International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services - 5th Edition

5th International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services -Application Form


NOVA Medical School (Faculdade de Ciências Médicas)

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa is a public university with internationally recognized research and teaching in a large range of areas (Economics and Management, Law, Medicine, Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, Statistics and Information Management, Technological Biology and Chemistry). The university has over 18.000 students, more than 4.000 of whom in Masters and PhD Programs.
The NOVA Medical School (Faculdade de Ciências Médicas) has a strong commitment to research, standing among the top centers in the country in areas related to chronic diseases and mental health.
The Department of Mental Health conducted most of the key studies on psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services research in the country (e.g. the national mental health survey and several European studies on the effectiveness of policy and services).
The Department also had a key role in the implementation of the national mental health policy, plan and legislation, and has extensively collaborated with WHO, European Union and other international organizations in global mental health initiatives. Members of the Department are currently leading the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform and the European Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, through the NOVA Medical School (Faculdade de Ciências Médicas) offers the 5th International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services (MHPS).

The Master receives technical contribution from:
■ World Health Organization (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse)
■ The International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights, Pune, India

SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
The International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services is addressed to health professionals willing to develop public health skills in the area of mental health.
The Master aims to provide general training in areas related to:
■ Formulation, implementation and evaluation of mental health policies, plans and programmes.
■ Organization and evaluation of mental health care and related services.
■ Formulation and implementation of Mental Health Service research.
■ Mental Health Law and Human Rights.

SOME FACTS
■ More than 300 million people suffer from mental disorders.
■ Mental disorders are much more common among the poor and they, in turn, increase poverty.
■ Refugees or displaced persons suffer from a broad range of mental disorders.
■ Rates of mental disorder tend to double after emergencies.
■ People exposed to major economic transitions are at risk for demoralization, alcohol, substance use and suicide.
■ Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents are estimated to have mental disorders or problems, with similar types of disorders being reported across cultures.
■ Depression is ranked as the leading cause of disability worldwide.
■ About 800 000 people commit suicide every year.
■ Mental disorders are among the risk factors for communicable and non-communicable diseases, and endanger their course and outcome.
■ Mental and behavioural factors and disorders are important for adherence to treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases.

MORAL ISSUE
■ Stigma about mental disorders and discrimination against affected persons and their families prevent people from seeking mental health care.
■ Human rights violations of psychiatric patients are routinely reported in most countries.
■ Few countries have a legal framework that adequately protects the rights of people with mental disorders.

DRAMATIC GAP
■ In spite of the availability of cost-effective treatment for most of those disorders a huge gap still exists between implementation and needs worldwide.
■ WHO - Atlas figures show that the majority of low and middle income countries have less than one psychiatrist and one psychiatric nurse per 100 000 population.
■ The majority of low and lower middle countries allocates less than 1% of their health budget to mental health.
■ The treatment gap is shocking and in some countries may reach 85% untreated cases.

NO HEALTH WITHOUT MENTAL HEALTH
■ Different criteria can be used to decide what health problem is, or should be, regarded as a public health priority but there is compelling evidence for prioritizing mental health.
■ It is therefore vital that innovative mental health Policies and Legislation be designed and become a harmonic part of health systems.
■ Plans and Programs should lead to effective and human care and service delivery.

CURRICULUM
The Master (MHPS) provides knowledge and skills for participants in the following areas:

  1. Basic elements of Public Mental Health including Mental Health of the Populations and Epidemiology of Mental Disorders;
  2. Basic elements of Research Methods and Statistics;
  3. Principles of Mental Health Policy and Plans formulation;
  4. Principles of Mental Health Legislation and Human Rights;
  5. Principles of Mental Health Services and CareDelivery organization;
  6. Basic elements of Mental Health Services Research;
  7. Information on worldwide models and experiences of Mental Health Policy and Services Organization.

THE PARTICIPANTS
The International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services (MHPS) aims at creating an international critical mass
of knowledgeable professionals able:
■ To effectively contribute to improving Mental Health Policy and Services in their own countries or in international settings.
■ To promote human rights and human rights driven legislation.

Applicants from Low and Middle Income countries are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should be:
■ Holders of a bachelor degree or legally equivalent qualification in the field of Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Sociology, Social Service as well as in other fields accepted by the Master Course’s Scientific Committee and approved by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Lisbon.
or
■ Holders of a foreign higher education degree, conferred following a 1st cycle of studies, organized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a subscribing Country, in the field of Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Sociology, Social Service as well as in other fields accepted by the Master Course Scientific Committee and recognized by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Lisbon as fulfilling the objectives of the Bachelor degree.
or
■ Holders of a foreign higher education degree in the field of Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Sociology, Social Service as well as in other fields accepted by the Master Course Scientific Committee and recognized by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Lisbon as fulfilling the objectives of the Bachelor degree.

STRUCTURE, CREDITS & TEACHING
The Master is a two-years course:

1st year - The course will start on 20 October 2014 with a two-week residential session (20-31 October), at the NOVA Medical School (Faculdade de Ciências Médicas) campus in Lisbon, during which the students will attend lectures, seminars and workshops. A second two-week residential session will take place in Lisbon, from 13 to 24 April 2015.
Between the two residential sessions, the students will participate in e-learning teaching activities (lectures, work exercises, essays) under the orientation of supervisors. 
2nd year - The second year of the Course will be dedicated to the development of a project
and the elaboration of the dissertation, under the orientation of a supervisor.

The International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services (MHPS) requires the attendance to the curricular units and the writing of:
■ an original scientific dissertation or
■ a work project or
■ a professional work placement report.
The duration of the course is two years, four semesters.
The number of credits necessary to obtain the master degree, according to the European Credit Transfer and accumulation of credits is 120.
The successful attendance of the first year of the Course, with 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), will award a Diploma from the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

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FACULTY
The teaching Faculty of the International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services (MHPS) is composed by Professors from the NOVA Medical School (Faculdade de Ciências Médicas) and Professors coming from other Universities, Research Centers or Public Health Organizations.

COORDINATION

Prof. José Miguel Caldas de Almeidais Professor of Psychiatry at the NOVA Medical School (Faculdade de Ciências Médicas), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. He was the Chief of the Mental Health Unit at the Pan American Health Organization, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, in Washington D.C., from 2000 to 2005. 
He was Temporary Adviser for WHO in Africa, Europe and Latin America, and currently is the Coordinator of the European Union Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Prof. Benedetto Saracenoholds an M.D. degree from the University of Milan and a postdoctoral degree in psychiatry from the University of Parma. He was the leader of the WHO special programme Nations for Mental Health (1996-99). He was Director of the Department of Mental Health at the World Health Organization, Geneva, from 1999 to 2010. 
In 2001 he was the leader of the WHO World Health Report on Mental Health. At present he is Associated Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Professor of Global Health at the NOVA Medical School (Faculdade de Ciências Médicas), and Coordinator of the Gulbenkian Global Mental Health Platform.

Faculty from NOVA University of Lisbontestemunho2
José Miguel Caldas de Almeida
Graça Cardoso
Bernardo Corrêa
Joaquim Gago
Manuel Gonçalves Pereira
Ricardo Gusmão
Pedro Pita Barros
Benedetto Saraceno
Miguel Xavier

Faculty from WHO
Daniel Chisholm
Nathalie Drew
Tarun Dua
Michelle Funk
Mark van Ommeren
Shekhar Saxena

International Faculty

Peter Anderson, Newcastle University
Ricardo Araya, University of Bristol, UK
Angelo Barbato, Istituto Mario Negri, Milano, Italy
Angelo Fioritti, Department of Mental Health, Bologna, Italy
Helen Killaspy, University College London, UK
Michael King, University College London, UK
Julian Leff, Institute of Psychiatry King’s College, London, UK
Itzhak Levav, Ministry of Health, Israel
António Leuschner, ICBAS, Oporto, Portugal
Alberto Minoletti, Escuela de Salud Publica, Santiago, Chile
John Mahoney, London (TBC)
Irwin Nazareth, University College London, London, UK
Grayson Norquist, University of Mississipi
Soumitra Pathare, International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights, Pune, India
Lakshmi Viajkumar, University of Melbourne and Griffith University, Australia

GENERAL INFORMATION

Duration 4 semesters
ECTS 120
Residential Sessions
Dates:
20-31 October 2014 and 13-24 April 2015
Enrollment deadline 20 July 2014
Admission procedures
The duly completed admission form may be submitted until 20 July 2014, together with:

a) Certified copy of graduate/postgraduate degree
b) Curriculum vitae (maximum of 10 pages)
c) A written statement of purpose of no more than 250 words
d) Letter from sponsoring organization (if applicable)
e) A copy of passport


Selection criteria
a) Classification in academic degrees, according to the European scale of comparability
b) Global assessment of the CV
c) An interview of the candidate can be made by the Scientific Board (by phone, if the candidates live abroad)
Vacancies The Masters Program will run with a minimum of 17 and a maximum of 30 students.
Fellowships A limited number of fellowships for international students will be available, covering the fees (partial or total amount). By submitting the application you are also automatically applying for Fellowship (there is no need to fill in a separate Fellowship request form). Since there is usually a high number of applicants for a Fellowship, we do advise you to individually research some other funding sources/sponsors.

Fees (the fees don’t cover the costs of travel and accomodation)
Application Fees €51
Registration Fees €35
Tuition Fees €5.000 (€3.100 euros at the admission; 950 euros until 31/3/2015 and 950 euros at the registration for the 2nd year)

The ECTS credits obtained in the International Masters Programme may be credited to the FCM Ph.D. Programme.

Information and Registration
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Faculdade de Ciências Médicas
Ms. Sónia Tavares
Divisão Académica - Secção de Pós-Graduação
Campo Mártires da Pátria, 130 · 1169-056 Lisboa - Portugal
Tel. +351 21 880 30 66 · Fax +351 21 880 30 68
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