Impact of Trauma on Mental Health Microcredential: Online distance learning

Trauma can affect anyone at any time. Examples of traumatic incidents could include receiving a life-changing medical diagnosis, losing your home and valuables as a result of an earthquake or losing a family member or close friend as a result of the Ebola outbreak. This course will arm students with skills that can be used in a range of circumstances contexts and scenarios, and implemented around the world. The links between trauma and psychological wellbeing will be introduced and explored. Factors associated with increased risk of adverse psychological outcomes are considered and various approaches to prevention are evaluated. This course will appeal to all healthcare professionals, including both medical and allied health professionals, who are looking to enhance their understanding of psychological wellbeing and factors that can impact on mental ill health.

  • Online distance learning
  • Teaching start: January
  • Microcredential: 10 weeks
    Time commitment: 8-10 hours per week
    Course cost: £799
    Teaching start: 23 January 2023

Why this course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the scientific literature to justify potential concerns relating to psycho-social adjustment post-trauma.
  • Critically evaluate the scientific literature to recognise and identify psychological disorders.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of a range of psycho-social support options for individuals and those closest to them, post-trauma.

Please note: this course is an educational resource, it is not a therapeutic tool. If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair or suicidal, it’s important to tell someone.  Visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention to find Crisis Centres around the world.  We do not provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis.

Course structure

The Impact of Trauma on Mental Health is broken down into 3 topics

Course 1: Understanding Responses to Traumatic Experiences  
A range of factors affecting responses to traumatic experiences are discussed, with a focus on loss and stress regulation.  

Course 2: Trauma and Mental Disorders  

Mental disorders associated with the exposure to trauma are explored.  

Course 3: Coping and Psychological Interventions for those Exposed to Trauma  

The importance of coping and resilience in relation to trauma is discussed and relevant psychosocial support options are explored.  


There are two assignments for the MED5616 'Impact of Trauma on Mental Health' course. The first one is a written response (30%) and the second one is an analysis and a response to a case vignette (70%).

Course alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all courses as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a course. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Anyone whose role or career pathway involves working with other people and anyone focusing on health research will be interested in this course as an up-skilling opportunity. 

What skills will you learn?

  • Understand 'trauma'  
  • Distinguish distress from mental disorder 
  • Explain different responses to traumatic events 
  • Understand grief and bereavement 
  • Apply the biopsychosocial model 
  • Understand traumatic stress in different environments 
  • Appraise the impact of trauma across the lifespan 
  • Recognise mental disorders associated with trauma  
  • Awareness of psychosocial interventions 

Course leads aligned to the Global Mental Health Masters Programme and Genetic counselling Masters Programme. May contribute to the Masters Programmes in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, MVLS.

Entry requirements

As the course is being taught at Masters level an undergraduate degree will be a pre-requisite. The assignment will be undertaken in English, so a high level of English proficiency is required.

How to apply

The next run of this course will begin in January 2023.

Book now

This course costs £799. Learners will get full access to course content, plus UofG Student resources and support. All learners will receive a HEAR Transcript to use to evidence their Continued Professional Development. Learners who successfully pass the course assessment will also gain 10 credits (this is optional).

If you have any questions, please visit our helpdesk