Using a Problem-based Learning Approach in Graduate Coursework to Address Public Mental Health Challenges: A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Three Cohorts
A Problem-based Learning approach was piloted with three student cohorts in a graduate-level public mental health course. Biweekly, teams were presented with a behavioral health case and asked to develop and present on evidence-based solutions through a process grounded in knowledge acquisition and faculty guidance. Students completed surveys and participated in focus groups. Survey results identified effective course components, including case analysis and team discussions. Focus groups further clarified perceived course benefits, such as real-world simulations and interdisciplinary teams, and offered recommendations for future improvements. Recommendations can inform future efforts to implement this approach for other courses and settings.
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