Online Program

American Indian public health as an academic discipline

Monday, November 4, 2013

Donald Warne, MD, MPH, Master of Public Health Program, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
The American Indian (AI) population suffers from among the worst public health disparities in the nation. In the northern plains, including North Dakota, the AI population has the highest rates of death due to diabetes, cancer, infant mortality, unintentional injuries, suicide, and other diseases. Risk factors and social determinants of these disparities include high rates of smoking, substance abuse, poverty, poor nutrition, historical trauma, and other unique circumstances that need to be addressed in the public health arena. In addition, unique AI health policy considerations and the federal trust responsibility to provide health services to the AI population are poorly understood among most public health leaders. North Dakota State University is the only MPH Program in the nation that offers a curriculum specifically designed to prepare graduates to work in AI populations and to improve AI population health. Students will take the required Core MPH coursework (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Leading and Managing Public Health Systems, Environmental Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, and Healthcare Delivery in the U.S.). In addition, students will be required to complete the MPH Practicum and the Master's paper—each will be focused on American Indian Public Health. The 18-credit Specialization Curriculum includes: (1) American Indian Health Policy; (2) American Indian Health Disparities; (3) Cultural Competence in Indian Health; (4) Research Issues in Tribal Communities; (5) Case Studies in Indian Health; and (6) MPH elective course. The curriculum is available online. In this session we will describe the curriculum, goals, faculty, and community engagement activities.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe unique components of American Indian public health

Keyword(s): American Indians, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a national leader in American Indian health for over 20 years, and I am the Director of the MPH Program at NDSU. I am an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe in SD. I received my MD from Stanford and my MPH from Harvard. At NDSU, we offer the only MPH Track/Specialization in American Indian Public Health in the nation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.