Scaling Up Mental Health Care Services

Certificates of Specialization:Mental Health Leadership
  • Online
  • October 4, 2022November 3, 2022
  • $2,800


Mental Health Care Leadership: Certificate of Specialization comprises three programs, taught by local and international Harvard faculty embracing both empirical evidence and real-world lessons. It is a training and mentoring program where leaders from around the world can empower their organizations to scale-up evidence based and innovative programs to address the mental health needs of their communities with knowledge, skills, and support.

Scaling Up Mental Health Care Services is the second course offered within the Certificate of Specialization on Mental Health Leadership. Its focus is to broaden the support of those who need mental health care services by giving current and future health care leaders the core skills needed to make those changes in their organizations. This includes, but is not limited to nurturing collaborations, understanding policy analysis and planning, and developing and managing various resources.

Those who complete both Scaling Up Mental Health Care Services and Foundations of Mental Health Care—the certificate’s initial course—are invited to join a third program: a peer-learning collaborative to support and learn from one another as they embark on their journey of being champions for mental health.

Learn From the Experts

Scaling Up Mental Health Care Services will be led by renowned faculty who have held both public health research and real-world leadership roles. Core instructors include Shekhar Saxena, former Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization, Vikram Patel, co-leader of GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard, and Giuseppe Raviola, Director of Mental Health for Partners In Health (PIH), and the Director of the Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change (PGMHSC) at Harvard Medical School.

Objectives & Highlights

Course Learning Objectives 

  • To understand the core skills needed to realize a leadership role within health and related sectors to enhance mental health of populations 
  • To strengthen the skills for policy analysis and planning, innovative organization and management of services, human and financial resources mobilization, monitoring, accountability and sustainability of strategies and programs aimed at enhancing mental health 
  • To strengthen the skills for establishing and nurturing collaboration with diverse sectors and organizations to scale up mental health services 

Program Highlights 

  • Enjoy highly dynamic and interactive sessions in a personal environment led by expert 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 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program. Specific credit counts will be published when available; please check back for updated information. 

All credits subject to final agenda. 

All participants will receive a Certificate of Specialization upon completion of the program. 


Current faculty, subject to change.

Vikram Patel, BS, MB, PhD

Program Director

Harvard University

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

Giuseppe Raviola, MD, MPH

Program Director

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

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


October 4, 2022 – November 3, 2022

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This agenda is subject to change. All times listed are in Eastern Time (ET).

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Creating Space for Mental Health in the Policy Agenda
Thursday, October 6, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Scaling Up Community-Based Workforce
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Strengthening Financial Resources and Utilizing Them Effectively
Thursday, October 13, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Building Coordinated and Collaborative Care Systems
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Engaging and Empowering Persons with Lived Experience
Thursday, October 20, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Widening the Net: Collaborating with Other Sectors
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Using Media for Advocacy and Engagement
Thursday, October 27, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Acting Effectively and Building Back Better in a Humanitarian Crisis
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Inspiring and Sustaining Motivation of the Team
Thursday, November 3, 2022
12:00–1:00 pm Measuring the Impact and Fostering a Continuous Learning System

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 

Human resources director