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330.620.81 Issues in Mental Health Research in Developing Countries

Mental Health
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Judy Bass
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning required. Recommended Psychiatric Epidemiology, but not required


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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able 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:

15% class participation, 65% short research proposal, 20% brief final presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

Course restricted to graduate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required