Two international courses in the area of mental health


The WHO announce the following two international courses in the area of mental health:

The International Diploma on Mental Health, Human Rights and Law is currently accepting applications for the academic year 2015-16. The Diploma, now in its 8th year of existence, is a collaboration between WHO and the ILS Law College in Pune, India.  The course builds the capacity of students to advocate for human rights and to influence national legislative and policy and service reform in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other key international human rights standards. It is a one year Diploma and includes two residential sessions and distance learning. Students to date have comprised health and mental health professionals, lawyers, mental health service users/survivors, government officials, social workers, human rights defenders and families and carers.  The course is taught be a faculty of renowned international experts in the area.

More information about the Diploma is also available at:

The prospectus and application forms are available at:

The International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services, an international course promoted by the NOVA University of Lisbon in collaboration with WHO, is now currently accepting applications for the academic year 2015-2017.  The main scope of the Master Degree in International Mental Health Policy and Services (MHPS) is to build capacity of mental health professionals to lead and contribute to conceiving, formulating, implementing and evaluating:

  • National Mental Health Policy
  • National Mental Health Legislation
  • Mental Health Services and Care Delivery

The course will start on the 12th of October 2015, with a two-week residential session, at the Faculdade de Ciências Médicas campus in Lisbon. A second two-week residential session will take place in Lisbon, from 4th April 2016. Between the two residential sessions, the students will participate in e-learning teaching activities under the orientation of supervisors.

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.  Additional information about the Course can be found at the following site: