Education and Training
Our Education and Training Program is dedicated to supporting current and future Indigenous health professionals in their educational and professional development. We are committed to addressing health needs in Indigenous communities, and through our programs and partnership with tribes, strive to provide the tools to strengthen from the inside out.
Upcoming Institute Courses
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Health of American Indians
Course #: 221.667
Schedule: January 9-13, 2023 (Monday – Friday), 11:00AM – 3:30PM ET
Tuition: $3,699 for credit, $2,811 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.
UPDATE: This course will be offered as a hybrid, with options for in-person or online attendance. Tuition scholarships for online attendance are available – Apply by November 15, 2022.
Mental Health in American Indian Communities
Course #: 221.673
Schedule: January 17-20, 2023 (Tuesday – Friday), 12:00 – 5:00PM ET
Tuition: $2,466 for credit, $1,874 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.
UPDATE: This course will be offered online. Tuition scholarships for online attendance are available – Apply by November 15, 2022
Our faculty partner with experts in Indigenous health from around the U.S. and internationally to provide exemplary educational opportunities through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and at community-based locations.View Full List of Available Courses
Graduate Degree Programs
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.
- Postdoctoral Programs
The Center provides support and mentorship for Native junior faculty who are interested in furthering research skills in the health sciences. Fellowship recipients are responsible for three main areas: research development, teaching, and mentoring. For more information, please contact Anna Sundbo: email@example.com
- Bloomberg American Health Initiative – Seeking Indigenous Change Agents
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg American Health Initiative and Center for Indigenous Health are pleased to announce a collaboration to support a new generation of Indigenous public health leaders working with Tribal Nations or agencies serving Indigenous communities through the Bloomberg Fellows Program. Click for more information.
Public Health Training Certificate
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. Over 100 students have enrolled in this inclusive program with a total of 93 graduate, which provides a customized pathway to postgraduate accomplishments for a diverse student body . The certificate can be taken for credit or non-credit, making it accessible to those with or without a former collegiate degree. What students have in common is work experience in Native communities and a passion for promoting renewed wellbeing among their people. View course offerings.
- Public Health Training Certificate in American Indian Health
Students applying for the Certificate Program for credit must apply directly with the school via SOPHAS Express. Students must have successfully completed a Bachelors degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher prior to applying. All courses in the Program must be taken for credit. Once accepted into the Program, students must complete all coursework within three years. Please note that academic credits expire after 5 years.
- Award of Proficiency in American Indian Public Health
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.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous 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 CIH 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.