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Mental Health in American Indian Communities

Winter Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
End Date
Friday, January 20, 2023
Class Time(s)
Tu, W, Th, F, 12:00 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Next Offered
Only offered in 2022
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