MPH Context Certificate: Mental Health and Substance Use

This 12-credit certificate provides foundational training in the conceptual frameworks, knowledge, and technical skills necessary to understand how mental illness and substance use disorders develop, are manifested, and treated. Utilizing a multi-determinants, population-based public health perspective, students will develop expertise in assessing, preventing, and reducing mental illness and unhealthy substance use, and in promoting mental health and wellness.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Develop a population-based understanding of mental health and unhealthy substance use, using the life course perspective and multi-level framework that emphasize behavioral, social, and structural antecedents and consequences of mental health and substance use.
  • Evaluate empirical evidence to describe the burden of mental illness and substance use on individuals, families, communities, and society.
  • Apply theories and evaluate empirical evidence on the social determinants of mental health and illness.
  • Develop skills in the design, implementation, and evaluation of prevention and harm reduction strategies that address mental health and substance use.
  • Propose strategies for promoting mental wellness, building resilience, and supporting substance use recovery in medical and community settings.

Course Requirements

  • SB 780 Mental Health and Public Health: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Perspective (4 cr) or SB 785 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use: People, Populations, and Policies (4 cr)*
  • Choose 8 credits from the following:
    • EP 790 Epidemiology of Mental Health (2 cr)
    • GH 765 Cross-Cultural Approaches to Mental Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (2 cr)
    • LW 854 Mental Health Law (4 cr)
    • MC 782 Women and Substance Use (2 cr)
    • MC 800 Preventing Mental Health Disorders Among Women, Children, and Adolescents (2 cr) (alternate years)
    • PM 758 Introduction to Mental Health Services (2 cr)
    • PM 785 Mental Health Advocacy (2 cr)
    • SB 730 Stress as a Public Health Problem (2 cr)
    • SB 832 Trauma, Trauma-Informed Care, Recovery & Resilience (4 cr)

*If students take both SB 780 and SB 785, one will serve as a required course, and the second will serve as an elective.