224.694.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Mary Cwik
    Namrita Singh
  • Course Description
    Introduces students to mental illness symptoms and syndromes found across contexts and the variety of strategies used to treat such symptoms. Discusses mental health services as an integral part of global health program development. Addresses methods of adapting and developing interventions in low-resource countries and humanitarian contexts, as well as research designs used to evaluate these interventions. Challenges students to use critical and creative thinking skills throughout to discuss the issues involved in this relatively new field. Focuses on cross-cultural challenges in conducting mental health research in these settings. Topics covered include an overview of mental health issues in low-resource countries and humanitarian contexts; cross-cultural challenges; developing, modifying and disseminating prevention and intervention strategies; and the interplay between mental health and related topics such as nutrition, fitness and diabetes; HIV; substance abuse; and violence.
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Discuss issues critical to understanding mental health in low-resource contexts;
    • Recognize the major mental illness symptoms that are found cross-culturally in adults and children;
    • Illustrate ways in which culture can affect mental health services;
    • Recognize the issues and challenges inherent in strategies for prevention, intervention development and dissemination in low-resource countries;
    • Describe the process of identification, adaptation and evaluation of mental health interventions in low-resource countries; and
    • Critique past and current strategies for identifying, assessing, measuring and intervening on international mental health issues.
  • Intended Audience
    International Health and Mental Health master's and PhD students
  • Prerequisites

    330.620 Issues in Global Mental Health Research (highly recommended)

  • Methods of Assessment

    Class attendance, participation and required readings - 25 points

    Quizzes on required readings - 15 points

    Term paper – 50 points

    Term presentation – 10 points

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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  • Contact Information

    Mary Cwik

    Namrita Singh

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