American Indian Public Health
NDSU offers the only Master of Public Health program in the nation 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.
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. The National Indian Health Board passed Resolution 13 – 02 declaring support for the American Indian Public Health Track at NDSU. Faculty members are American Indian Public Health professionals. They include Donald Warne (Oglala Lakota), Donna Grandbois (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), Melanie Nadeau, PhD, MPH (Turtle Mountain Chippewa), and Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH (Athabascan).
Students will take the required core Master of Public Health courses, including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Leading and Managing Public Health Systems, Environmental Health, Health Care Delivery in the U.S., and Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health. In addition, students will be required to complete the Master of Public Health practicum and a master’s paper—each focused on American Indian Public Health. The 18-credit specialization curriculum is described below.
|PH 771: American Indian Health Policy|
PH 772: American Indian Health Disparities
PH 773: Cultural Competence in Indian Health
PH 774: Research Issues in Tribal Communities
PH 775: Case Studies in Indian Health
And choose 3 credits from the list of courses on the Program Electives page
- American Indian Public Health Fact Sheet
- Student Annual Reporting Form
- American Indian Public Health Sample Full-time Plan of Study