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Translation of Mental Health Research Into Field-Based Public Health Interventions


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Mon 06/10/2019 - Tue 06/11/2019
Class Times:
  • M Tu,  8:30am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Judith Bass
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Do you want to know how mental health research is being translated to field-based community, education, and workforce development interventions and implementation efforts? Though evidence-based interventions exist to address a broad range of mental health problems across the life course, translation of these effective, often 1:1 treatment models into larger-scale, population-based intervention approaches in culturally diverse and often resource-poor environments is a growing a science, with much of implementation being led by non-profit organizations working in the United States and globally.

Provides a broad overview of how evidence-based mental and behavioral health interventions are being interwoven into education, health, and community programs in the United States and around the world in order to prevent or intervene with issues of interpersonal violence and trauma-related disorders and promote well-being and mental health resiliency. Introduces examples for different populations across the lifecourse and in different US and global contexts. Addresses challenges of integrating and scaling up interventions in non-clinical settings.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the range of settings in which evidence-based mental and behavioral health interventions can be adapted and integrated
  2. Identify the major ways that low-intensity evidence-based interventions can be interwoven into existing education, workforce development, and community programs and delivered by non-mental health providers
  3. Describe common misconceptions of integration of mental health interventions in diverse populations and resource-poor communities
  4. Explain ethical considerations that must be taken into consideration prior to mental health intervention development in new settings
Methods of Assessment:

in class discussion 40%
5-page written proposal 60%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required