Mental Health LeadershipTransformation Through Innovation

  • Online
  • November 1215, 2024
  • $2,900


The importance of reducing the mental health care gap has never been more critical. The current reality of limited financial resources, stigma associated with mental health problems, and too few professionals to support the vast mental health needs of the population means that professionals and organizations have an obligation to innovate mental health care delivery.

Mental Health Leadership: Transformation Through Innovation is based on decades of real-world experiences of the lead Harvard faculty and encompasses a range of themes related to the core mission of scaling-up mental health care and realizing mental health progress. This interactive executive education course will introduce the reasons for the current state, key innovations which can transform mental health care and discuss how these might be scaled up both globally and in the United States.

Join us as expert Harvard faculty cover the most pressing topics health care professionals are facing today, including: the social determinants of mental health problems; a life course approach to addressing mental health problems; mental health in the workplace and in humanitarian settings; innovative models of mental health care delivery; the application of digital technologies in mental health care; a rights-based approach to mental health care; and more. Ultimately, participants will learn the value of redesigning the architecture of care, resource investments and accountability to benefit your system.

Learn From Prominent Leaders in Mental Health

Mental Health Leadership: Transformation Through Innovation will use a range of teaching methods, including case studies, short lectures, and small group discussions. After attending the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the mental health care systems that they are familiar with
  • Contribute knowledgeably and effectively in developing transformative policies and programs for mental health care
  • Implement a plan for transforming mental health care systems

Objectives & Highlights


  • Understand the state of mental health problems globally and in the U.S.
  • Develop insights into the reasons for limited progress in realizing mental health equity
  • Understand the key principles of transforming mental health care in diverse settings
  • Identify the key policy actions needed to transform mental health globally


  • Dynamic and interactive sessions led by expert Harvard faculty
  • Foster personal and organizational growth through small group discussions with like-minded peers
  • Become aware of the latest developments in evidence-based programs across the world
  • Advance your executive and leadership skills in strengthening mental health care services

Credits and Logistics

Continuing Education Credit

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will grant 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program, equivalent to 16 contact hours of education. Participants can apply these contact hours toward other professional education accrediting organizations.

All credits subject to final agenda.


Current faculty, subject to change.

Vikram Patel, BS, MB, PhD

Program Director

November 1215, 2024
Harvard University

The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
Harvard Medical School

Giuseppe Raviola, MD, MPH

Program Director

November 1215, 2024
Associate Director of the Chester M. Pierce
MD Division of Global Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital

Director of Mental Health
Partners in Health

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, and of Global Health and Social Medicine
Director of the Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change
Harvard Medical School

Shekhar Saxena, MD

Program Director

November 1215, 2024
Former Director
Mental Health
World Health Organization

Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health
Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


November 12 – 15, 2024

All Times are Eastern Time (ET).

Tuesday, November 12, 2024
8:30–9:00 am Welcome and Classroom Technology Orientation
9:00–11:00 am The Need for Transforming Mental Health
11:00–11:15 am Break
11:15 am–1:15 pm Addressing the Social Determinants of Mental Health Problems
Wednesday, November 13, 2024
9:00–11:00 am Person-Centered Mental Health Care
11:00–11:15 am Break
11:15 am–1:15 pm Care by Non-Specialists
Thursday, November 14, 2024
9:00–11:00 am Rights-Based Perspective on Mental Health
11:00–11:15 am Break
11:15 am–1:15 pm Role of People with Lived Experience
Friday, November 15, 2024
9:00 am–1:00 pm Use of Digital Technology for Mental Health Care
11:00–11:15 am Break
11:15 am–1:15 pm Policy Actions to Transform Mental Health

This agenda is subject to change.

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Who Should Participate

This program is designed for practitioners, policy advisors, health administrators, service planners, business leaders, and civil society organization executives with a responsibility for mental health. Participants may hold titles such as:

  • Director of mental health
  • Administrator of mental health
  • Mental health consultant
  • Commissioner of mental health
  • Chief mental health officer
  • Public health planners
  • Human resource director
  • Director of Patient Relations
  • Psychologist or Counselor