Through this course we 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.


Who Should Apply?

The course will target, junior scholars (postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty), early career researchers and graduate students (masters and doctoral level) in epidemiology, social science, medicine, psychology or related areas, as well as those involved in policy decisions. Although academics of all levels are welcome to apply. Each year, we anticipate accepting approximately 40 applicants to attend the course. This relatively small number will help ensure that students have sufficient time for interacting in a meaningful way with their peers and with the course faculty. All teaching will be in English, so course participants should be fluent and comfortable communicating and reading in English.

Through their involvement with the course, participants will gain concrete skills on the different ways of measuring well-being and evaluating linkages between mental well-being and physical health. In addition, they will gain knowledge related to the social and biological processes that are relevant to the linkages between social, psychological, and physical health. At the end of the course week, participants will receive certificates of completion signed by the course leaders. The course organizers are currently looking into possible options for accreditation, including CME, both in the US and in Europe.

Application Process

Those interested in applying to participate in the course will be encouraged to do so via an online form, through which they will need to confirm that they meet the minimum requirements for attending. The minimum requirements include:

(1) enrolled in a relevant doctoral degree program or has completed a doctoral degree in a relevant field and

(2) evidence of relevant research or academic experience.

In addition to the online form, applicants will be asked to submit an updated CV and a one-page statement of motivation. The course leaders and faculty will evaluate the applications using a rubric developed for this purpose.

Applications are due on the 30th April 2021 and will be considered on a rolling basis. Apply early as space is limited. 


Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, the course will be offered virtually in 2021.


The fee for week-long remote participation will be £1,500. Remote tuition costs will cover course participation, licenses to required pre-course reading, and course materials.


Applicants who are graduate students and/or from low- and middle-income countries are eligible to apply for a £700 discount. Those who are interested in applying for this discount will have an opportunity to do so as part of the course application. A limited number of discounted tuition spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you are encouraged to apply early.


This short course focuses on the relationship between positive mental well-being and physical health, drawing on a variety of empirical methods with careful consideration of measurement issues.


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

677 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115


University College London

Gower Street

London, WC1E 6BT


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