The Certificate in Population Mental Health and Wellbeing will prepare you to respond to the challenges of preventing and treating mental health and substance use conditions, and to promote overall mental well-being at a population level. You will addresses the unique problems that face behavioral health (i.e. mental health and substance use), such as misinformation and the stigma that interferes with help-seeking behaviors, lack of behavioral health training in the workforce, and a failure to invest in mental health promotion and early intervention.
This certificate is designed for those seeking to build expertise in behavior health issues and for members of the behavioral health workforce looking for a population-based perspective. It will introduce you to innovative, population-minded approaches to behavioral health issues and you will receive training on the epidemiology of mental and substance use disorders, population-based prevention and treatment strategies, integrative care models, policy and advocacy efforts.
|Required Certificate Core Courses
||Population Mental Health Systems, Policy, and Advocacy
|Social and Behavioral Factors and Health
*See the Elective List below for a full list of approved electives.1
By pursuing the certificate in Population Mental Health & Well-Being you will learn to:
- Describe the history of the behavioral health field
- Describe natural history, prevalence rates, risk and protective factors, clinical characteristics of major mental and behavioral health disorders
- Demonstrate an understanding of advocacy, policy, and integrated healthcare systems in behavioral health
- Specify unique characteristics of populations at-risk for behavioral health disorders based on culture, race/ethnicity, age, orientation, etc.
- Understand the evolution of mental health policy and services in the United States
- Describe the etiology, epidemiology, and social determinants of mental health disorders and mental illness
- Understand the role of culture, race/ethnicity, gender, poverty, and social justice in the experience and diagnosis of mental health problems
- Understand the relationship of mental health to common societal and public health problems.
- Identify basic concepts of fields related to epidemiology including demography, infectious disease, and preventive medicine.
- Specify applications of epidemiologic methods including infectious disease outbreak investigation and screening program design
- Identify and apply theories, concepts, and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines used in public health research and practice
- Describe the merits and limitations of social and behavioral science programs and policies for improving population health
- Identify strategies for engaging stakeholders in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs and policies.
||Intimate Partner Violence: Epidemiology, Theory & Prevention
||Maternal & Child Health
||Health & Human Rights
||Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness
||Injury & Violence Epidemiology & Prevention
||Applied Biostatistics II
||Design & Conduct of Clinical Research
||Methods in Research & Evaluation
||Program Planning & Implementation
|Colorado State University
||Global Mental Health: Theory & Method
||Mind, Medicine, and Culture
||Advanced Psychology: Health Psychology
|Methods-Focused Electives |
||Program Design & Implementation
||Prevention Program Evaluation
|University of Northern Colorado |
|Content-Focused Electives |
||Health Aspects of Aging
|Methods-Focused Electives |
||Program Planning & Evaluation
||Methods in Public Health Research & Evaluation
*See the Elective List below for a full list of approved electives.3
Learn more about the program here.4
- Students who complete the Certificate in PMHW are not
guaranteed admission to the MPH program. Students who complete the
Certificate in PMHW and later apply to the MPH program are eligible to
submit their transcript of completed certificate coursework in lieu of
- A maximum of 21 credits taken in the certificate may be transferred
into the MPH program. Of these 21, no more than 9 credits may be from
coursework taken as a non-degree student.
- Students interested in seeking an MPH concurrently or following
their certificate in Population Mental Health and Well-being can apply
no more than 9 credits toward both programs.
Review the admissions requirements here. Ready to apply? Visit SOPHAS Express to submit your application.6
Colorado School of Public Health
Office & Hours:
CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Fitzsimons Bldg, 3rd Floor
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.5