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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of Native Americans

Winter Inst. term
International Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Mon 01/09/2023 - Fri 01/13/2023
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  11:00am - 4:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Kristen Speakman

Explains different aspects of Indigenous health by exploring health and illness perceptions of Native American communities, and considers approaches that are grounded in Traditional and Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge and supported by Western Research Methodology. Course participants analyze key health issues 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 is to serve Indigenous populations and empower community-driven, culturally sensitive public health interventions.

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:

This is the virtual/online section of a course also held onsite. You are responsible for the modality in which you register.