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221.673.13 Mental Health in American Indian Communities

International Health
Winter Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Mon 01/07/2013 - Fri 01/11/2013
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Nicole Pare
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only



Focuses on 1) the history of mental health service delivery 2) current status of mental health problems, and 3) strategies for treatment and prevention interventions in American Indian (AI) communities. Examines differences between western and traditional AI approaches to mental health. Highlights public health concepts for development and/or replication of successful treatment and prevention interventions. Also explores ideas for long-term promotion of community mental wellness among reservation communities. Include lectures from a variety of mental health experts with direct experience in Indian communities from a wide variety of disciplines and cultural orientations.Lectures are followed by class discussions to explore potential cultural,tribal-specific,regional or universal approaches to address specific mental health disparities, mental health care delivery and more general prevention.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the complex history relating to the development and current status of mental health delivery systems within AI communities.
  2. Demonstrate the key mental health disparities in AI communities, compared and contrasted with other U.S. and international populations.
  3. Describe public health strategies and approaches to reduce disparities, improve quality of treatment and aftercare services, and promote mental, social and emotional wellness within AI communities.
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation and discussion, group activities, and final paper.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required