Title: Global Mental Health (GMH) in public health practice
Keywords: Public Health
Mental health
International/Global Health
Burden of diseases
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Course coordinator: Dr. Wolfgang Krahl
Date start: 2024-07-08
Date end: 2024-07-12
About duration and dates: 1 week + 15 hours pre-course work
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Institute of Public Health
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Web Site: www.ukl-hd.de/ph/shortcourses
TropEd representative:
Anne-Kathrin Fabricius,
ECTS credit points: 2 ECTS credits
SIT: 60 hours (31 contact and 29 self-study hours)
Language: English
This course aims to provide students with the necessary tools to develop and to successfully implement evidence-informed decisions in GMH.
At the end of the course, students should be able:
• To critically analyse the epidemiology and social determinants of mental disorders globally
• To identify strategies to address the burden of disease
• To critically appraise examples of research and treatment/intervention models at regional level given different levels of economic (?) resources
Assessment Procedures:
• 60% Multiple choice test (Grading A-D, F)

• 40% group presentation (15 minutes + discussion)
(peer assessment using a standard form accounts for 10% and two facilitators´ assessment using a standard form account for 15% each)

If the student fails to reach the passing grade of 60% (average from both assessments), students will be assigned a 2000-word essay on a topic as defined by the facilitators.
It can be submitted within a time frame defined by the facilitator.
• GMH epidemiology and burden of disease
• GMH policy, strategy and service development
• Cultural aspects of GMH with a perspective on case definitions
• Needs assessment for GMH in crisis situation
• GMH and its manifestations: clinical cases
• Therapeutic approaches in GMH
• Anthropological concepts of GMH
• GMH case studies (from participants’ home countries)
The course uses a mixture of interactive lectures, individual assignments, case studies, group work and presentations, and a panel debate.
• Pre-course preparation of case study (5 hours)
• Preparatory reading (10 hours)
• Interactive lectures (16 hours)
• Facilitated group work (5 hours)
• Individual and group presentations (7 hours)
• Panel debate and plenary discussion (3 hours)
• Individual written assignments (14 hours)
In preparation for the course, participants are expected to prepare a five-minute presentation (not to be assessed) on a GMH topic of their choice. This can be a presentation of the situation of GMH in a region/country/district or in a particular population/sub-population all over the world.
Evidence of adequate English language skills (TOEFL score of at least 550 points paper-based or 213 points computer-based, or an equivalent approved test)
Max Number of participants :25. (no limit for tropEd students)
First come first served
Course fee: € 750
Reduced fee for participants enrolled in the tropEd programme: € 500 (proof of tropEd student status needs to be provided)
None available
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Assessment procedures changed from assignment to multiple choice questions
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Barcelona, February 2017 and reacredited in June 2020 (Online GA_Hamburg). This accreditation is valid until June 2025.
Remarks: Group work: Diagnosing mental disorders - a cultural approach

Group work to design an epidemiological study

Group work to design plan for their country to achieve SD 3.4.

Group work: Why do many families who have a mentally ill member feel burdened? What can be done?

Group work: Alcohol and substance abuse in the context of public health.

Group work: How to prevent Burnout in others and yourself

Group work: Design a programme for the integration of mental health into primary care in your country
Email Address: anne-kathrin.fabricius@uni-heidelberg.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2017-03-06 16:35:25 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2017-03-06 21:45:42 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-06-10 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2024-01-23 10:03:25 (W3C-DTF)