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Global Mental Health: A Discipline Comes of Age – March 5

February 16, 2010
N-259, 2009-10

The NYU Master’s Program in Global Public Health will hold a panel discussion on “Global Mental Health: A Discipline Comes of Age” on Friday, March 5, including a keynote presentation by Vikram Patel, professor of international mental health at the London School of Tropical Medicine and  Hygiene.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the NYU Vanderbilt Hall, Room 204, at 40 Washington Square South, New York, N.Y.

Mental health has been missing from the global health agenda.  And yet common disorders such as depression are responsible for more years lost to disability than any other illness, and contribute to a range of other deleterious health and social outcomes.  These disorders are woefully ignored in developing countries despite posing significant burdens, and despite affordable solutions.  Crafting solutions means engaging in innovative approaches to deliver care, in important questions as to how to measure the nature and impact of illness, and the other outcomes, and in challenges to address the social determinants of well-being.  The purpose of this event is to introduce basic findings, methods, problems, and potential impact and future directions, of this new field of global mental health. The panel at this event features:

  • Vikram Patel, MSc, MRCPsych, PhD, FMedSci (Keynote) Professor of International Mental Health, Welcome Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Tropical Medicine, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London and Sangath Centre, Goa, India

  • Gary Belkin, MD, PhD (Discussant) Associate Professor and Director, Program in Global Mental Health – NYU School of Medicine

  • Moderated by: Deborah Padgett, PhD, MPH Professor of Social Work – NYU Silver School of Social Work

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP please visit here.


About the NYU Master’s Program in Global Public Health

In response to the recognition that no single disciplinary approach is sufficient to respond to today’s complex global health challenges, five of New York University’s premier professional schools collaboratively offer the NYU Master’s Program Global Public Health, awarding the Master of Public Health degree (M.P.H). The program prepares professionals with advanced degrees from multiple disciplines to play leadership roles in promoting global health. Graduates of the program are uniquely qualified to lead multidisciplinary initiatives to enhance the health status of individuals and communities around the world. For more information, visit the program website.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Events and Traditions, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: Robert Polner | (212) 998-2337

Global Mental Health: A Discipline Comes of Age – March 5

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