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PUBH5225: Population Mental Health

2024 unit information

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.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Medicine and Health

Study level Postgraduate
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of prevalence of mental disorders and burden
  • LO2. critically examine global mental health estimates and access online mental health data tools
  • LO3. discuss and demonstrate an understanding of the social determinants of mental health
  • LO4. describe key features and conceptual models underpinning mental health promotion and prevention
  • LO5. describe and critically evaluate mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention programs
  • LO6. describe mental health systems, services, and policies, and critically discuss relevance in addressing mental health burden
  • LO7. understand the concept of ableism and describe how it might be applied to the healthcare system
  • LO8. outline a specific mental health problem or challenge and discuss evidence-based prevention strategies
  • LO9. demonstrate an understanding of mental health challenges in minority groups
  • LO10. describe social determinants of mental health in low and middle income countries and best practice intervention strategies.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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