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WashU: New Specialization Offered in Mental and Behavioral Health

Mental health issues are a leading cause of disability around the world, and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis is newly poised to offer training to students who can make a broad difference in the public-health arena to complement traditional clinical care.

Beginning in the fall of 2020, the school will offer a Mental and Behavioral Health Specialization that will equip students in its MPH program to promote mental and behavioral health through a transdisciplinary lens.

“This specialization is an excellent opportunity to tap into the wealth of expertise across our faculty in this field of study,” said Dr. Lora Iannotti, associate professor and associate dean for public health.  “We anticipate high demand among applicants and incoming students who are considerably more aware of this public health problem than in the past.”

Two new courses will be required for the specialization::

The specialization also will offer elective courses in both Transdisciplinary Problem Solving and traditional formats, as well as practicums focused on mental and behavioral health. Graduates will be well-prepared for careers involving research and in program and policy development related to mental and behavioral health.

The specialization will be led by Dr. Alexis Duncan, associate professor and a psychiatric epidemiologist with training in behavior genetics.

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