Case Studies in Global Mental Health Delivery

Director(s): Vikram Patel, Giuseppe Raviola, Daniel Vigo
Offered: Spring II, 2020
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Case Studies in Global Mental Health Delivery seeks to build the foundation for practical training in global mental health delivery, as part of a new Harvard-wide network focusing on global mental health and sustainable development. The goal of this network is to foster a community of students and faculty who are passionate about promoting a broad perspective on mental health as a fundamental public good and a universal human right. This Case Studies course aims to present a diverse array of programs demonstrating how interventions for prevention, treatment and recovery across the life course are delivered in real-world settings in low-, middle-, and high-income countries. The overall goal is to demonstrate how the core principles of access, equity, evidence and scalability are addressed in each case, to understand the barriers in implementation of the intervention and the innovative strategies used to address them, and the lessons learned from the successes and failures of these efforts. Cases will cover a diverse array of mental health and substance use related programs across different life-stages, and will be presented by colleagues who have led actual implementation. For case studies in the greater Boston area, we will also offer an opportunity for the session to be conducted ‘on-site’. Classes will be primarily discussion-based, leveraging case studies specifically developed for this course, including materials in multiple formats. With a flipped-classroom approach, students will familiarize themselves with the case materials and bibliography, identifying key implementation challenges and questions before the class; during each class and after a brief case presentation, the Instructors and Case Presenters will engage the students in a semi-structured discussion aimed at co-creating knowledge by bringing together the Presenter’s experience, the Instructor’s framing, and the students’ own unique perspectives.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
For each case study, students will learn how the project was built upon principles of global health, including evidence-based interventions, equity, affordability and monitoring/accountability, and has contributed to the generation of a new implementation science for global mental health.
Grade Criteria:
Satisfactory: Adequate participation in class, good command of required readings, and development of a proposal that meets criteria
Unsatisfactory: Inadequate/insufficient participation in class, insufficient command of required readings, and failure to develop a proposal that meets criteria