MPH in Mental and Behavioural Health

Key Facts

Duration
1.5 - 2 Yrs
Mode
Online
CREDITS
138 ECTS
Dual Degree
Optional

Overview

Mental and behavioural health issues constitute a spectrum of health challenges affecting all levels of the social strata. The COVID-19 pandemic has sensitized populations to diverse mental health issues potentially due to direct biological effects as well as major psychosocial and economic consequences of the pandemic.

Recognizing and addressing mental health issues at the primary health care level is a major need globally. Our MPH in Mental and Behavioral Health (MBH) specialization trains you to promote mental and behavioral health through an interdisciplinary and holistic health approach. The focus is to promote, secure and improve mental health of individuals, communities and populations using focussed, evidence based and tailored public health strategies.

The standard of care for mental illness is always provided by licensed clinicians trained in medicine and mental health. However, it is increasingly being recognized that a team of professionals with skills and knowledge about public health strategies for mental health creates a much conducive environment for better therapeutic outcomes and rehabilitation. In addition, a public health approach towards mental health practice benefits societies by way of better policies, general public awareness, removing taboos, and building a favorable environment for rehabilitation and productivity.

The MPH in Mental and Behavioural Health will help you acquire skills necessary for approaching mental and behavioral health prevention, promotion and research through focussed, holistic and culturally relevant strategies.

What You Will Study

The program is comprised of 138 ECTS credits and can be completed in about 18 months. For a detailed list of courses taught in this program, please refer to the curriculum.

After completion of 42 credits, an interim qualification of Advanced Diploma in Public Health Management is awarded. This part of your studies only includes coursework.  This is followed by the completion of additional 72 credits via coursework and 24 credits via dissertation under the guidance of a mentor.

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Curriculum

Introduction To Public Health and Healthcare
Community Medicine
Epidemiology
Health Planning and Hospital Management
Health Economics
Biostatistics
Nutrition
Data and Communication
Environmental Health
Mental Health
Introduction to Surveillance
Preventive Medicine and Population Health
Resources and Administration
Infectious Diseases
Immunization
Global Health Policy and Development
Planetary Health
Fundamentals of Sexual and Reproductive Health
Health and Human Rights
Research Methods
Occupational Health
Evaluating International Public Health Issues
Public Health Disasters: A Global Ethical Framework
Public Health Risk Assessment for Human Exposure to Chemicals
Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Urban Living and Public Health
Pharmaceuticals in Global Public Health
Geospatial Analysis of Public Health
Global Health Security
Global Health Collaboration

Specialization Courses:

Fundamentals of Mental Health for Public Health
Neuroscience
Hormonal & Immune System
Mental and Behavioral Health Epidemiology
Mental Health Prevention and Promotion
Psychological Interventions for Mental Health
Nutrition & Mental Health
Global Mental Health
Leadership for Mental Health

Dissertation

How You Will Study

This program is conducted fully online.

Once you are enrolled you will be provided a username and password to login to our e-Campus. All the courses that you are supposed to study will be available in your account. You can log in and complete your courses at any time of your convenience. Study materials are provided in the form of lectures, reading materials, additional videos, research papers, and so on. The faculty can be contacted for any assistance when required. All tests and assignment submissions also take place via the e-Campus. For more information please refer to the online learning section of the website.

Other Information

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent / higher)

This program requires a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent recognized academic title, preferably in a life science-related area. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please reach out to our admission staff.

  • A passport size photo (head and shoulders only)
  • Copy of identity proof e.g. a copy of passport or any other government-issued identity card
  • Copy of bachelor's degree or equivalent (degree/higher national diploma etc.)
  • Copy of academic transcripts/marks sheets from the bachelor's degree

Additional requirements if opting for the dual degree pathway:

  • Copy of High School Diploma / Secondary School Certificate 
  • CV

This program is taught in English. Therefore, you should be comfortable in using English as a language of communication (reading, writing and speaking). If you have taken an English language test in the last two years, that is good to have. If not, you can explore a waiver for the English language test.

The English proficiency test is waived-off for the following candidates:

- Native English speakers, OR;
- Applicants who have completed their previous qualifications (e.g. bachelor’s degree) in English language, OR;
- Applicants who have at least 2 years of work experience in an organization in which English is the primary language of communication.

Our program fees are very reasonable in comparison to other schools. Please calculate the fees applicable to you by using our online fee calculator.

Next Start Date

Bachelors & Masters Programs

Next Start Date: 01 Sep 2022
App. Deadline: 28 Aug 2022

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Optional Dual Degree

With this program, you have an option to pursue a second master's degree (M.Sc in Health Management) via our university partner, International Telematic University, Uninettuno, Rome, Italy via credit transfer. 

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Optional Dual Degree

With this program, you have an option to pursue a second master's degree (M.Sc in Health Management) via our university partner, International Telematic University, Uninettuno, Rome, Italy via credit transfer. 

How does it work?

Once you are nearing the completion of your master's degree from James Lind Institute, you will be transferred to our university partner for the completion of the following four additional courses and a dissertation.

  1. Principles of Public Health
  2. Globalization and Public Health Challenges
  3. Public Health Systems and Public Health Policies
  4. Ethical, Cultural and Behavioural Aspects of Health
  5. Final Dissertation/Thesis

JLI will handle all the administrative and transfer requirements on your behalf.

How much time will this take?

It takes an additional 6 to 8 months to complete these and is a great way to earn a 2nd master's degree if you wish to.

Will it cost extra?

Yes, there is an additional fee for this pathway. Please check our online fee calculator for the exact amount.

Can I take up the dual degree later?

Yes, you can opt for the dual degree pathway later, even after your JLI master's degree completion. It is not required to opt for it right from the start.

Who is this pathway recommended for?

If you are someone who wants to earn two degrees in relatively less time and in a cost-efficient way then you should consider this option. Also, if you are someone who wants to use the master's degree for higher education programs such as a Ph.D. it is highly recommended to opt for this pathway.

How to apply for this pathway?

You will see an option to select the dual degree pathway during the application process for your chosen MPH program.

So, which degrees exactly will I receive upon completion of the dual pathway?

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Single Degree
Dual Degree

From James Lind Institute:

Advanced Diploma in Public Health Management (Upon completion of 1st 42 credits)

&

Your chosen Master of Public Health Management Degree

From International Telematic University, Uninettuno, Rome, Italy:

M.Sc in Public Health Management

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From James Lind Institute:

Advanced Diploma in Public Health Management (Upon completion of 1st 42 credits)

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Your chosen Master of Public Health Management Degree

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Career Opportunities

The MPH with Mental and Behavioural Health specialization will help you pursue careers related to mental health prevention, surveillance, academics, research and policy development within governmental, nonprofit and community health organizations, located in national and international settings.

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Career Opportunities

Careers

The MPH with Mental and Behavioural Health specialization will help you pursue careers related to mental health prevention, surveillance, academics, research and policy development within governmental, nonprofit and community health organizations, located in national and international settings.

Outcomes:

In this advanced program, you will gain requisite knowledge about the general presentation, risks and correlated factors, therapeutic approaches, and general course of major mental and behavioral health disorders. You will also study how individuals, family, social and demographic factors impact mental health and well-being and how to utilize this knowledge using public health strategies to improve population mental and behavioral health. You will get prepared to develop, implement and evaluate population-level mental health intervention and prevention programs and policies and conduct applied research.

Job Outlook:

Excellent

Career Opportunities:

The job opportunities for public health professionals with an in-depth understanding of mental and behavioural health issues continue to grow.

Program FAQ's

This program can be completed in about 1.5 to 2 years. It is fully self-paced, so you can increase your pace or go slow based on your time availability.

The primary mode of learning is via pre-recorded lectures, videos, reading materials etc. A few live guest lectures are scheduled during the program however they are optional to attend. Whenever such sessions are scheduled they are planned in a way that is convenient for most of our students. If you are unable to attend, a reccorded version will be provided.

You will be able to interact with the faculty via the personal messaging facility available in your study account, discussion forum, or via emails. A short phone call can also be scheduled if necessary.

A discussion group is available for the program. You can post your questions in the group and other students may respond.

Generally, you do not need to purchase any books. All the resources that you need will be made available by the faculty in your account. If you do wish to have text books, then the faculty can recommend to you some, and you may purchase them on your own,

Each unit within each course will be followed by a short multiple-choice question test. Once you pass, the next unit will activate for you to study. You can take these tests as many times as you need to.

In addition, you will be required to submit assignments for each course. Assignments are like essay or paper writing, usually of 1000 – 1500 words. Guidelines on how to write them will be available in your account.

You can save the pdf study notes that will be provided for each unit. Videos and other multimedia content cannot be downloaded.

Once you are nearning the completion of your coursework, you will work with your mentor to finalize a topic. You will then work on your dissertation under the guidance of your mentor and submit it once complete. The word count required is a minimum of 15000 words. You may be required to defend the dissertation as per the applicable academic policies.

No, our degree does not mention that the program was conducted online.

A virtual graduation ceremony may be conducted for which you will be invited to join via video-conferencing. After this the completion documents are sent to your postal address by courier.

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