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Department: Mental Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
  • Judy Bass

Introduces mental health as an integral part of global health research, including conducting needs assessments and intervention monitoring and evaluation. Presents and critiques strategies for integrating local cultural perspectives into research models. Examines methods of adapting psychiatric assessment tools for use cross-culturally and presents challenges for developing interventions for use in low-resource contexts. Encourages use of critical and creative thinking skills throughout to discuss the issues involved in this relatively new area of study.

Learning Objective(s):

This course will prepare you to: 1. Describe prevalent mental health problems in developing countries and discuss the issues unique to understanding mental health in these contexts. 2. Illustrate ways that culture can affect mental health conceptualization, identification and assessment. 3. Define and compare methods of cross-cultural assessment of mental health problems. 4. Recognize issues and challenges inherent in adapting strategies for prevention programming, intervention development and dissemination in developing countries.

Methods of Assessment: participation, short research proposal, brief final presentation
Location: Internet
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 25
Enrollment Restriction: Course restricted to graduate students only
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

In the first year, to allow for having some control over who takes it and with what qualifications


Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. required. Recommended Psychiatric Epidemiology, but not required

Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail