Centre for Continuing Education

Mood Disorders Course Online: The Foundations

Psychiatry. Encouraging a healthier community.

People with mood disorders often feel sad all the time, lose interest in important parts of life, and fluctuate between extreme happiness and extreme sadness.

Join this self-paced interactive online course to learn the fundamental concepts and issues surrounding mood disorders.

Developed and delivered by the Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney, and open to all health professionals for continuing professional development.

This course will firstly discuss the problem of mood disorders, and issues relating to nosology, epidemiology and genetics. You will learn the symptoms of depression, dysthymia and bipolar disorder and examine the long-term outcome of mood disorders and suicide. You will also learn about the relationship between mood disorders and gender, cognitive impairment, circadian rhythms, exercise, immunology and oxidative stress, and stress and trauma.

This course accepts enrolments throughout the year and does not have any prerequisite requirements.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the burden of illness due to mood disorders
  • classify the different mood disorders and identify their symptoms and subtypes
  • discuss the long-term outcome of mood disorders including mortality rates and causes
  • discuss different risk factors for mood disorders and their treatment implications.


This course covers the following topics:

  • The problem of mood disorders
  • Classification of mood disorders
  • Epidemiology
  • Suicide
  • Long-term outcome of mood disorders
  • Symptoms of depression, dysthymia and bipolar disorder
  • Women and mood disorders
  • Cognitive impairment in mood disorders
  • Circadian disturbance
  • Exercise and depression
  • Genetics of psychiatric disorders
  • Immunology and oxidative stress
  • Stress and trauma.

CPD accreditation

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): 40 Category 1 points

Delivery style

Delivered in an e-learning system with the following components:

  • pre-course test
  • social chat forum where you can introduce yourself to the class and organise local meet-up groups
  • Q & A forum where you can ask questions and get feedback from the tutor and other participants
  • multimedia modules with audio-visual lectures and interactive quizzes
  • lecture notes download
  • lecture audios download
  • assessment task
  • Statement of Completion download.

You will have 90 days to complete the course at your own pace. It takes approximately 15 hours to complete it. Within the enrolment period, access to the e-learning system is available anytime and anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable and high-speed internet connection.

The lecture audios were recorded in a professional studio and are of high quality. You can download them to your mobile devices and continue to listen to the course while travelling.


We acknowledge Professor Philip Boyce, Dr Amanda Bray, Dr Olivia Dean, Associate Professor Anthony Harris, Professor Ian Hickie, Associate Professor Felice Jacka, Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Professor Gin Malhi, Dr Glenn Melvin, Professor Philip Mitchell, Professor Richard Porter, Professor Kay Wilhelm and Associate Professor Naomi Wray for their contributions to the development of this online course.


  • Convenient online access
  • Mobile learning supported
  • High quality course audios
  • Expert academic support
  • Statement of Completion

We acknowledge the tradition of custodianship and law of the Country on which the University of Sydney campuses stand. We pay our respects to those who have cared and continue to care for the Country.