Mental Health Across the Globe (PUBH7026)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the mental health field in Australia and overseas.

It is concerned with understanding mental health epidemiology and burden, policy, economics and current directions in mental health service reform. It explores challenges and opportunities in reducing the burden associated with mental disorders in low, middle and high income countries and for special populations.

PUBH7026 Mental Health Across the Globe: Challenges & Opportunities aims to enhance students’ understanding of the impact of mental disorders on the population, key policy and service initiatives, and current debates in the mental health field. It focuses on the question of how to improve the mental health of the population by policy and service development beyond the clinical service sector to a broader population health approach.

PUBH7026 is divided into three parts:

  1. Building the knowledge base regarding the mental health field in Australia and internationally;
  2. Applying the knowledge base to explore and appraise examples of current and innovative mental health policy and research translation in mental health.
  3. Extending the knowledge base to explore and appraise examples of current and innovative mental health services in settings of differing levels of resources

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the principles of public mental health at the global level.
  2. Identify challenges and opportunities in global mental health.
  3. Demonstrate the interplay of epidemiology, policy and service development in improving the mental health of populations.
  4. Appraise mental health systems in different settings with differing levels of resources.
  5. Compare and contrast evidence-based strategies for mental health system strengthening.
  • Epidemiologists
  • Policy or health system developers/managers
  • Population health consultants
  • Clinicians 
  • Statisticians
  • Project managers
  • Database managers
  • Health service planners




About the course

Course Coordinators

Associate Professor Fiona Charlson

About enrolment or course fees

Teaching Support Officer
Renee Tayler