International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services - 6th Edition

6th International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services - Application Form

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:

Basic elements of Public Mental Health including Mental Health of the Populations and Epidemiology of Mental Disorders;
Basic elements of Research Methods and Statistics;
Principles of Mental Health Policy and Plans formulation;
Principles of Mental Health Legislation and Human Rights;
Principles of Mental Health Services and CareDelivery organization;
Basic elements of Mental Health Services Research;
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 October 12, 2015 with a two-week residential session (October 12 - 23), 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 April 4 to 15, 2016.
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 project work 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 Transferring 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 Centres or Public Health Organizations.

COORDINATION

Prof. José Miguel Caldas de Almeida is Professor of Psychiatry at 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 Saraceno holds 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 Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Benedetto Saraceno, Nova Medical School
Bernardo Corrêa, Nova Medical School
Graça Cardoso, Nova Medical School
Joaquim Gago, Nova Medical School
José Miguel Caldas de Almeida, Nova Medical School
Julian Perelman, National School of Public Health
Manuel Gonçalves Pereira, Nova Medical School
Miguel Xavier, Nova Medical School
Teresa Maia Correia, National School of Public Health

International Faculty
Alberto Minoletti, Escuela de Salud Publica, Santiago, Chile
Angelo Barbato, Istituto Mario Negri, Milano, Italy
Angelo Fioritti, Department of Mental Health, Bologna, Italy
Emiliano Albanese, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Helen Killaspy, University College London, UK
Itzhak Levav, University of Haifa, Israel
Julian Leff, Institute of Psychiatry King’s College, London, UK
Pedro Gabriel Delgado, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Peter Anderson, Newcastle University, UK
Ricardo Araya, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Ruth Bell, University College London, UK
Soumitra Pathare, International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights, Pune, India
Vladimir Carli, Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Faculty from WHO
Daniel Chisholm
Mark van Ommeren
Michelle Funk
Natalie Drew
Shekhar Saxena

TESTIMONIALS

Italy - Michele De Francesco, Psychiatrist
For me it was an important experience, a chance to professional and human compare, with so many stories to hear, the chance to know the reality of countries as diverse and far away and that perhaps, unfortunately, I will not have the opportunity to visit.

Bangladesh - Noor Giasuddin, Psychiatrist
From the time I submitted application for the course, the university authority took a one to one approach to assist me in the process. The atmosphere from the airport to hostel and classes has an excellent tone of novelty and homeliness. The beauty of the city, its easy transportation, the view of the Tagus river all are wonderful. Throughout the time from acceptance of application to end of the 1st residential session the university authority left no stone unturned to assist us in academic and extracurricular activities. I feel every student will enjoy the course to the optimum.

Mozambique - Palmira Santos, Clinical Psychologist
Given that mental health has been left to the background in many countries, especially in developing countries, a Master that has among its objectives to expand the horizons in order to improve the quality of services and preserving the human rights of people with mental disorder and the integration of mental health in primary care, is undoubtedly a big achievement. The creation of an international class with professionals from different latitudes and environments, allows a unique workshop, which, along with the remarkable faculty that guides the course, will certainly result in added value in students professional and personal lives.

Lebanon - Rabih El Chammay, Psychiatrist
The International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services was exactly what I needed. 
The variety of topics covered, the calibre of the faculty members, and the flexibility of the design as to being mainly an elearning process is a very successful mix. This program is just what I feel is needed for me in order to be able to learn how to address stigma related to mental disorders, promoting mental health, integrating mental health into primary health care services, designing and conducting research with limited resources, abiding by ethical guidelines, in developing countries, with the ultimate goal of using this research to lobby for the needed changes in laws and policies.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Duration 4 semesters
ECTS 120
Residential Sessions
Dates:
October 12-23, 2015 and April 4-15, 2016
Enrollment deadline 20 July 2014
Admission procedures
The duly completed admission form may be submitted until 31 July 2015, together with:

a) Certified copy of graduate/postgraduate degree, according to the scientific field required
b) Curriculum vitae
c) A written statement of purpose of no more than 250 words
d) Letter from sponsoring organization (if applicable)
e) A copy of the passport
f) A photo

Selection criteria
a) Classification in academic degrees, according to the European scale of comparability
b) Global assessment of the CV
c) The Scientific Board may require an interview of the candidate (by phone, if the candidates live abroad)

Vacancies: The Masters Programme 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).
Application Fee: 51 Euros
Registration Fee: 35 Euros
Tuition Fees: 5,000 Euros (3,100 Euros at the admission; 950 Euros until 31/3/2016 and 950 Euros at the registration for the 2nd year)

The fees don’t cover the costs of travel and accommodation.

The knowledge of English is mandatory.

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
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