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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of Native Americans

Winter Inst. term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Mon 01/04/2021 - Fri 01/08/2021
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  11:00am - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Kristen Speakman

Provides a survey of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health, via an interdisciplinary approach. Explores health and illness perceptions of AI/AN cultures, and considers approaches that blend traditional healing with Western and other methods. Participants learn about priority health issues in the core public health disciplines of epidemiology, biostatistics, social/ behavioral, environmental health, health policy/management; and how AI/AN populations and communities apply Indigenous perspectives.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiological, socio-economic, political, environmental and other factors that influence the health of American Indian and Alaska Native populations
  2. Apply interdisciplinary approaches to address these health issues
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 20% Small Group Discussion and Presentation
  • 30% Quizzes
  • 40% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

It will not require in person attendance, rather it will be taught virtually via Zoom.