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Global Mental Health (Distance Learning) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course Description

The Global Mental Health academic programmes are designed to produce graduates who can take charge of mental health service provision at a global level. The Global Mental Health academic programmes offered by the University of Glasgow are unique to Scotland and are the only online Global Mental Health Postgraduate courses offered anywhere in the world. These online programmes are intended for people who are unable to come to Glasgow to complete on-campus delivery of the programmes.

Why this programme

-You will develop the capacity to think critically about the potential risks of globalising notions of mental illness. You will gain the skills to develop and implement policies aimed at reducing the burden of mental health difficulties worldwide.
-The Global Mental Health academic programmes will help people to develop the knowledge to integrate innovative initiatives related to mental health and wellbeing into the wider aims of international development, and address the global inequities in the provision of mental health services.
-The learning outcomes (ILOs) for the programme are based on the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health that were identified in a 2011 issue of Nature.
-We have collaborative partnerships with organisations working in low and middle income countries. You will have opportunities to complete placements and projects with them.
-The Global Mental Health academic programmes at the University of Glasgow place specific emphasis on the important role that social and cultural factors play in how mental health difficulties can be understood and treated across the globe.
-Contributors to the Global Mental Health teaching come from a diverse range of disciplines including: clinical psychology, social work, anthropology, sociology, law and psychiatry. Teaching also includes contribution from those with a lived experience of mental health difficulties.
-The Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow has a formal collaboration with the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Rwanda. This partnership has fostered a range of research and teaching activities that have been jointly coordinated by staff at the respective universities. It is hoped that this partnership will continue to grow and that Global Mental Health students will avail of opportunities that it provides.

Programme structure

The core teaching is based around lectures. There is a strong emphasis on discussion and debate with your fellow students, focusing on relevant research literature and policy documents.

Year 1 (exit with PgCert Global Mental Health)
-Introduction to mental health and disability
-The global burden of mental health difficulties
-Cultural, social and biological determinants of mental health
-Improving access to mental health care in the global context

Year 2 (exit with PgDip Global Mental Health)
-Research methods (qualitative, quantitative and health economics)
-Mental health promotion across the life-span
-Mental health and disability: international law and policy

Year 3 (exit with MSc Global Mental Health)
-Dissertation

Career prospects

Graduate of the Global Mental Health academic programmes establish careers in national mental health policy and planning, epidemiological and mental health services research, as well as advisory and advocacy roles in governments, international agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Visit the Global Mental Health (Distance Learning) - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

Entry Requirements

At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Law, Public Health or Public Policy). A registered health-care professional qualification will also be acceptable. A background (study, work or volunteer activities) in a mental health-related field is desirable but not essential.

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