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American Indian Public Health Graduate Certificate


Program Description

Sample plan of study

Frequently asked questions

Graduate faculty information

Admission requirements

Tuition & Fees

Contact information



Program Description

The online Public Health Graduate Certificate - American Indian Public Health option is specifically designed to prepare graduates to work with American Indian populations and to improve Native health. The American Indian population suffers from among the worst public health disparities in the nation. In the Northern Plains, including North Dakota, the Native population has the highest rates of death due to diabetes, cancer, infant mortality, unintentional injuries and suicide. Risk factors and social causes of the disparities include high rates of smoking, substance abuse, poverty, poor nutrition, historical trauma and other circumstances.

Students in the program can choose to complete the degree at a distance through videoconferencing into the live course in real time. Students may choose to take a combination of distance-based and on-campus courses. 

In addition, unique American Indian health policy considerations, along with the federal government’s trust responsibility to provide health services, are often misunderstood among many public health leaders. Faculty members are American Indian Public Health professionals. They include Donna Grandbois, PhD, RN (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH (Athabascan).

Graduate certificates are an excellent way to earn credentials and decide if a full master's program is right for you. Credits offered in this program can be transferred into the full blended learning Master of Public Health program.

The American Indian Public Health option includes 18 credits and can be completed in one academic year.


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Sample Plan of Study

Total Credits : 18


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Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.'s will be added at a later date.




For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Public Health Graduate Certificate bulletin page.




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For current admission requirements, visit the Public Health Graduate Certificate bulletin page.


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Contact Information

NDSU College of Health Professions
Phone: 701-231-6549
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: https://www.ndsu.edu/publichealth/certificate/

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-7033
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/



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