Community Psychiatry and Service Delivery

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Course Code: 
PSY 7313
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 3
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

Origins, development and characteristics of community psychiatry.  Psychosocial view of mental illness.  Contributions of epidemiological research. Social and personal support systems.  Social Policy.  The National Health Policy.  Promotion of mental health.  Prevention of mental illness.  Community-based mental health programmes.  Developing services for the acutely ill and chronically ill patient with schizophrenia, depression, alcohol and substance use disorders, learning disability, and geriatric psychiatric disorder. 

  • General aspects of the course shall include organisation, planning, implementation, monitoring ad evaluation of mental health services.  Training research and the management of mental health personnel, finances and facilities will be an integral component of the course.
  • General Administrative considerations in mental health service delivery in Uganda will be discussed.


Learning Outcomes: 

The course shall teach the foundations of community psychiatry and describe how this can be used in developing community-based mental health care programmes including economically deprived communities in the Ugandan context.

Community Psychiatry and Service Delivery
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