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Wellbeing: Mental Health and Neurobiology

In the medical sciences, you will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system in health and disease, and circadian rhythm as these relate to wellbeing and mental health. Earlier study in genetics and epigenetics will be re-visited to consider relationships between environment, genome and epigenome.

In the health sciences, the states of stress, anxiety and depression will be investigated at a societal level with a focus on systems of care, the law and the balance between autonomy and best interest. The concepts of deviation and bias will be explored as they are considered both positively and negatively by society.

The cases in this module will explore contemporary examples of rehabilitation, recovery and continuing care, contrasting physical trauma with different states of mental health. You will consider your own bias and perspectives and explore the underpinning values and ethical principles which interact in this area.

After completing this module you will be able to:

  1. Illustrate familiarity with the key concepts, principles and theories, which will support a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of wellbeing and mental health
  2. Identify the principles of rehabilitation, how these are applied and by what services
  3. Interrelate the factors, signs and symptoms that prompt investigations in mental health, how these are managed and by what services
  4. Describe how ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic factors are related to mental health
  5. Explore the link between wellbeing and environmental factors
  6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of circadian rhythm, central nervous system and to explore the relationships between physical and mental health
  7. To develop and use reasoning skills to engage with others to individually or collectively put forward ideas that can have a positive influence on local and global challenges in health

Hear from former module co-leader, Dr Oyinlola Oyebode about the module:


6 weeks

Teaching methods

You will learn through a mix of lectures, group discussions, interactive presentations, case based learning and technology enhanced learning.


1 x Multiple choice question examination
1 x Group presentation
1 x Synoptic exam