Global Mental Health Syllabus

Course Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe burden of mental disorder and explain life course perspective on mental health
  • Describe social determinants of mental health
  • Define stigma and explain its origins and consequences
  • List and describe various diagnostic and assessment tools
  • Describe cultural differences in presentation of mental distress
  • List treatment options and techniques
  • List prevention and promotion options and techniques
  • Describe motivation and tools used for care integration
  • Describe methods of implementation science and know-do gap in global mental health


Module 1: Key Issues 

  • Global burden of disease 
  • Life course: mental health and youth, adults, and geriatrics
  • Mental health and sustainable development
  • Social determinants
  • Violence

Module 2: Stigma

  • What is stigma?
  • Stigma reduction
  • Stigma reduction interventions
  • Case study: RESHAPE

Module 3: Diagnostic Categories and Transcultural Presentation of Distress

  • Diagnostic criteria & cultural psychiatry
  • Mental illness perspectives
  • Case Study: Presentations of distress—Bangalore
  • Case Study: Presentations of distress—WHO schizophrenia studies

Module 4: Screening and Assessment

  • Assessment tools & validation
  • Best practices in using and adapting instruments

Module 5: Prevention and Promotion

  • Policies 
  • Social emotional learning, resilience 

Module 6: Treatment Part 1

  • Pharmacologic
  • Non-allopathic modalities

Module 7 Treatment Part 2

  • Psychosocial
  • Trauma/GBV 
  • Case study: adapting treatment for Native Americans
  • Case study: novel treatment for refugees
  • Case study: Cognitive processing therapy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Module 8: Integrated Care

  • Task-sharing
  • Case study: collaborative care for depression & diabetes
  • Case study: perinatal depression

Module 9: Mental health in humanitarian crises


Module 10: Implementation Science