The course will provide an evidence-based introduction to public health approaches designed to promote mental health and well-being and prevent mental illness. The aim is to assist students to develop an evidence-based understanding of population mental health including epidemiology, determinants of mental health, the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention programs, mental health services and policies and mental health human rights. The emphasis is on primary prevention strategies rather than the management of those already with mental illness. Evidence-based case studies will be presented including a focus on mental health challenges for the future in specific modules such as: suicide prevention, comorbidity, mental health in developing countrues, minority groups and in the workplace. By the end of this unit, students will understand the relationship between the determinants of mental health and public health strategies to prevent mental illness and enhance wellbeing.
1-hour x12 weekly online lectures/podcasts, plus 12 weeks of self-paced online tutorials (asynchronous)
1x3000 word individual assignment (40%), 1x3000 word individual assignment (40%), asynchronous tutorial participation (15%), 1x250 word individual short response (5%).
Readings will be provided.