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


International Health
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2010 - 2011
East Baltimore
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
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 global mental health symptoms and syndromes and the variety of strategies and interventions used to treat such symptoms. Discusses mental health services as an integral part of global health research and program development. Addresses methods of adapting and developing intervention approaches in low-resource countries, as well as research designs used to evaluate mental health interventions. Challenges students to use critical and creative thinking skills throughout to discuss the issues involved in this relatively new area. Focuses on cross-cultural challenges in conducting mental health research in low-resource settings. Topics covered include overview of mental health issues in low-resource countries; cultural issues, developing, modifying and disseminating mental illness prevention and intervention strategies, and the interplay between mental health and related topics such as HIV and violence.

Methods of Assessment:

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

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates unless prior instructor approval

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Special Comments:

Knowledge of mental health epidemiology is recommended. Students will get exposed to real-time mental health projects in the field.