Training Programs

Developing the next generation of Native health leaders to transform the health of American Indian people

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, as a core part of its mission to raise the health status and autonomy of American Indian people to the highest possible level, is committed to providing national leadership in training American Indian and Alaska Native scholars in health care and public health science. With leadership from faculty members of American Indian and First Nations heritage, our public health training incorporates traditional values and cultural wisdom.

“Hopkins does more than anyone else in training American Indians to be leaders in healthcare. Not just creating the dream but providing the resources—they are in the trenches with each student to do everything they need to meet their dream.” – Nadine Caron, MD, MPH, Sagamok Anishnawbek (Ojibway), surgeon and co-director, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, University of British Columbia 

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health has supported training for more than 1,500 people representing 45 tribal communities around the nation.

Online Application for Scholarships

American Indian Scholars Program

The Center provides funding and on-site mentorship for Native masters and doctoral students in public health, medicine, and nursing at Johns Hopkins University. Scholarship support is based on availability of funding and may include support, in full or in part, for tuition, stipend, books and tutoring services.

Please note this scholarship is closed for Academic Year 2016 – 2017. 
Applications for this scholarship for AY 2017-2018 are due March 31, 2017

Winter and Summer Institute Courses

The Center hosts 8 one-week courses during intercession in January and July at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The courses introduce core public health competencies such as biostatistics, epidemiology and research ethics through an indigenous lens to health leaders and paraprofessionals from tribal communities. The Center has awarded nearly 1,000 scholarships for study at these Johns Hopkins institutes. View course offerings.

Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals

All eight Winter and Summer Institutes comprise an 18-credit, graduate-level certificate that equips scholars with skills to address health issues in tribal communities through multidisciplinary public health approaches and culturally relevant strategies. Nearly 60 students have enrolled in this inclusive program, which provides a customized pathway to postgraduate accomplishments for a diverse student body. The certificate is earned for academic credit.  The Center also offers an Award of Proficiency in American Indian Public Health for non-credit, making it accessible to those with or without a former collegiate degree.  What all students have in common is work experience in Native communities and a passion for promoting renewed well-being among their peoples.  Apply for the Award of Proficiency. 

Associate Faculty Program 

Scholars who graduate from our programs are mentored to come back as Associate Faculty to provide teaching, training, and mentoring to future Native scholars.

Annie Wauneka Visiting Faculty Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Center provides support and mentorship for Native junior faculty who are interested in furthering their research skills in the health sciences.  Fellowship recipients are responsible for three main areas: research development, teaching, and mentoring.

Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program 

The Center provides Native scholars who have completed their undergraduate degree up to a two-year work and educational experience to strengthen their candidacy for further graduate studies in public health, nursing, and medicine. Fellows are paired with Center faculty and programs that align with their research and career interests.

Diversity Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates

Undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds come for a 10-week internship with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The internship inspires many to consider careers in science, medicine, or public health. Apply here.

Graduate Test Preparation Scholarship 

This scholarship supports classroom-based or online test prep materials for Native students applying to graduate level programs in public health, medicine or nursing. 

High School Preparation Initiatives

The Center provides internships and mentorship for Native high school and college students to inspire interest in health and research careers.

Training of Field Staff 

The Training of Field Staff program promotes educational and professional development opportunities for all Center field staff. Each field staff member is matched with a mentor from the Center’s training team, who will help the staff member set annual educational and professional goals. Staff members then identify specific workshops and academic programs to meet their goals.

Register for Training of Field Staff

Scholars

Olivia Sloan
Navajo Nation

I chose to take my grandfather’s advice to ‘go and learn the...

Annie Moon
Navajo Nation

Deana M. (Wagner) Around Him
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

The lessons I've learned throughout my personal, work, and academic experiences have fostered a...

Dr. Felicia Frizzell, DDS, MHS
Mescalero Apache

As a new dentist, Ms. Frizzell is working on building up her leadership and team...

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