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Department: International Health
Term: Summer term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014

Focuses on teaching the principles and methods of community-based participatory research (CBPR) in the context of addressing the root causes of disease and injury in Indigenous communities. Challenges students to use a CBPR framework to deepen their understanding and application of social determinants of health, such as spirituality, indigenity, resource alienation and colonization that are unique to indigenous communities. Develops skills in CBPR approaches and methods for conducting field research related to social determinants. Prepares students to conceptualize, design, understand, and implement CBPR projects in indigenous populations.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Define and describe community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches and methods, and particularly in relation to working in Indigenous population contexts, and how CBPR differs from other research approaches
Identify opportunities for developing and sustaining effective CBPR partnerships in Indigenous communities
Develop a draft research proposal that addresses a priority health issue in an Indigenous community that will best be addressed through a CBPR approach and includes: background/rationale for research; a research question; research objectives; methodology

Methods of Assessment: Class participation and discussion, group activities and final paper.
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Class Times:
  • Monday 8:30 - 2:20
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 2:20
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 2:20
  • Thursday 8:30 - 2:20
  • Friday 8:30 - 2:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 45
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Experience living and working in indigenous settings

Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Students who take 221.725.81 should not take 410.631.01 or 410.841.111 because of content overlap. First offering of the course will focus on recruiting Indigenous peoples from the United States.
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2014-2015