Content

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Global Mental Health: A new discipline comes of age
  • Overview of current research on scaling up mental health care in resource poor settings
  • Case studies in community mental health
  • Ethics in Global Mental Health Research
  • Introduction to culture and mental health
  • Stigma and mental health
  • Technical issues in instrument adaptation, development and validation
  • Design and evaluation of complex interventions
  • Health economics in mental health
  • Research into policy
  • Implementing WHO mhGAP
  • Communicating research

Who Should Apply?

The course has previously attracted a very diverse body of students from high, middle and low income countries, including but not limited to:

  • Consumers and their caregivers
  • Development scientists
  • Global health academics
  • Government policy makers
  • Mental health researchers
  • Health service planners
  • Public health specialists
  • Mental health professionals (physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, etc)
  • Mental health lawyers and advocates
  • Human health and development and humanitarian assistance NGO policy officers and field operatives

The course teaching methods emphasizes a strong interactive and participatory element, with a variety of teaching methods including practicals and case studies, making the most of the wide range of backgrounds and relevant experiences contributed by participants.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe what is meant by mental illness, and understand the broad classification of major mental disorders, its application across cultures, and challenges to measurement validity
  • Explain the public health significance of mental illness from an international perspective, drawing on the Global Burden of Disease and World Health Reports, and the Lancet Series on Global Mental Health
  • Discuss the application of epidemiological research methods to the study of global mental health needs and outcomes
  • Appreciate the extent of the treatment gap, the reasons for its persistence, and current attempts to reduce it, focussing on the development of progressive mental health policy combined with evidence-based interventions and packages of care
  • Critically evaluate the influence of cultural factors on mental illness and mental health service delivery;Discuss the importance of health economics in integrating mental health care with established health systems
  • Describe how mental health issues are related to and can be integrated with established public health priorities.

Course Fee

The cost of the course is:

  • Full price: £800
  • Participants who are nationals of and resident in middle-income countries: £400
  • Participants who are nationals of and resident in LIC: £150
  • KCL/LSHTM students: £150
  • KCL/LSHTM staff: £400
  • Students from other high-income countries institutions: £400

How to Apply

Please apply online at the Institute of Psychiatry website.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to improving global health through its programme of short and full-time postgraduate study.

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