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Indigenous Health

3rd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Victoria O'Keefe

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Indigenous populations have endured devastating acts of genocide, cultural assault, and continued oppression, that impacts health and wellness.

Do you know whose Indigenous land Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health occupies? Learn more about Indigenous context and health in this course.

Indigenous communities exhibit strength and resilience in the face of extreme adversity, with traditions and teachings pre-dating colonization, that we can all learn from with regard to health and wellness.

Examines Indigenous Health through a public health lens. Critically evaluates the historical, social, cultural, and political determinants of Indigenous health utilizing various Indigenous theoretical frameworks. Provide students with an understanding of Indigenous research methodologies and prevention/interventions programs employed to promote and strengthen the overall health status of Indigenous populations globally.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe demographics and health disparities of Indigenous peoples globally, as well as the complexity of Indigenous identification and how this status impacts health and access to healthcare
  2. Explain the importance of the historical, social, political, and cultural contexts in the lives of Indigenous communities today and how it relates to health (e.g., colonialism, sovereignty, self-determination, discrimination)
  3. Evaluate Indigenous research methodologies, and the importance of community-based participatory research, tribal participatory research, and strengths-based resilience approaches when understanding and developing research and programming related to Indigenous health
  4. Analyze unique Indigenous cultural perspectives and practices that promote individual, community, and environmental health
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 10% Readings
  • 30% Written Assignment(s)
  • 50% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required