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224.694.01 Intervention Programming for Mental Health Research in Low and Middle-Income Countries

International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Mary Cwik
Course Instructor:

330.620 Issues in Global Mental Health Research (highly recommended); or 330.601, Perspectives in Psychiatry, or 330.603, Psychiatric Epidemiology


Introduces students to mental illness symptoms and syndromes found across contexts and the variety of strategies used to treat such symptoms. Discusses mental health services as an integral part of global health program development. Addresses methods of adapting and developing interventions in low-resource countries and humanitarian contexts, as well as research designs used to evaluate these interventions. Challenges students to use critical and creative thinking skills throughout to discuss the issues involved in this relatively new field. Focuses on cross-cultural challenges in conducting mental health research in these settings. Topics covered include an overview of mental health issues in low-resource countries and humanitarian contexts; cross-cultural challenges; developing, modifying and disseminating prevention and intervention strategies; and the interplay between mental health and related topics such as nutrition, fitness and diabetes; HIV; substance abuse; and violence.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. discuss issues critical to understanding mental health in low-resource contexts;
  2. recognize the major mental illness symptoms that are found cross-culturally in adults and children;
  3. illustrate ways in which culture can affect mental health services;
  4. recognize the issues and challenges inherent in strategies for prevention, intervention development and dissemination in low-resource countries;
  5. describe the process of identification, adaptation and evaluation of mental health interventions in low-resource countries; and
  6. critique past and current strategies for identifying, assessing, measuring and intervening on international mental health issues.
Methods of Assessment:

Attendance and participation in group discussion 25%; assignment 10%; course project 55%; presentation of project 10%

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates unless prior instructor approval

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

Consent required to determine appropriate qualifications

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Knowledge of mental health epidemiology is recommended. Students are exposed to examples and case studies from real-time mental health projects in the field.