Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery

Mental health in humanitarian settings and in low- and middle-income countries  (Corso Elettivo)

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Name of lecturers
Corrado Barbui, Marianna Purgato
Corrado Barbui
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
2° semestre 1°- 5° anno dal Feb 17, 2020 al May 29, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course explores key issues related to the mental health of people living in humanitarian settings, with particular emphasis to intervention strategies covering the treatment of mental disorders, but also preventative and promotion interventions in a public global health perspective. The course will present the scientific terminology currently used to define the most prevalent psychological conditions in humanitarian settings, and the evidence on the effectiveness of treatment and preventative interventions in children and adults. These contents will be summarized within a clinical framework, including the production and use of international evidence-based guidelines.


Definition of humanitarian setting and prevalence of mental disorders
Evidence-based strategies for the treatment of mental disorders
Evidence-based strategies for preventing mental disorders
Promotion of psychological well-being
Evidence summary: treatment, prevention, and promotion of psychological well-being

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
William W Eaton Public mental health New York, NY : Oxford University Press, ©2012 2012 Available at the library of the Section of Psychiatry

Assessment methods and criteria

Based on attendance.

Lessons will be held at:
Biblioteca della Sezione di Psichiatria, Palazzina di Psicosomatica (Centro OMS), Ospedale Policlinico GB Rossi.

4 Marzo 2020 ore 17,30 (2 ore)
11 Marzo 2020 ore 17,30 (2 ore)
18 Marzo 2020 ore 17,30 (2 ore)
25 Marzo 2020 ore 17,30 (2 ore)
1 Aprile 2020 ore 17,30 (2 ore)

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