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Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs of Refugees After Resettlement in High Income Countries


Summer Inst. term
Mental Health
1 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Tue 06/01/2021 - Fri 06/18/2021
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Judith Bass

Previous coursework in mental health and epidemiology are recommended but not required


There are nearly 20 million refugees worldwide and this number is increasing due to ongoing conflict and persecution. While most refugees continue to live in humanitarian settings such as temporary camps, more than 70,000 individuals are resettled in a third country each year. Exposure to violence and persecution, a history of limited access to mental health resources, and the stressors associated with beginning life anew in a third country make it necessary for high income countries who resettle refugees to make their mental health a public health priority.

Provides a broad understanding of the refugee resettlement process and presents data on the epidemiology of mental health and psychosocial problems among refugees resettled in high income countries like the U.S. Introduces methods for measurement and evaluation of these problems and prepares students to be able to design mental health studies among this population. Explores mental health treatment options and service utilization among resettled refugees in high income countries.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the resettlement process and challenges faced by refugee populations during and after this process
  2. Identify the major mental health and psychosocial needs of resettled refugees, how often these problems occur, and how they may differ by country of origin and factors related to resettlement
  3. Discuss measurement and assessment methods for mental health problems among resettled refugees
  4. Explain possible barriers and facilitators to use of various treatment options by resettled refugees
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Participation
  • 70% Project(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

The research proposal is due on June 30, 2021.