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GMH Application Form 2020-2021

The application consists of two parts: the Program Application Form and a Statement of Purpose. The application deadline is July 1, 2020.

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The Admissions Committee will read your statement with great care. Your statement should be written by you alone and represent your original work. The statement should be typed and approximately 1000 words. Please email your application as a Word .doc/.docx or .pdf file. In your statement please discuss:

  1. Your background – how your experiences (education, work, etc.) have prepared you for this program
  2. Your objectives in taking this program – your professional goals, interests you have
  3. Your decision in applying to this program – why you think there is a good fit between your objectives and our program.


Health care workers including doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other public health professionals; policy planners, lawyers, human rights advocates, humanitarian aid workers, educators, and journalists working with populations that are survivors of violence or disaster.


Several criteria will be used to assess eligibility for the Certificate Program, including:

  • Graduate level degree (i.e. Master’s or Doctoral degrees) and experience in the health related sector
  • Prior experience in the field of health and mental health and other related fields
  • Interest and career aspirations in caring for traumatized populations
  • Motivation to be involved in and committed to a Community of Practice
  • Access to computer and internet
  • Written, spoken, and reading proficiency in English


The tuition fee for the 2020-2021 program is $5,100 USD, which includes the following:

  • All course materials
  • Access to five months online learning (however, participants must provide their own internet connection)
  • Lunch and coffee breaks each day of the course while in Italy
  • Transportation from accommodations to course site each day while in Italy
  • Textbook of Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery – A Companion Guide for Field and Clinical Care of Traumatized People Worldwide as an e-book form

Tuition does not cover travel expenses, room and board (except lunch and coffee breaks as listed above).
Please see the LOCATION page for further details.


The application deadline is July 1, 2020.

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) will notify applicants who have been accepted to the program by August 1, 2020.

In order to secure their spot in the program, accepted applicants will be required to confirm participation via email and pay a $1,000 non-refundable deposit by August 15, 2020.

Full tuition payment balance of $4,100 for those accepted into the program is due NO LATER THAN August 31, 2020.


Non-native English applicants must demonstrate a high level of written and spoken English proficiency. If you have questions, please contact us at


This program requires participation in an online course. Applicants must be comfortable with software such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, using the internet and must have access to a desktop, laptop, or notebook computer. One of the course requirements will be to create a simple multi-media video. While prior knowledge of how to create a video is not required, you must be willing to learn from tutorials and/or have someone assist you, as needed.