Introduction to Public Mental Health:

A course for professionals and enrolled students seeking to explore emerging issues in public mental health.

In-person 2-day interactive course to receive a certification of completion or course credit.
June 5-6, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Are you one of the following? Register today!

Mental and behavioral health affect all members of society and all aspects of life. It is estimated that 1 in 4 adults in the US suffer from a mental or behavioral disorder in a given year, and mental and neurological disorders reflect many of the top causes of disability worldwide. Unfortunately, suicide is among the leading causes of death for adolescents and emerging adults in the US. Further, physical health challenges can lead to mental health challenges, and vice versa. Thus, it is critical that approaches to public health are informed by public mental health.

This course will cover questions of prevalence, specific communities affected, causal frameworks, prevention and treatment intervention strategies, and services and policy considerations, through a public health frame with emphasis on a life course perspective and health equity.

This is an in-person 2-day interactive course that will be offered from June 5-6, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Rollins School of Public Health. An additional 2-hour virtual session will be scheduled before June 30 based on a mutually agreed upon time for final discussion and course wrap-up. REGISTER NOW AS SPOTS ARE LIMITED AND WILL FILL QUICKLY.

  • Explore mental disorder constructs, classification systems, and measurable features.
  • Define ways to measure and communicate population burden estimates for mental disorders.
  • Describe the populations most affected by mental and behavioral health issues.
  • Examine how different etiologic frameworks in mental health inform prevention intervention, and policy.
  • Examine social determinants of mental health.
  • Review prominent treatment strategies for mental health disorders.
  • Explore the design, evaluation, and implementation of preventive interventions.
  • Examine the types of mental health service provision, barriers to care, and the role of policy.

Course Options


Who this is for:
Professionals and Emory Alumni, including:

  • Researchers who want to explore the integration of mental and physical health.
  • Public health practitioners who want to examine best practices for mental health prevention intervention approaches.
  • Public health practitioners who want to understand various mental health treatment frameworks at the population level.
  • Professionals seeking to understand current issues related to access to mental health services
  • Professionals interested in participating in the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Rollins School of Public Health.

Cost: $500

CLICK HERE to submit your application and register today!


Who this is for:
Current Degree Seeking Students

If interested in enrolling in this course, please register through OPUS . For any questions, please reach out to your assigned ADAP . Register for BSHES 585 Introduction to Public Mental Health (BSHES 585)

Special Standing Professionals*
Professionals currently with special standing status at Rollins School of Public Health may register by contacting If you are interested in applying for special standing status, visit our website to learn more.

Cost: $2,370 ( Pricing excludes University fees)
* Emory employees may be eligible for Courtesy Scholarship. Please visit Employee Benefits page to learn more.


Lead Faculty

Daniele Fallin
M. Daniele Fallin, PhD
James W. Curran Dean of Public Health
Professor, Epidemiology

Delia Lang
Delia Lang, PhD, MPH
Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Professor, Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences (BSHES)

Guest Lecturers

Benjamin Druss
Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH
Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health
Professor, Health Policy and Management

Don Operario
Don Operario, PhD
Rollins Distinguished Professor and Chair
Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences

Elizabeth Walker
Elizabeth Walker, PhD, MPH, MAT
Director of Graduate Studies
Director, Office of Evidence Based Learning
Associate Professor, Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences

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