Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals
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- Educational Objectives
The overarching purpose of this public health certificate program is to promote participants’ capacity to address American Indian population health disparities through multidisciplinary public health approaches and culturally competent strategies. The certificate program examines four quadrants of influence: physical, behavioral, political, and spiritual/emotional, which, in balance, comprise the sphere of public health for American Indian communities. Through the course of study, individuals will:
1) Be able to identify, analyze and apply available disease, behavioral, and mental health surveillance data to better serve health needs of American Indian communities.
2) Gain understanding to employ public health theory and logic frameworks to design interventions appropriate for American Indian communities.
3) Develop insights into impacts of tribal sovereignty status on health policy and management, and broaden their understanding of the potential interface of tribal, federal and private sectors in health system development.
4) Develop competencies in promoting health through effective community education and health communication campaigns.
5) Gain basic knowledge of unique impact of mental, social and emotional health status on tribal community well-being.
6) Learn basic statistical, demographic, and epidemiologic techniques to evaluate health priorities and intervention impacts.
7) Gain basic skills to objectively evaluate public health research in terms of its statistical content.
8) Gain basic knowledge of the inter-relationship between the environment and the public’s health.
9) Understand the importance of research ethics and the composition and function of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), with specific emphasis on IRB’s role in tribal environments.
10) Gain skills to support tribal and local community efforts in assessing health needs, quality of services, and strategies for implementing culturally appropriate health services and research.
11) Gain a basic understanding of research methods and data management practices. 12) Identify how community based participatory research can be used to promote American Indian Health 13) Gain knowledge about early childhood programs, intervention research, and community/cultural considerations related to family and school-based approaches to promoting early childhood development in tribal settings.
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- Intended Audience
American Indian health professionals, paraprofessionals, people working within American Indian communities, and current degree candidates at the School who are interested in expanding their public health expertise and skill sets related to American Indian health. The certificate may be taken for credit or for non-credit.
- Admissions Criteria
Admission Criteria for Credit Certificate Program Any student enrolled in a graduate program at the School (see JHSPH student application form) or a non-degree student with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an approved institution is eligible to enroll in the certificate program for credit.
Admission Criteria for the Non-Credit Certificate Program Students applying for the non-credit certificate program must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours of baccalaureate level courses (or equivalent) OR have at least two years of work experience (or equivalent) in public health or a health-related field.
Course of Study
The certificate consists of 8 courses (a total of 18 credits) which are offered during the Summer and Winter Institutes. Credit and non-credit students will attend shared lectures. For group work they will be segregated into different work groups. All group presentations will be shared with the entire class. All students must complete all core course assignments. Students enrolled in the certificate program for credit will be expected to complete additional assignments, including papers, presentations, and exams that require additional research and independent analysis.
Required Courses (all must be taken):
- 221.666 Introduction to American Indian Health Research Ethics
- 221.667 An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of American Indians
- 221.668 Using Mass Media for Health Promotion in American Indian Communities
- 221.670 Collecting Analyzing and Using Public Health Data in American Indian Communities
- 221.671 Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
- 221.672 Introduction to Data Management Using American Indian Health Data
- 221.673 Mental Health Care and Delivery in American Indian Communities
Plus at least one elective::
Requirements for Successful Completion
Students must successfully complete the 7 core courses and 1 elective. Successful completion is demonstrated by full attendance and participation in all course activities and assignments. Credit students must take the courses for a letter grade and achieve a C grade or higher on all certificate courses. Non-credit students will audit the courses and must receive a “Pass” for each certificate course. Students are encouraged to complete the 8 courses within a 3-year period and are required to complete all coursework and assignments within 4 years.