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Indigenous Health

East Baltimore
4th Term
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Tuesday, 3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
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