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 Donna Grandbois, PhD, RN (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) and Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH (Athabascan).
Students will take the required foundational Master of Public Health courses, including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health Management and Policy, Environmental Health, Community Health Leadership, 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 Equity
PH 773: Cultural and Social Determinants in Indian Health
PH 774: Research Issues in Tribal Communities
And choose 6 credits from the list of courses on the Program Electives page
American Indian Public Health Faculty
- Donna Grandbois, Ph.D., RN, Associate Professor
- Andrea Huseth-Zosel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
- Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor