Brown School > Academics > Master of Public Health > Mental and Behavioral Health Specialization Brown Page Content 1Mental and Behavioral Health SpecializationAs a leading cause of disability worldwide, mental health issues are a critical factor in population health. The Brown School’s Mental and Behavioral Health (MBH) specialization equips students to promote mental and behavioral health through a transdisciplinary lens. MBH students prepare to protect and improve the mental health and well-being of individuals, communities and societies using public health strategies. Although individualized treatment by a licensed clinician remains the standard of care for people with diagnosable mental illness, the core competencies of public health optimally equip professionals for work in population-level mental and behavioral health. Through the Brown School’s Mental and Behavioral Health specialization, you can gain the skills necessary for approaching mental and behavioral health prevention, promotion and research through comprehensive, holistic and culturally sensitive frameworks.In this specialization, you will gain advanced knowledge about the presentation, risk and correlated factors, treatment, and course of major mental and behavioral health disorders. You’ll also learn how individual, family and societal factors impact mental health and well-being and how to apply this knowledge using public health approaches to improve population mental and behavioral health. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to develop, implement and evaluate population-level intervention and prevention programs and policies and conduct research on mental and behavioral health. Graduates of the specialization may pursue careers focusing on mental health prevention, research and policy within governmental, nonprofit and community health organizations, located in domestic and international settings.