LAHORE - The Lahore University of Health Sciences (UHS) and the Portugal Nova University Lisbon (NUL) will collaborate on running an International Master’s programme in Mental Health Policy and Services.

The Nova University is already offering this course in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence of the World Health Organization.

The participants of this joint master’s programme will be drawn largely from the low and middle-income countries of WHO Eastern Mediterranean region, particularly focusing on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Djibouti and Sudan.

Initially the course would admit 20 participants, using a selection criteria mutually agreed by UHS and NUL. An agreement in this regard was reached during a recent visit of UHS member Board of Governors Prof Malik Hussain Mubbashar and member Academic Council Prof Mowaddat Hussain Rana to Nova University Lisbon.  Regarding the programme Prof Mubbashar told that course was being launched for the first time in the region. He said that public mental health is an area not adequately covered in traditional academic curricula.