International Coursework


The International Diploma on Mental Health, Human Rights and Law is currently accepting applications for the academic year 2015-16. The diploma, now in its eighth year, is a collaboration between the World Health Organization and the ILS Law College in Pune, India. The course builds the capacity of students to advocate for human rights and to influence national legislative and policy and service reform in line with the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other key international human rights standards. It is a one-year diploma and includes two residential sessions and distance learning.

Students to date comprise health and mental health professionals, lawyers, mental health service users/survivors, government officials, social workers, human rights defenders, families and careers. The course is taught be a faculty of renowned international experts in the area.

More information about the diploma is also available at

The prospectus and application forms are available at

In addition, the Open Society Institute (OSI) will provide funding for two students from Central and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to participate in the course. These are fully funded fellowships and include tuition fees, travel, accommodations and living expenses for the residential sessions. If you are interested and qualify for this grant, please state on your application that you wish to be considered for the OSI fellowships.


The International Master in Mental Health Policy and Services, an international course promoted by the NOVA University of Lisbon in collaboration with WHO, is currently accepting applications for the academic year 2015-2017. The main scope of the Master Degree in International Mental Health Policy and Services (MHPS) is to build capacity of mental health professionals to lead and contribute to conceiving, formulating, implementing and evaluating:

  • national mental health policy
  • national mental health legislation
  • mental health services and care delivery

The course will start Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, with a two-week residential session, at the Faculdade de Ciàªncias Médicas campus in Lisbon. A second two-week residential session will take place April 4 in Lisbon. Between the two residential sessions, the students will participate in e-learning teaching activities under the orientation of supervisors.

The second year of the course will be dedicated to the development of a project and the elaboration of the dissertation, under the orientation of a supervisor. Additional information about the course can be found at the following site: