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Public Mental Health and Wellbeing: Measurements, Determinants and Promotion


Mental health makes a big impact on public health. Mental illness is now the most important cause of disability in the UK and it is very costly, mental wellbeing is central to our efforts to address health related lifestyles, social inequalities and care in chronic illness. This means that a sound knowledge of public mental health is now essential for public health practice.

Most public health professionals and many practitioners working in health care, social care or the 3rd sector will benefit from this course which offers:
  • A theoretical and practical map of this complex field including definitions, concepts, measurement, risk and protective factors
  • A thorough grounding in different approaches and interventions to promote mental health and prevent mental illness
  • A life course perspective
  • An understanding of the evidence base
  • The skills and knowledge to make an impact on your community’s mental health

Key Facts


Melissa Parkes / Cheryl Grantham / Nicky Tiwana

Module Leads:
Helena Tuomainen

Dawn Cannon

Duration:Two 2½ day blocks

Credits: 20

Module Code: MD941

How to apply

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Funding Opportunities

Who is the course for?

The course is for professionals and practitioners with an interest in public health and or mental health including people working in/with:

  • Public health
  • Social care
  • Mental health services
  • Education
  • Voluntary/community/ 3rd sector
  • Commissioners
  • GPs

People working in senior public health and clinical roles, public health Masters students and people working in related disciplines who want to move into public health have all benefitted from this course.


Our course seeks to enhance knowledge and skills in the mental health component of public health and complies with various current policies including No Health without Mental Health, The Marmot Review and the NHS 5 year Forward View. You can trust that you will be gaining the most up to date education in public mental health and wellbeing and will become skilled in making a real difference in this pre-eminent twenty first century issue.

Course content

This course draws on unique research currently being undertaken at the University of Warwick.

Module content includes:

  • Understanding Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing:
    • Definition and measurement
    • Social and cultural determinants
    • Family influences
    • Environmental influences
    • Economics of Mental Health
  • Interventions to Promote Public Mental health:
    • Mental Well-Being Impact Assessment (MWIA)
    • Parenting and family focused supports
    • School and community based approaches
    • Workplace wellbeing
    • Community approaches
    • Primary care mental health
    • Recovery and Integration
Induction module

Before completing the course, you will undertake our Induction and Professional Development module, introducing you to all the underpinning regulations, guidance and support available to you during your postgraduate study.


Evaluation of practical tasks, 4,000 word essay

Course dates

Next Course Start Date: 07/05/2024

Application Deadline: 06/04/2024

Teaching scheduled is provisional and may change. It is therefore advised that you check individual module pages in advance of teaching.

Study options

Available to study as part of the Master's in Public Health