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Topics and Techniques in International Population Health: Global Population Studies of Mental Health

Course Date: June 9

Days: Th (11:00 AM-2:00 PM)

International and comparative population research is a key cornerstone of population science and demography. International and comparative research is essential: 1. to learn the variations in population dynamics across different populations; 2. to predict the future of global population trends; and 3. to test hypotheses across widely varying context and determine the limits on forces producing population change. This five-day workshop on international and comparative population research begins with a review of the field and deep-dive into data creation for this science. Although students are encouraged to attend all 5 days of the workshop, students may attend any combination of the 5 days to meet their training needs. Each day of the workshop is structured as an independent, ½-day, short course. Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) will be used as a featured example and compared to other international population studies as appropriate for the topics. The workshop will meet daily June 6 – June 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m, Eastern Standard Time. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

This is the fourth day of a 5-day workshop on international research using the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) as a featured case study. This short course introduces students to the intersection of community context and common mental disorders – such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorders – that are the leading causes of disease burden in the world today. After introducing the epidemiology of and public health significance of global mental health, the course will expose students to primary measurement concerns related to global mental health studies. The course will then introduce students to available datasets, with a case study using the Chitwan Valley Family Study World Mental Health Composite International Diagnostic Interview – Nepal (WMH-CIDI Nepal). This course will challenge students to think critically about the existing literature and available data in this area, and about the role of culture, context and stigma in shaping global population studies on mental health.  For more information on the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), visit: https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/. Support for this workshop is provided by NICHD (R25 HD101358).

For funding information please visit,  https://cvfs.isr.umich.edu/news/