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Early Childhood Intervention in Tribal Communities


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Allison Barlow
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year

Examines a constellation of economic, social, historical and cultural challenges to American Indian families that potentially compromise optimal early child development. Reviews opportunities for tribal grantees to assess needs and develop early childhood intervention strategies funded through the Affordable Health Care Act. Explores methods and theoretical approaches to early childhood development and intervention research in tribal contexts. Considers optimal systems of early childhood care in low resource settings. Examines unique aspects of tribal research and culture, emphasizing the importance of community-based and community-engaged approaches.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss early childhood programs, intervention research, and community/cultural considerations related to family and school-based approaches to promoting early childhood development in tribal settings
  2. List basic concepts of research study design, implementation, and analysis within tribal contexts
  3. Identify a research question relevant to early childhood development in tribal communities and suggest appropriate research methodologies to answer that question
  4. Use research to inform early childhood program, practice, and intervention improvement
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 30% Group Project(s)
  • 20% Reflection
  • 40% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Offered as an elective for part of the Johns Hopkins Public Health Certificate in American Indian Health. Eligibility criteria for scholars will be the same as for the existing certificate program.