Mental Health and Child Development in Societies of Change, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 11 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #201 ,
This methodological multi-disciplinary Mental Health and Child Development in Societies of Change course at the University of Bergen will have mental health in focus.


This is one of six parallel PhD courses of the annual Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS). This interdisciplinary venue for exploring some of the greatest challenges of our time attract around one hundred PhD candidates, researchers and policy makers every year.

The primarly research perspective of this Mental Health and Child Development in Societies of Change course addresses: global health policies on mental health; health system integration strategies; mental health and culture (including bold exposures and risk factors such as forced migration); dealing with extreme burdens (such as war, crime, deprivation, undernutrition and abuse); alcohol and drugs; and child development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 11 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
    Participants are expected to write an essay (in a form of a publishable manuscript of 10-20 pages) to be submitted after the end of the summer school. This will give a total of 10 ECTS. 

    Deadline for submission will be decided your course leader.

    It is also possible to participate without producing an essay. This will give you 3 ECTS.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Mental Health and Child Development in Societies of Change
  • Assessment of mental health research methods relevant to children in LMIC
  • The role of (mental) health in international institutions and globalizing societies
  • International research progress on and research tools assessing ADHD, Autism
  • Child and adolescent mental health research in low-income settings
  • International research progress on and research tools assessing alcohol, illegal drugs and substance (ab)use
  • Preventive Mental Health Programs incl. ICDP.
  • Severe mental health disorders in a global health perspective
  • Neurology, harmful exposures on the brain in LMICs
  • An example for cross-cultural mental health research
  • Culture, Migration and Mental Health
  • Health system integration strategies


The courses are designed for PhD level and are open to:

  • Candidates currently enrolled in a PhD programme
  • Junior researchers — including those in their last stages of their master programme, with extensive working experience, and those who have recently completed their PhD or are enrolled in a post-doc programme.


Ingunn Marie S. Engebretsen, Professor, Centre for International Health, UiB (Course leader)

Professor Ingunn Engebretsen (UiB)

Ingrid Kvestad (UiB)

Maj-Britt Posserud (UiB)

Esperance Kashala Abotnes (UiB)

Arild Opheim

Else-Marie Loberg (AFR)

Vilde Skylstad

Patrick O'Loughlin (tbc)

Ketil Ødegaard (UiB)

Andrea Winkler 

Christine Ødegaard

Melf Kühl (UiB)

Gro Sandal (UiB)

David Sam (UiB) 

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

Upload the following documents.

  • Copy of your identity document (e.g. passport/ identity card/ driving license)
  • Transcript/diploma of the highest achieved degree
  • A letter of recommendation written and signed by your supervisor (written on official stationary of your institution)
  • A letter verifying your qualifications and current position, signed by the head of your institution/department (written on official stationary of your institution)
In order to participate, you need to have a good command of the English language. Full participation in the course-specific modules, reading of the provided literature prior to the summer school, and participation in all plenary events and roundtables is required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 443 International
  • EUR 443 EU/EEA

The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000


Read more information about funding opportunities on the university website. 

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