This course provides an overview of mental health from a life course perspective, emphasizing the burden of mental disorder and the determinants of mental health across biological, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, and social domains. Students will explore the origins and consequences of stigma, as well as cultural differences in the presentation of mental distress. The course will cover various diagnostic and assessment tools, including the DSM-5 and other standardized measures. Students will learn about prevention and promotion options and techniques, as well as treatment options and techniques, including pharmacologic, psychological, and social interventions. The course will also address care integration, including motivation and tools for integrating mental health care within primary care and other settings.

Who can study this course?

  • Healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff who work with individuals with mental health conditions.
  • Public health professionals working in government agencies, NGOs, or other organizations focused on mental health promotion, prevention, or treatment.
  • Researchers and academics interested in conducting research on mental health management, or in using research to inform policy and practice related to mental health.
  • Community leaders, advocates, and activists involved in mental health advocacy or support for individuals with mental health conditions.
  • Students and scholars studying psychology, psychiatry, social work, public health, or related fields who are interested in learning about mental health management and strategies for promoting mental health and well-being.