Foundations of Global Mental Health

Director(s): Anne Becker, Vikram Patel, Mary Smith Fawzi
Prerequisites: Students outside of HSPH must request instructor permission to enroll in this course.
Offered: Fall I, 9/3/2019 - 10/25/2019, Mon and Wed 3:45-5:15 pm. This course is cross listed at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as GHP 204.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: The course is intended to cover the key role of mental health in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, which have recognized mental health explicitly in two of the health goal targets and implicitly in several others (such as universal health coverage and conflict). The course curriculum is informed by the publication of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health & Sustainable Development, which has proposed a theoretical reframing of mental health and series of innovative actions to achieve the aspirations of the SDGs in relation to mental health. Along with the “Case Studies in Global Mental Health Delivery” course offered in Spring 2, 2020, this course will form the core of a proposed Global Mental Health Intensive Fellowship program at HSPH, in collaboration with HMS. This course is cross-listed at Harvard School of Public Health.
Grade Criteria:
This course assumes substantial and informed student participation. General discussion of theory and practice is encouraged and expected of all students. At a minimum, being informed requires class attendance, completion of assigned readings, and submission of questions for lecturers in advance of the class. Class attendance and thoughtful participation are central to how students will benefit from this course and will be reflected in part in the final grade. Please notify course faculty or the TA of an absence prior to the class.

The final grade for this course will be based on:

• Attendance (5%)
• Participation (15%)
• Letter of Intent (20%)
• Final paper (60%)

Graded Component One: Attendance (5%)
Since this is a discussion-based course, where knowledge will be generated through the discussion with students, attendance is required. If there are medical or other extenuating circumstances that prevent you from attending each class, please reach out to the course instructors. For more serious or ongoing medical conditions, feel free to also reach out to Colleen Cronin in Student Affairs. Full percentage will be given to students who attend every class. Unexcused absences will result in a deduction in the attendance grade: 1% out of the 5% will be deducted for one missed class; 3% will be deducted for 2 missed classes; 4% will be deducted for 3 missed classes; and 5% will be deducted for those who miss more than 3 classes.

Graded Component Two: Participation (15%)
Participation will be graded on the basis of the student’s engagement in in-class discussions including the submission of questions for the Q&A. Students will have nametags to be placed visibly on their desks to facilitate interaction and registration of participation. The grade will reflect the frequency and the quality of the student’s active participation, the command of required readings, and the general interaction with presenters, teaching team, and peers. Submission of Q&A questions (by 5 p.m. the day prior to each class) will count towards each student’s participation grade. The teaching team will assess the quality of participation with the following criteria: contributions should be relevant to the topic, logically robust, collaborative and responsive to other comments, grounded on the material or other evidence, and demonstrating critical thinking or a challenge in a constructive manner.

Graded Component Three: Letter of Intent (20%)
Students will submit a letter of intent that outlines their proposed final paper, approximately midway through the course. The letter of intent should be two pages maximum (excluding references), including a 5-10 bullets outline, which lays out the overall structure of the paper, and specifies the context/population and mental health issue that will be discussed, how the theories and topics discussed in the course provide evidence for and insight into a potential approach for this problem, a proposed intervention for implementation, and discussion of anticipated challenges and strategies for successful implementation. The format should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. References should be in APA format and may include course readings. The letter of intent should be uploaded to the Canvas site. Due date will be:
• Letter of Intent: Wednesday, October 2 @ 3 p.m. EDT

Graded Component Four: Final Paper (60%)
At the end of the fourth module of the course, students will submit a final paper of 10 pages (excluding references). The paper should describe a mental health issue the student would like to address in a particular context, synthesize and apply key course learnings—germane to mental health, the life course, and sustainable development—to examine and address the issue in this context, recommend a specific intervention or action, and (where appropriate) describe challenges that might be anticipated in implementing the recommended solutions and how these could be circumvented or managed. The format should be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font and include 10-20 (no more than 20) references from peer-reviewed literature or other reputable sources. References should be in APA format and may include course readings. The final paper should be uploaded to the Canvas site. Due date will be:
• Final Paper: Wednesday, October 23 @ 3 p.m. EDT

Assignment Late Policy
Late submission of an assignment will factor into grading. If you anticipate that you may not meet an assignment deadline, please reach out to the course directors in advance of the due date.