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Short Courses and Summer Schools

The Department offers a variety of short courses in mental health research, policy, research methods and analytical tools. Courses are led and taught by senior members of the Health Service and Population Research department - each of whom is a recognised  expert in their field all over the world.


Epidemiology and Statistics for Mental Health Research
12 - 23 March 2018
This 10 day course provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of designing, conducting and interpreting research on mental health. Students are provided with a thorough grounding in core epidemiological principles and methods central to mental health research, as well as the appropriate statistical methods for data analysis. Computer based teaching introduces students to using STATA statistical software for data analysis and reporting.
Global Mental Health: Research and Action
26 - 29 June 2018

This four day course, designed and taught by members of the Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH), will provide participants with an in depth understanding of the issues encompassed by the discipline of Global Mental Health including: the public health significance of mental health in a global context; the challenges involved in scaling up evidence-based interventions to close the 'treatment gap' and the application of epidemiological and health systems research methodologies in furtherance of the global mental health agenda.

The course will also provide a fresh look at progress made towards achieving the aims of the global mental health agenda and present the findings of recent work undertaken by CGMH members.

Women's Mental Health Research
02 - 04 July 2018

This three day course aims to teach participants about research methods relevant to investigating risk factors and effectiveness of interventions for women’s mental health problems. The course will also provide practical guidance on safety and ethical issues in women’s mental health research. The course will be split into three key areas, covering an introduction to women's mental health and research methodologies on day one, perinatal mental health on day two and violence to women and mental health on day three. Participants will have the option of attending one, two or three days depending on their interests.

Economic Evaluation in Mental Health

05 - 06 July 2018

This two-day course aims to provide students with an understanding of economic evaluation in mental health and its relevance to policy and practice. Students will be introduced to the following concepts with examples from a range of mental health disorders;

• Types and methods of economic evaluation
• Identification, measurement and valuation of costs
• Measurement and valuation of outcomes
• Decision modelling for health economic evaluation

Health Service, Health Systems and Implementation Research in Mental Health

11 - 13 July 2018

This three day Summer School, run in collaboration with the University of Verona, will connect mental health in theory and practice and will apply methods to mental health service and public mental health research, which are not yet in widespread use in Europe within these fields, such as Implementation Science.
Implementation Science Masterclass
17 - 18 July 2018
This is a two-day course organised by the NIHR CLAHRC South London for health professionals, researchers, patients and service users who want to make sure health services routinely offer treatment and care that is based on the most recent research evidence. The Implementation Science Masterclass includes lectures from world-renowned experts in the field plus guidance to help participants work more effectively on their own implementation projects. 
1st Implementation Science Annual Research Conference
19 July 2018
The aim of this conference is to showcase the latest research in the field of implementation science applied to health care. It is an opportunity for applied-health researchers and policy makers to come together and share how best to implement evidence-based practice and clinical research within health services and systems.
An Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
23 - 26 July 2018

This four day course aims to provide students with an understanding of the principles and practice of using qualitative methods in health research. The course is intended to equip students with the adequate skills to design and conduct rigorous qualitative research. Course tutors will provide examples from their own extensive research to illustrate the application of qualitative research in the mental health field.

For further information about the above courses, please email:

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