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Center for American Indian Health
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Baltimore, MD 21231
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Training

 Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals/ Award of Proficiency in American Indian Public Health

Program Overview

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (Center) has established a graduate-level Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals through its parent institution, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This Certificate Program is designed to promote participants' capacity to address American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population health disparities through multidisciplinary public health approaches and culturally relevant strategies. The target audience for the Certificate includes AI/AN scholars, health leaders and professionals and paraprofessionals serving AI/AN communities or similar populations. Course faculty includes experts in American Indian health from across the nation.

The Certificate is comprised of an 18-credit offering comprised of 8 different one-week-long courses designed by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. The course content addresses key areas of current public health concern for AI/AN tribes and is designed to confer a core set of basic public health competencies. The 18 credits can be applied toward MPH, MHS, or PhD degree programs at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Certificate is offered on a for- credit basis. Students applying for the Certificate Program must apply directly with the school via Apply Yourself.  Students must have successfully completed a Bachelors degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher prior to applying.  All courses in the Program must be taken for credit.  Once accepted into the Program, students must complete all coursework within three years.  Please note that academic credits expire after 5 years.

To apply for the for-credit Certificate Program, click here.

Students may opt to apply into the non-credit Award of Proficiency in American Indian Public Health.  Students enrolling into the non-credit program must have completed a minimum of: Sixty credit hours of baccalaureate level courses or equivalent, and at least two years’ work experience (or equivalent) in public health or health-related field.  The courses are the same as the Certificate, but have modified assignment requirements for students taking the courses for non-credit.

To apply for the NON CREDIT Award of Proficiency, click here.

Please contact the Center's Training Coordinator, Nicole Pare' at 410-955-6931 or npare1@jhu.edu.

Course Offerings

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of American Indians
An interdisciplinary approach is taken to understand different aspects of American Indian health. The course will explore health and illness perceptions of American Indian cultures, and consider approaches that blend American Indian healing with Western or orthodox methods. Course participants will learn to view a priority health issue from the perspective of Native communities, and through the lens of various public health disciplines such as epidemiology, mental health, environmental health, policy, and sociology. The over-arching emphasis of the course will be on working at the front line with American Indian communities to help them solve their own problems using culturally sensitive interventions. (3 credits)

Using Mass Media for Health Promotion in American Indian Communities
Media specialists from the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health have designed this course to train students in developing a mass media campaign directed at health promotion within tribal communities. During the course, students will be introduced to the basics of how to develop a media campaign, including community needs assessment, developing "change targets" for messages, analysis of best media outlets for high exposure and cost containment within AI/AN communities, the ABCs of media production, and using social media. Students will acquire skills to target media campaigns to address identified health needs, understand elements of successful Public Service Announcements (PSAs) across various media types, and gain techniques and skills to produce radio and digital PSAs to educate the public on the area of health concern identified in the needs assessment. (2 credits)

Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Public Health Data in American Indian Communities
An introduction for persons who might not have had previous formal training in epidemiology or biostatistics, but might be working to determine or to address tribal priorities for health care, or working/interested in, clinical research or public health within tribal communities. This course prepares students for the core epidemiology and biostatistics courses offered by the School of Public Health. Course participants will learn how to collect, analyze and use community data to address public health problems. Participants are asked to work on datasets from tribal communities to apply the principles taught. (3 credits)

Introduction to American Indian Health Research Ethics
The objective of this course is to increase participants' awareness of and ability to reason through ethical issues that arise relating to human subjects research in American Indian communities. This course explores the unique ethical principles and regulatory requirements related to conducting research in Indian communities. Special attention is given to historical and cultural considerations pertaining to health research within tribal nations. (2 credits)

Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
The overarching goal of the course is to provide a basic overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods and the different applications of each to a variety of different public health interventions. Readings, lectures and labs explore different research methods and the process of selecting the appropriate method to design and implement a variety of public health interventions. Topics covered in the course include: focus groups, in-depth interviews, comparison designs, intervention designs, and randomized controlled trials. Students will work to gain a basic understanding of these research methods and apply them to existing projects on which they are working. (2 credits)

Introduction to Data Management Using American Indian Health Data
This is an introductory level course for students interested in the fundamental tools of public health research. This course focuses specifically on the principles of data management, including: development of data flow diagrams; development of data collection forms, data dictionaries, and related documentation; fundamentals of database design; methods of data capture; data validation and methods of quality assurance; and principles of data security. Students will work with American Indian Health data sets to apply skills learned throughout the course. (2 credits)

Mental Health Care and Delivery in American Indian Communities
This course focuses on the status, needs, availability, and outcomes for mental health treatment and services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Ways to improve services currently available and the need to promote wellness are among key issues stressed. The learning objectives of the course include: 1) to examine the complexities of mental health care for the American Indian and Alaska Native communities; 2) to identify high-need populations and assess the availability and quality of services available for those populations; and 3) to gain information on ways to help prevent mental illness and promote wellness among the communities studied. (2 credits)

Community Based Participatory Research with Indigenous Peoples
Community based participatory research (CBPR) is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves academic researchers and community members in all steps of the research process, with all partners contributing their expertise. This course will focus on a research approach that facilitates the movement of Indigenous knowledge from the margins of research to the center. Students will gain knowledge in CBPR approaches and methods applying perspectives unique to Indigenous communities, where research is conducted by drawing on community strengths, advocating for change, and building trust, equity, and community control. (2 credits)

Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities
This course is designed for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal early childhood program directors and staff, health and education professionals and paraprofessionals, and others interested in tribal early childhood development and intervention research. The goal of the course will be to explore methods and theoretical approaches to early childhood development and intervention research in tribal contexts to inform improvements in early childhood programming, as well provide an overview of some of the unique aspects of research with tribal history, such as the history of research in tribal communities, the incorporation of traditional ways of knowing, the promise of research for tribal communities, and community engaged approaches. It is appropriate both for participants who have not had any formal research training and for those who have some experience but would like additional training specific to early childhood research in tribal communities. (2 credits)

Course Schedule

Title

Number

When Offered

Credits

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of American Indians

 

221.667

Annually, every January

3

Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

221.671

Summer, every other even-numbered year (i.e. 2012, 2014, etc.)

2

Introduction to Data Management Using American Indian Health Data

221.672

Summer, every other even-numbered year (i.e. 2012, 2014, etc.)

2

Mental Health Care and Delivery in American Indian Communities

221.673

Winter, every other odd-numbered year (i.e. 2013, 2015, etc.)

2

Introduction to American Indian Health Research Ethics

221.666

Summer, every other odd-numbered year (i.e. 2013, 2015, etc.)

2

Collecting, Analyzing and Using Public Health Data in American Indian Communities

 

221.670

Summer, every other odd-numbered year (i.e. 2013, 2015, etc.)

3

Using Mass Media for Health Promotion in American Indian Communities

221.668

Winter, every other even-numbered year (i.e. 2012, 2014, etc.)

2

Community Based Participatory Research with Indigenous Peoples

221.725

Currently on hold. To be offered in 2014.

2

Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities

221.665

Summer, every other odd-numbered year (i.e. 2013, 2015, etc.)

2

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