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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of Native Americans

Course Status

East Baltimore
Winter Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
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. Analyzes 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. Emphasizes serving Indigenous populations and empowering 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
Special Comments

It will not require in person attendance, rather it will be taught virtually via Zoom.