How can we improve access to mental health treatment for all?

Join our online Global Mental Health short course and get a better understanding of mental health service provision around the world.

You’ll learn about:

  • the mental health treatment gap
  • policies aimed at reducing the burden of mental health difficulties worldwide
  • the challenges of providing effective mental health services and evidence-based treatments where these are currently less developed
  • the social and cultural factors that influence the development of mental health services.

You’ll also explore the mental health consequences of emergencies, and their effects on populations such as internally displaced people, refugees, and survivors of disasters.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This course is part of our accredited MSc in Psychological Studies. You can use the credits you earn on the course towards this Masters qualification.

Who is this global mental health course for?

This distance-learning course is open to anyone interested in mental health, wellbeing, and global health.

You do not need qualifications or previous experience in the field of psychology to join us for this course.

What you’ll study

In the first part of the course, you’ll focus on the development and goals of global mental health.

You’ll cover:

  • challenges regarding access to mental health resources in different settings
  • the burden of mental health disorders
  • the mental health treatment gap
  • how we address inequalities in mental health provision around the globe
  • mental health issues impacting populations such as internally displaced people, refugees, and survivors of disasters.

In the second part of the course, you’ll cover:

  • the role and value of prevention and early intervention in mental health care
  • how we can improve access to mental health treatment globally, through both clinical practice and capacity building.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Identify and discuss the development and challenges of global mental health.
  • Assess the key reasons for the differences between mental health systems and resources across different contexts.
  • Critically evaluate the factors that contribute to the mental health treatment gap.
  • Investigate the factors that contribute to the burden of disease and mental health disorders.
  • Reflect on how access to mental health provision can be improved and how this might be put into practice.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning Global Mental Health course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

This course is taught at Masters level by our School of Psychology.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from practising psychologists with extensive experience of clinical psychology in practice, and also teaching at university level.

You’ll also learn from your fellow students. You’ll be studying online alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds who may be based all over the world.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our accredited:

This on-campus Masters degree is:

  • accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • designed to introduce graduates from other disciplines to the study of psychology, as your first step to pursuing a career in psychology.

Build your learning

This course is part of our series of online mental health and wellbeing courses.

Use these short courses to build your skills and earn more credits towards postgraduate psychology qualifications:

All these online courses are part-time and fit around full-time work.


Whatever your industry, you’ll gain career-enhancing skills and expertise on this course.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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