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Mental Health in American Indian Communities

Winter Inst. term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Tue 01/17/2023 - Fri 01/20/2023
Class Times:
  • Tu W Th F,  12:00 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Mary Cwik
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 the development and/or replication of successful treatment and prevention interventions. Explores ideas for long-term promotion of community mental wellness among reservation communities. Includes lectures from a variety of mental health experts with direct experience in Indian communities from a wide variety of disciplines and cultural orientations. Uses lectures, 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:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 20% Homework
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 40% Final Paper

Instructor Consent:

No consent required