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Comparative Mental Health Policy & Practice in the United Kingdom and the United States

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Program Director:

Victoria Stanhope, MA, MSW, PhD; Associate Professor of Social Work


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar. Undergraduate tuition (senior BSW students only, must interview): Please review the University’s tuition structure for undergraduates:, paid to the Bursar. 
  • GeoBlue Insurance: $28.30. Enrollment in GeoBlue insurance (2018 rates TBA) is required for all students traveling outside of the United States for an NYU course.  The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll all students in GeoBlue insurance.
  • Estimated Housing: 2018 housing rates TBA.
  • Estimated Airfare to Glasgow: $800 (estimated, from New York; dependent upon booking date)
  • Meals: TBA.
  • Excursions: TBA.
  • Personal expenses: All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

about the program

  • Dates of Course: June 18-28, 2018.
  • Housing: TBA
  • Total Credits: 3 credits
  • Available for: Graduate Master's, Undergraduate Seniors, Non-Matriculated Students
  • Passport: Must be valid for 6 months beyond date of entry; must have at least 1 blank page
  • Prerequisites: SSWP 1 is a prerequisite for enrollment. This course can fulfill the advanced social policy course requirement or be taken as an elective.
  • Note for 16-month students: Students in the 16-month program are unable to be absent from field or class in the summer session; given the compressed nature of the program there is insufficient time available to make up missed field hours. 16-month students can, however, take a Jterm global course the winter of their second year, when they are on the same schedule as the two year program.
The course will be taught at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. This elective course takes a cross-cultural and cross-national approach to mental health, mental health services and policy in the United Kingdom and the United States. Informed by the social determinants of health framework, the course will focus on how mental health relates to issues of social and economic justice.
The first part of the course will compare and contrast the approach to social welfare in these two countries with a particular focus on the differing health care systems. Differences and similarities with regard to government role, funding and role of social workers will be explored. The second part of the course will present understandings of mental health within the global context, the social determinants of mental health, and mental health reform in the U.K and the U.S. We will focus on the promotion of integrated health care and mental health recovery in the two countries and their influence on practice and policy. The course will conclude with a discussion of social inclusion, comparing its meaning in U.S and the U.K and presenting innovative developments in the field aimed at including people with lived experience of mental illnesses in all aspects of society.

Global Program Application and Registration Process


The application for the summer 2018 course is now closed. Please check back in September to see our list of 2019 courses.

For General Inquiries Contact

Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Global and Lifelong Learning

Faculty Contacts

Victoria Stanhope, MA, MSW, PhD; Associate Professor of Social Work