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PUBH7026 Mental Health Across the Globe

This masters-level short course is delivered externally through The University of Queensland over the summer break.

It is concerned with understanding mental health epidemiology and burden, policy, economics and current directions in mental health service reform, in Australia and abroad. The course covers a broad range of topics and areas, including a specific focus on Indigenous mental health.

While Mental Health across the Globe is relevant to anyone with an interest in mental health, some background knowledge of mental health will be an advantage. It is recommended for:

  • Epidemiologists
  • Policy or health system developers/managers
  • Population health consultants
  • Clinicians
  • Statisticians
  • Project managers
  • Database managers
  • Health service planners
Course outline

PUBH7026 Mental Health Across the Globe: Challenges & Opportunities aims to enhance students’ understanding of the impact of mental disorders on the population, key policy and service initiatives, and current debates in the mental health field. It focuses on the question of how to improve the mental health of the population by policy and service development beyond the clinical service sector to a broader population health approach.

PUBH7026 is divided into three parts:

  1. Building the knowledge base regarding the mental health field in Australia and internationally;
  2. Applying the knowledge base to explore and appraise examples of current and innovative mental health policy and research translation in mental health.
  3. Extending the knowledge base to explore and appraise examples of current and innovative mental health services in settings of differing levels of resources
Course objectives

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the principles of public mental health at the global level.
  2. Identify challenges and opportunities in global mental health.
  3. Demonstrate the interplay of epidemiology, policy and service development in improving the mental health of populations.
  4. Appraise mental health systems in different settings with differing levels of resources.
  5. Compare and contrast evidence-based strategies for mental health system strengthening.
Enrolment Details

Start Date: Semester starts in late November each year.
Cost: $2,700
Contact: Teaching Support Officer, Renee Tayler, Email: r.tayler@uq.edu.au

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Fiona Charlson
Email: f.charlson@uq.edu.au


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