International Diploma on Mental Health Law And Human Rights

Implementing entity and key partners
Department of Psychology & Department of Law, International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Pakistan is offering an International Diploma on Mental Health Law and Human Rights with the technical support of World Health Organization (WHO).
Background and Rationale
Since coming into force the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) it has been felt that there is a dire need to raise awareness about the Convention’s findings and to provide guidance on its implications in relation to future national mental health policy, legislation, services and practice not only in Pakistan but also among the other countries of the Eastern Mediterranean also the signatory to UNCRPD. In order to achieve a part of convention’s findings, it is hoped that through this Diploma offering, we will perceive the need for training not only in Pakistan but also to other countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Expected outcome

It is hoped that this development will not only  help us in building the capacity of students to advocate for human rights, influence the  national legislative, policy and service reform in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but will also be a source of implementation of other key international human rights standards.

This program has been chalked out with the intention that how and why the human rights can influence the practice of mental health professionals, lawyers, policy-makers, administrators, agency workers, service providers and activists. For these answers its course outlines has been designed in such a way that the participants will be equipped with a wealth of knowledge, tools and resources enabling them to play their active role in the society by making sure that the rights of people with psycho-social (mental health) disabilities are better respected.

PARENT INSTITUTE/Resource persons
International Islamic University Islamabad has been honored to start this diploma course by utilizing the services of the international experts, identified, with the technical support of WHO for getting experience and knowledge. Beside them, some local faculty members of international repute shall be involved for management of technicalities of the diploma and for training/teaching face to face sessions of the course modules.
Teaching and Evaluation

For the conduct of diploma, combined methodology of face to face and webbased learning mode shall be used. For evaluation purposes, following criteria shall be utilized:-

Fall & Spring Semesters   Summer Semester
Assignments 40% Assignments 20%
Quizzes 20% Project 30%
Attendance & Class Participation 10% Quizzes & Class Participation 20%
Final Term Exam 30% Final Term Exam 30%
Target participants/Beneficiary

The target audience for the diploma eligible for enrolment are categorized in four groups:

  • Mental Health/Public Health Professionals (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses experienced or having degree in Mental Health).
  • Law Professionals (Professionals registered with Law Bar Association)
  • Human Rights Activists (NGO workers, Sociologists, Civil Social Scientists)
  • Service User (Person having Mental Health Illness or Care Giver of Mental Health Patient)

Individuals having experience in judiciary system, policy making, health planning, advocacy, civil society organizations, education and social science, human rights activism, and provision of care for persons with disabilities. For international students low and middle income countries from South East Asia, Eastern Mediterranean and African region of WHO shall be given preference. However, opportunities for other countries shall remain open.

Eligibility Criteria for Enrollment
Eligibility criteria for enrolment in this diploma shall be at least Bachelors (14 years degree) with 4-5 years’ experience in the fields related to Mental Health or Law or human rights.
Fee Structure
Fee for the international students shall be US$ 4,000/-(US$1500/= for two regular semesters each and US$1000/= for summer semester). While students of Pakistani origin and residing in Pakistan, shall have to pay tuition fees of PKR 120,000/= (PKR40,000/= per semester).
Note: Tuition fees include course books, printed materials. Course fees do not include travel costs, accommodation and other subsistence expenses. Fee may be submitted all together in One Submission or may be submitted separately for each semester.
Admission procedure
Application/Enrolment of the candidates shall be online.  Students shall have to submit the application form along with a statement of purpose (200 words), attested documents, letter of recommendation (for employees, if any).
Execution Timeline





Prospectus and Form Available Online 04th June 2018
Last Date for Application 20th July 2018
Final Confirmation of Admission 20th August 2018
Payment of Fee 27th August 2018 – 10th September 2018
Commencement of Classes 17th September 2018


1st Semester Commencement of Classes 17th September 2018
1st Semester Examination 1st January 2019
2nd Semester Commencement of Classes 1st February 2019
2nd Semester Examination 3rd June 2019
3rd Semester Commencement of Classes 17th June 2019
3rd Semester Examination 15th  August 2019

Prof Dr Muhammad Tahir Khalily
Director and Mentor

Dr Aziz Ur Rehman
Mental Health Law Mentor