Mental Health is integral to and inseparable from public health. Mental and substance abuse disorders impose large and growing life style and financial burdens in the United States as well as globally; the impacts are felt not only directly, but also in their adverse effects on other medical conditions and health behaviors. Life circumstances of individuals, their families and their communities are altered and often radically so.
To address these integral relationships of mental health with public health, the Certificate in Mental Health program was developed. Its purpose is to bring together faculty, students and practicing health professionals in order to foster enhanced research and learning experiences through inter-disciplinary, interdepartmental and inter-school activities. Students completing the program will be able to epidemiologically describe the burden of mental illness on society, apply theories and evaluate empirical evidence on determinants of mental health, design and critique interventions intended to promote mental health and identify the sources of financing and public policies that affect mental health services .
This certificate program builds on existing classes and faculty expertise and is open to all MSPH and MPH students. It is anticipated that the Certificate in Mental Health program will build a community of interest from across the school and from other units at Emory University and the larger community. Affiliated faculty and professionals drawn together for the concentration may contribute to a growing set of research activities available to students and to provide students with the capacity to contribute to improving mental health in the public and policies fostering access to appropriate mental health services. It may function as a "second academic home" for participating students in the school of public health.
Students with a certificate in Mental Health will be able to:
* HPM 579, Mental Health and Public Health Interface (1 credit hour per academic year ) This course will provide a public health perspective of mental health and mental health services by offering a description of how the fields interface. The instructor will integrate presentations by experts from the field who address mental health and mental health services as relevant to public health. The class will provide a cross-cutting, cross-departmental experience including topics in mental health surveillance and epidemiology, mental health services and policy, mental health and behavioral science, and global mental health. The class will span two semesters, offering 1 semester hour of credit for the year (1/2 credit per semester). Students are encouraged to take the course for two years.
* Practicum in aspect of public mental health- a minimum of 200 hours
* Thesis or capstone project on topic in public mental health
* A minimum of 6 credit hours from the following courses or courses approved by
Dr. Benjamin Druss or Melissa Sherrer:
For inquiries about the Certificate in Mental Health, please contact:
Melissa Sherrer, M.Ed,, Program Administrator
Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH, Program Director