Global Mental Health

Graduate students who are interested in global mental health can get involved in several ways:

  1. Take courses pertaining to global mental health
  2. Explore majors and minors in global health, with focuses in global mental health
  3. Join us for Global Mental Health Journal Club
Graduate Students

Inaugural Global Mental Health Course. 2013. The course now has nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate students.

 

Graduate courses

G H 514 Global Societal Determinants of Health (2-3) S. Bezruchka

Examines societal determinants of heath of nations around the globe. We look at the Americas, Africa, countries of the former Soviet Union, India/China and Western Europe. Asks why there is an increasing inequity in health outcomes today? Topics include early life, population health biology, medical care, mental health, and the environment. Offered: Sp.

G H 515 War and Health (4) A. Hagopian, E. Kanter

Explores the health consequences of war (injury, infectious diseases, mental health, chronic disease, malnutrition, infrastructure) and the role of health professionals and others in preventing war (advocacy, measurement and application of epidemiology methods, promotion of social equity). Offered: jointly with HSERV 515; Sp.

G H 538 Advanced Qualitative Methods in Anthropology and Public Health (5) J. Pfeiffer

Provides students with both a theoretical foundation in qualitative approaches to research in anthropology and public health and in-depth training in qualitative data management, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. Focuses on how to frame research questions, design, appropriate research strategies that incorporate qualitative methods, and analyze data. Offered: jointly with ANTH 519/HSERV 521; Sp, even years.

G H 556 Global Mental Health (2-3) D. Rao

Examines the socio-cultural and political forces that impact assessment, manifestation, and treatment of mental illnesses worldwide. Students take a critical view of diagnostic systems and examine cultural differences in presentation of mental illness. Also reviews treatment practices in low resource settings, cultural-specific communication, and stigma. Offered: Sp.

G H 558 Global Violence and Health (2-3) S. Benki-Nugent

Examines the socio-politico-cultural forces that give rise to violence and the impact of violence on population health. Discusses public health methods, policies, and interventions that can be used to decrease the occurrence and severity of violence in real world circumstances, including countries at all economic levels. Offered: W.

G H 590 Selected Topics: Global Mental Health Research and Practice (C/NC) P. Collins

Examines the socio-politico-cultural forces that give rise to violence and the impact of violence on population health. Discusses public health methods, policies, and interventions that can be used to decrease the occurrence and severity of violence in real world circumstances, including countries at all economic levels. Offered: W.

HSERV 589: Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) B. Duran

Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) has received growing attention in the areas of public health, community development, urban planning, education, social work, nursing, sociology and anthropology. CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to the community with the aim of combining knowledge and action for social change. It provides an understanding of principles and strategies, an appreciation of its advantages and limitations, and skills for participating effectively.

Psych 580 Minority Mental Health (3) Simoni

This course overviews issues related to the mental health and psychological treatment of individuals with marginalized (or “minority”) status in the United States (U.S.). We will consider models of minority and majority group identity development and the elements of culturally sensitive treatment. The socio-historical context of various minority groups within the U.S. and the resulting mental health ramifications also are presented. Societal and individual power, dominant group privilege, and personal prejudice are dominant themes. The course emphasizes experiential knowledge building and the development of self-awareness. Offered: Sp.

EPI 546 Psychiatric Epidemiology (3) I. Rhew, A. Vander Stoep

Using epidemiological methods to study mental illness. Topics include contributions of mental illness to global disease burden; major population-based studies of mental illness; measurement of psychopathology; culture and mental illness; role of neurodevelopment, genetics, social and physical environment in etiology of mental disorders; mental health services research. Prerequisite: either EPI 511, EPI 512, HSERV 591, or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with PBSCI 546.

SOC W 555 Global Perspectives in Social Work Practice (3)

Focuses on contemporary social issues of global importance: poverty; HIV/AIDS; population growth; gender inequality; and war, conflict, and displacement, with specific focus on these issues in the global south. Examines sociocultural, economic, and political processes that shape these issues, and entwined perspective of human rights and development.

SOC W 594 Gender and Inequalities in the Global Context (3)

Examines issues of gender, globalization, and inequality through a gender lens. Topics include global movements of capital (the global factory) and labor (migration, trafficking, etc.), disruption/creation of family forms and gender roles (domestic violence), social welfare, private/public polices, international frames (human rights), resistance, and response.