Mental Health Promotion across the Life-span MED5449

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore ways in which mental health difficulties can manifest across the life-span. The course will also critically discuss ways in which awareness can be heightened and interventions adapted to promote mental health in particular age-groups (e.g. mothers and babies, adolescents and older adults).


Delivered as a series of lectures online.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





50% Essay (2000 words)



50% pre-recorded podcast with a maximum duration of 7 minutes. In addition, to the podcast a single page flow diagram/PowerPoint presentation slide summarising the topics addressed in the podcast should be submitted along with a reference list should also be submitted.

Course Aims

The aim of this course, through distance learning, is to enable students to take an across the life-span approach to mental health issues. This course also aims to highlight the importance of maternal health and finally aims to address some of the challenges associated with developing strategies to promote mental health across the life-span.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

* Critically discuss locally appropriate strategies to enhance child well-being, with specific focus on attachment security, early intervention and protection from abuse.
* Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of maternal mental health and wellbeing within a global c
* Critically appraise the challenges associated with the mental health promotion in an aging population in the global context.

* Critically assess the importance of taking an "across the lifespan approach" to mental health promotion, prevention and
 intervention, with specific focus on children, adolescents, women and older adults.
* Critically discuss the ethical and methodological challenges of researching and empowering disadvantaged, vulnerable and/or marginalised groups.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.