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PSYC 240: Designing for the 2 Billion: Leading Innovation in Mental Health

Nearly 50% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental illness during their lifetime, and such conditions are expected to be the primary cause of disease burden globally by 2030 (World Health Organization). This course - the first university course on mental health innovation - empowers students of all backgrounds to confront contemporary challenges related to the U.S mental health crisis through curiosity, creativity, and strategy. During the quarter, students will gain foundational knowledge in mental health, develop skills necessary to apply that knowledge to solutions in a practical context, and interface with world-renowned experts in the industry. Students will also appreciate the role of cross-sector partnerships in mental healthcare leadership, and, by extension, develop effective communication, collaboration, and decision-making skills. This is partly facilitated by the course structure, which draws on students, faculty, and resources from across the University. Highly entrepreneurial and experiential, this course is ideal for future pioneers in a broad array of careers related to mental health. Students will collaborate in multidisciplinary teams among graduate schools and undergraduate majors to design and pitch a mental health intervention with the guidance of expert faculty and mentors to improve clinical validity and scalability of the idea. Interventions may range from designing a wearable device, to creating a school-based mental health intervention, to establishing better transitions of care for the incarcerated population. Please visit for updated information on guest lecturers. **Applications for the course are due on December 5. Students in all Stanford schools and programs are encouraged to apply! You will be notified by December 15. Please apply at:**
Last offered: Winter 2020 | Units: 4
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