Exploring the Linkages between Mental Well-Being and Physical Health Outcomes
SUMMER SHORT COURSE
The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London (UCL) are launching a new summer short course exploring the linkages between mental well-being and physical health outcomes. The five-day course, target audience will be junior scholars (junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows) and doctoral-level graduate students, will provide attendees with a systematic and rigorous overview of the relationship between positive mental well-being and physical health, drawing on a variety of empirical methods with careful consideration of measurement issues.
Originally planned for July 2020, the course organizers made the decision to postpone the course launch until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The global health crisis provides an unexpected backdrop for our work, and throws into relief some key issues worthy of attention in the moment. The course, which partially focuses on identifying positive assets that promote health, including understanding critical components that underlie not only well-being but also resilience, is particularly relevant now. This seems an opportune moment to bring together what we know about well-being and resilience, and to share resources that will make it possible to learn more as the situation unfolds
The course will be run annually, alternating between UCL and Harvard T.H. Chan in Boston. The first course will be held at UCL in July 2021. The course will involve core faculty from both Universities. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, the course organizers are currently exploring options for offering the course in-person, virtually, or a combination of the two. A final decision on the course format will be made in early 2021, but we encourage you to apply early as space is limited on the course. Regardless of the format, there will be an option to participate in the course remotely (e.g. if we host the course in person, applicants will still have the option of participating virtually if they are not yet able to travel).
The course is interdisciplinary in nature, and will cover topics including epidemiology, genetics, interventions, social determinants, biobehavioural processes, and methodology. By providing state-of-the-art, evidence-based knowledge, the course aims to prepare and inspire a future generation of scholars and researchers to work in this field. Upon completion of the course, participants will have a solid understanding of recent research and discourse on the linkages between mental well-being and physical health outcomes, and will be prepared to use this information to inform their own education, research, and teaching. In addition, participants will begin to build an interdisciplinary network of potential partners and collaborators with shared interests in the field.
ABOUT THE COURSE
This course will draw on a variety of empirical methods with careful consideration of measurement issues to provide will provide attendees with a systematic and rigorous overview of the relationship between positive mental well-being and physical health
The course will consist of five full-days, running from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Monday to Thursday, and 9:00am – 3:30pm on Friday. There will be a mix of lectures, panel discussions, practical work, and round-table mentoring sessions
The summer short course is being organized in collaboration between the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL