It has been so exciting to see this talented and diverse group come together to explore the dynamic interface between public health and mental health.
Benjamin Druss MD, MPH
Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health
Mental health is integral to and inseparable from public health. Mental and substance abuse disorders impose large and growing 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.
The Mental Health Elective Concentration brings together students and faculty from within and beyond the Rollins School of Public Health with an interest in the mental health/public health interface. The concentration provides students with an updated source of information on mental health classes available in the school, a forum for identifying mentors and preceptors, and an opportunity to develop expertise in mental health and public health. It provides faculty with an opportunity to meet students and other colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds and expertise to develop collaborations and interdisciplinary research projects.
Students adopting this elective focus:
- Complete a Practicum of Relevance to Mental Health or Mental Health Services
- Complete a Thesis or Capstone Project of Relevance to Mental Health or Mental Health Services
- Attend the monthly Mental Health Concentration Colloquia
- Take at least two RSPH elective courses in mental health (3 or more semester hours) for the concentration, from a list of classes maintained by the working group.
A more complete description of the concentration is available here.