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Certificate Programs

Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals

Sponsored By: Department of International Health

Onsite | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About This Program

The overarching purpose of this public health certificate program is to promote participants’ capacity to address American Indian population health disparities through multidisciplinary public health approaches and culturally competent strategies. The certificate program examines four quadrants of influence: physical, behavioral, political, and spiritual/emotional, which, in balance, comprise the sphere of public health for American Indian communities.

Educational Objectives

Environmental, Cultural, and Political Context

Students completing the certificate program will be able to:

  1. Discuss how tribal sovereignty status impacts health policy and management
  2. Understand the potential interface of tribal, federal, and private sectors in health system development
  3. Discuss and provide examples of inter-relationships between the environment and the public’s health
  4. Describe the unique impact of mental, social, and emotional health status on tribal community well-being
  5. Describe the components of effective community education and health communication campaigns
  6. Understand factors affecting early child development unique to tribal communities

Public Health Research Skills

Those completing the certificate will be able to employ public health theory and logic frameworks and apply basic statistical, demographic, and epidemiologic techniques to:

  1. Critique published public health research
  2. Identify available disease, behavioral, and mental health surveillance data from American Indian communities
  3. Identify how community based participatory research can be used to promote American Indian health
  4. Understand how to identify health priority needs utilizing community based participatory research methods and to evaluate intervention impacts using health surveillance data from American Indian communities
  5. Work with epidemiologists and other researchers to design community based interventions and other data collection efforts appropriate for American Indian communities
  6. Recognize good data management practices
  7. Understand the importance of research ethics and the composition and function of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), with specific emphasis on IRB’s role in tribal environments

Curriculum

Please visit our Academic Catalogue to see the full certificate curriculum requirements. Please also review the certificate completion requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Students

The certificate program is designed for all Johns Hopkins University students, with the exception of JHSPH MAS students, who are not eligible to apply until they have completed their degree program.

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health also offers not-for-credit training opportunities to American Indian health professionals, paraprofessionals, people working within American Indian communities, and current degree candidates at the School who are interested in expanding their public health expertise and skill sets related to American Indian health. An Award of Proficiency in American Indian Public Health may be taken not for credit; click here for more information on this Award.

Applying to the certificate program as a JHU graduate student

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must email Certificate Program Contact prior to starting coursework.

Email Certificate Program Contact

Non-Degree Students

The certificate program is also offered to non-degree students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong record of successful academic achievement.

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health also offers not-for-credit training opportunities to American Indian health professionals, paraprofessionals, people working within American Indian communities, and current degree candidates at the School who are interested in expanding their public health expertise and skill sets related to American Indian health. An Award of Proficiency in American Indian Public Health may be taken not for credit; click here for more information on this Award.

Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree applicant

Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express

English Language Proficiency Test Results

Results are not required.

Prerequisites or special requirements

None

Application for Non-Degree Students

Tuition

Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Sponsoring Department
International Health

Program Contact
Olivia Trujillo
otrujil2@jhu.edu

Faculty Sponsor
Allison Barlow, PhD

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Kristen Speakman, MPH