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SSPH+ Lugano Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management
When: 26 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Organiser: SSPH+

SSPH+ Lugano Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management still has a few seats available for their courses in: 

Design, assessment, and implementation of policy, plans, and interventions 
for mental health


Better Health Faster:
Using Law and Policy Effectively in Public Health

Course: Design, assessment, and implementation of policy, plans, and interventions for mental health
Acquire competences for mental health policy and interventions 
Emiliano Albanese, University of Geneva , School of Medicine (CH)
Benedetto Saraceno, Director, Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health, NOVA University, Lisbon (PT)

At the end of the course participants will:

  • Know the key pending mental health issues and challenges in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Understand and master the principles, approaches, and objectives of the 2013-2020 WHO Mental Health Action Plan;
  • Be familiar with the existing experiences, evidence and good practices to inform the public health response to the population’s mental health needs;
  • Be able to contribute to the design of mental health policy, plans, and programs;
  • Be able to identify barriers and facilitators to inform and guide local implementation of mental health policies and plans;
  • Acquire competences for the design and assessment of complex interventions for mental health


  • Pending and pressing issues and challenges in public mental health
  • Mental Health Policy and Plans, and Mental Health Services
  • Identification and use of policy options for the implementation of mental health policies

See the course flyer for more information.


Course: Better Health Faster: Better Using the Law in Public Health
Learn how to better utilize the law in Public Health!

An international faculty (Switzerland, Colombia, USA, Cameroon) will provide an interactive approach to the latest knowledge in public health law research and its application.

The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with the tools they need to:

  • Mobilize public health law-related knowledge and capacity within their organization;s
  • Use and assess law and policy effectively through multidisciplinary team work within their organizations;
  • Use and assess the role of human rights norms related to the rights to health and accountability mechanisms in advancing public health goals.

The workshop will be built around two core concepts, the Transdisciplinary Model of Public Health Law and the Five Essential Public Health Law Services.

The “transdisciplinary model” unites two traditions of law-related work in public health:

  1. “Public health law practice”: the traditionally recognized lawyerly functions of normative and doctrinal research, counseling, and representation, which continue to be crucial to the effective operation of health organizations and systems; 
  2. “Legal epidemiology”: the legal work that public health professionals have done for decades without necessarily thinking of it as legal, including policy development, building support for new policies, enforcement, and monitoring and evaluation of legal interventions and the impact of laws on health.

At the end of the workshop, participants should have a strong grasp of the latest knowledge in public health law research, be able to put this knowledge into practice especially in terms of governance, policy-making, policy implementation and evaluation within their organizations and research. Ultimately they should have a reinforced capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams to enhance the effective use of law and policy solutions in their public health work.

See the course flyer for more information.

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