Public Mental HealthSemester Course

Major Discipline(s)
Pre-Medicine / Health Science, Psychology, Public Health
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

This course introduces you to the common mental disorders and their impact on daily life. We explore the different challenges faced by those with mental health conditions. Through peer-reviewed literature, policy briefs, popular media, and discussions with experts in the field, you will develop the necessary competencies to make a positive difference as future leaders promoting healthy populations. Furthermore, the course introduces you to peer-reviewed literature development, research methodology, as well as effective presentation methods.


Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Public Policy


Kathryn Badarin

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD, Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 2022. MSc, Global health, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 2018. BSc, Occupational Therapy, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom, 2008. Kathy previously worked as an Occupational Therapist (OT) and Mental Health Practitioner (MHP). She currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet. She joined DIS in 2024.

Aemal Akhtar

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2022. MSc, Epidemiology, McGill University, 2016. BSc, Biology & Psychology, McMaster University, 2011. Has been a consultant for the World Health Organization from 2021-present. Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales from 2017-2022. Also a Research Coordinator at McMaster University from 2016-2017. With DIS since 2023.