Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Winter & Summer Institute Courses
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health conducts two to three week-long courses in AI/AN public health every summer (June/July) and winter (January). The courses are part of the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Summer and Winter Institute Programs.
Courses are designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in tribal communities. Because our Institute scholars may be assessing community health care priorities from a variety of educational or professional backgrounds, we offer our courses on a for-credit or non-credit basis. Contingent on current funding, a limited number of scholarships are available to financially assist with costs involved with attending a course.
The CAIH Summer/Winter Institute Scholarship covers the following costs: travel to and from Baltimore, hotel accommodation in a room shared with another Native student, course materials including books, and full credit tuition for one 5-day course. A Bachelor’s degree is required, with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Course Offerings for Winter Institute 2021 – Registration is open October 1, 2020 – December 30, 2020 **UPDATE: The courses will be held virtually through an online platform.
(Limited scholarships are available for these courses. The scholarship application is NOW OPEN and the deadline is November 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET).
*SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE EXTENDED - November 15, 2020
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of Native Americans– 3 credits
Course # 221.667.13
January 4-8, 2021 (MON-FRI)
11:00 a.m. – 3:30:00 p.m. EST
3 credits - Tuition: $3,591 for credit, $2,712 non-credit
An interdisciplinary approach is taken to understand different aspects of Indigenous health. The course will explore health and illness perceptions of Native American communities, and will consider approaches that are grounded in Traditional and Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge and supported by Western Research Methodology. Course participants will analyze key health issues from the perspective of Native communities, and through the lens of various public health disciplines such as epidemiology, mental health, environmental health, policy, and sociology. The over-arching emphasis of the course will be on serving Indigenous populations and empowering community-driven, culturally sensitive public health interventions.
Mental Health Care and Delivery in American Indian Communities– 2 credits
Course # 221.673.13
January 11-15, 2021 (MON-FRI)
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
2 credits - Tuition: $2,394 for credit, $1,808 non-credit
This course focuses on the status, needs, availability, and outcomes for mental health treatment and services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Ways to improve services currently available and the need to promote wellness are among key issues stressed. The learning objectives of the course include: 1) to examine the complexities of mental health care for the American Indian and Alaska Native communities; 2) to identify high-need populations and assess the availability and quality of services available for those populations; and 3) to gain information on ways to help prevent mental illness and promote wellness among the communities studied.
Please visit the School’s Summer Institute page for more details.
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American Indian Health Policy
The purpose of the American Indian Health Policy course is to (1) introduce students to the concepts and tools used in health policy, (2) examine health issues facing American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, and (3) practice the application of rational decision making models to analyze various policy alternatives to address health concerns in Native communities. Special consideration is given to the historical relationship between Tribes and the U.S. federal government that underlies the delivery of health services to AI/ANs. The course focuses on introducing the skills necessary for students to be an effective policy analyst/policy advocate. (2 credits)
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of American Indians
An interdisciplinary approach is taken to understand different aspects of Indigenous health. The course will explore health and illness perceptions of Native American communities, and will consider approaches that are grounded in Traditional and Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge and supported by Western Research Methodology. Course participants will analyze key health issues from the perspective of Native communities, and through the lens of various public health disciplines such as epidemiology, mental health, environmental health, policy, and sociology. The over-arching emphasis of the course will be on serving Indigenous populations and empowering community-driven, culturally sensitive public health interventions. (3 credits)
Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Public Health Data in American Indian Communities
An introduction for persons who might not have had previous formal training in epidemiology or biostatistics, but might be working to determine or to address tribal priorities for health care, or working/interested in, clinical research or public health within tribal communities. This course prepares students for the core epidemiology and biostatistics courses offered by the School of Public Health. Course participants will learn how to collect, analyze and use community data to address public health problems. Participants are asked to work on datasets from tribal communities to apply the principles taught. (3 credits)
Community Based Participatory Research with Indigenous Peoples
Community based participatory research (CBPR) is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves academic researchers and community members in all steps of the research process, with all partners contributing their expertise. This course will focus on a research approach that facilitates the movement of Indigenous knowledge from the margins of research to the center. Students will gain knowledge in CBPR approaches and methods applying perspectives unique to Indigenous communities, where research is conducted by drawing on community strengths, advocating for change, and building trust, equity, and community control. (2 credits)
Early Childhood Research with Tribal Communities
This course is designed for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal early childhood program directors and staff, health and education professionals and paraprofessionals, and others interested in tribal early childhood development and intervention research. The goal of the course will be to explore methods and theoretical approaches to early childhood development and intervention research in tribal contexts to inform improvements in early childhood programming, as well provide an overview of some of the unique aspects of research with tribal history, such as the history of research in tribal communities, the incorporation of traditional ways of knowing, the promise of research for tribal communities, and community engaged approaches. It is appropriate both for participants who have not had any formal research training and for those who have some experience but would like additional training specific to early childhood research in tribal communities. (2 credits)
Introduction to American Indian Health Research Ethics
The objective of this course is to increase participants' awareness of and ability to reason through ethical issues that arise relating to human subjects research in American Indian communities. This course explores the unique ethical principles and regulatory requirements related to conducting research in Indian communities. Special attention is given to historical and cultural considerations pertaining to health research within tribal nations. (2 credits)
Introduction to Data Management Using American Indian Health Data
This is an introductory level course for students interested in the fundamental tools of public health research. This course focuses specifically on the principles of data management, including: development of data flow diagrams; development of data collection forms, data dictionaries, and related documentation; fundamentals of database design; methods of data capture; data validation and methods of quality assurance; and principles of data security. Students will work with American Indian Health data sets to apply skills learned throughout the course. (2 credits)
Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
The overarching goal of the course is to provide a basic overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods and the different applications of each to a variety of different public health interventions. Readings, lectures and labs explore different research methods and the process of selecting the appropriate method to design and implement a variety of public health interventions. Topics covered in the course include: focus groups, in-depth interviews, comparison designs, intervention designs, and randomized controlled trials. Students will work to gain a basic understanding of these research methods and apply them to existing projects on which they are working. (2 credits)
Mental Health Care and Delivery in American Indian Communities
This course focuses on the status, needs, availability, and outcomes for mental health treatment and services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Ways to improve services currently available and the need to promote wellness are among key issues stressed. The learning objectives of the course include: 1) to examine the complexities of mental health care for the American Indian and Alaska Native communities; 2) to identify high-need populations and assess the availability and quality of services available for those populations; and 3) to gain information on ways to help prevent mental illness and promote wellness among the communities studied. (2 credits)
Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in American Indian Communities
Injuries are the leading cause of death for American Indians ages 1-44 and the third leading cause of death overall. This 5-day day learning opportunity will explore the unique injury patterns experienced by American Indian communities and teach students how to design, implement and evaluate injury prevention initiatives in their community. Throughout the course, students will work to develop basic knowledge and skills relating to all core competencies of injury prevention. Although some competencies will be addressed in greater detail than others, students will be given as many opportunities as possible, within the constraints of the 5-day training, to practice these skills. Practical application sessions will provide hands-on, facilitated, skills-development experience. (3 credits)
Using Mass Media for Health Promotion in American Indian Communities
Media specialists from the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health have designed this course to train students in developing a mass media campaign directed at health promotion within tribal communities. During the course, students will be introduced to the basics of how to develop a media campaign, including community needs assessment, developing "change targets" for messages, analysis of best media outlets for high exposure and cost containment within AI/AN communities, the ABCs of media production, and using social media. Students will acquire skills to target media campaigns to address identified health needs, understand elements of successful Public Service Announcements (PSAs) across various media types, and gain techniques and skills to produce radio and digital PSAs to educate the public on the area of health concern identified in the needs assessment. (2 credits)
|Course Name||Number||When Offered||Credits|
|An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of American Indians||221.667||Winter every year||3|
|Collecting, Analyzing and Using Public Health Data in American Indian Communities||221.670||Summer of odd years||3|
|Introduction to American Indian Health Research Ethics||221.666||Summer of odd years||2|
Electives: (Must take at least 10 credits)
|Course Name||Number||When Offered||Credits|
|Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods||221.671||Summer of even years||2|
|Introduction to Data Management Using American Indian Health Data||221.672||Summer of even years||2|
|Mental Health Care and Delivery in American Indian Communities||221.673||Winter of odd years||2|
|Using Mass Media for Health Promotion in American Indian Communities||221.668||Winter of even years (usually–not offered in 2016)||2|
|Early Childhood Research in Tribal Communities||221.665||Summer of odd years||2|
|American Indian Health Policy||221.669.13||Winter of even years||2|
|Community Based Participatory Research with Indigenous Peoples||221.725||Not currently offered||2|
|Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in American Indian Communities||221.664.13||Winter of even years||2|