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Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Health

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, July 22, 2024
End Date
Friday, July 26, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 11:00am - 2:20pm
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 2024
Indigenous peoples maintain the majority of the world’s biodiversity through distinct worldviews that highlight the human-environment relationship as central to health and well-being. Simultaneously, Indigenous peoples are at the forefront of many environmental and health challenges that directly impact the physical, mental, and cultural health of individuals and entire communities. To address these challenges, it is crucial to incorporate public health approaches that are grounded in Indigenous perspectives of the interconnected relationships between people, the environment, and human health.
Examines real-world examples and approaches to environmental health issues in Indigenous communities and presents challenges for implementing Indigenous-centered approaches to address current issues. Discusses the role and influence of Tribal and federal policy on Indigenous environmental challenges. Identifies appropriate frameworks and approaches used by Indigenous communities to address environmental challenges. Analyzes the current understanding of the relationship between the environment and Indigenous health approaches. Applies Indigenous-based frameworks from this course to address environmental health challenges facing Indigenous communities.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify case examples of how Indigenous perspectives have been used to generate solutions to environmental health issues
  2. Describe the importance of Indigenous frameworks for environmental health and contrast them to Western approaches
  3. Explain how Indigenous peoples, traditions, and ways of life are impacted by contemporary environmental health issues and policies
  4. Apply Indigenous values systems and environmental health frameworks to address health challenges
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 10% Discussion Board
  • 30% Group Work
  • 10% Homework
  • 40% Final Project