What you'll learn

  • Understand the value of mental health for individuals, families, and communities
  • Recognize the skills needed to realize a leadership role within health and related fields
  • Mobilize and deploy human and financial resources 
  • Explore the latest developments in evidence-based programs to implement mental health strategies 

Course description


The Certificate of Specialization comprises three programs, taught by faculty from the Harvard School of Public Health, the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative and an international pool of experts, embracing both empirical evidence and real-world lessons. Through this training and mentoring program, professionals from around the world will empower themselves to scale-up evidence-based and innovative programs to address the mental health needs of their communities with knowledge, skills, and peer support.

Those who complete both Foundations of Mental Health Care and Scaling Up Mental Health Care programs are invited to join a third program: a peer-learning collaborative to support and learn from one another as they embark on their journey of being champions for mental health.

Learn From the Experts

Foundations of Mental Health Care will be led by renowned faculty who have held both public health research and real-world leadership roles. Core instructors include Shekhar Saxena, former Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization, Vikram Patel, co-leader of GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard, and Giuseppe Raviola, Director of Mental Health for Partners In Health (PIH), and the Director of the Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change (PGMHSC) at Harvard Medical School.  

By completing this synchronous, virtual program, you will learn how to: 

Apply evidence-based models of care for the population that you serve

Expand capacity by applying concepts and tools derived from real-world models

Develop an international network of industry peers 

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