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American Indian Public Health and Wellness Minor

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School of Public Health, MMC 819, Room A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 or 1-800-774-8636)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
This minor is designed to help students understand how to work respectfully and effectively with Tribes and American Indian communities, to understand the basis of health services and implications of specific tribal (local and federal) law to help improve the devastating health issues currently experienced by American Indians.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Students must be enrolled in a University master's or doctoral degree-granting program. Consult with the program advisor, then contact the American Indian Public Health and Wellness director of graduate studies regarding requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Master's
Required Coursework (6 credits)
Take the following required courses for the masterís-level minor:
PUBH 6241 - American Indian Public Health and Wellness, Health Policy, Law, Health Services Administration (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6242 - Cultural Humility with American Indian Populations (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6243 - American Indian Research, Evaluation and Collaborations (2.0 cr)
Doctoral
Required Coursework (6 credits)
Take the following required courses:
PUBH 6241 - American Indian Public Health and Wellness, Health Policy, Law, Health Services Administration (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6242 - Cultural Humility with American Indian Populations (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6243 - American Indian Research, Evaluation and Collaborations (2.0 cr)
Electives (6 credits)
Select elective credits, in consultation with the advisor and the American Indian Public Health and Wellness director of graduate studies, to complete the 12-credit minimum for the doctoral-level minor.
AMIN 5107 - The Structure of Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe Language (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5141 - American Indian Language Planning (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5202 - Indigenous Peoples and Issues Before the United States Supreme Court (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5402 - American Indians and the Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms [GP] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5890 - Readings in American Indian and Indigenous History (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 8910 - Topics in American Indian and Indigenous Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
or CI 8645 - Indigenous Language Revitalization and Activist Research Methods (3.0 cr)
or CSPH 5212 - Peacebuilding Through Mindfulness: Transformative Dialogue in the Global Community (3.0 cr)
or DAKO 5126 - Advanced Dakota Language I (3.0 cr)
or DAKO 5129 - Advanced Dakota Language II (3.0 cr)
or LAW 6236 - Indian Law (3.0 cr)
or LING 5900 - Topics in Linguistics (1.0-4.0 cr)
or OJIB 5106 - Advanced Ojibwe Language I (3.0 cr)
or OJIB 5109 - Advanced Ojibwe Language II (3.0 cr)
or OJIB 5202 - Ojibwe Mastery I (3.0 cr)
 
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PUBH 6241 - American Indian Public Health and Wellness, Health Policy, Law, Health Services Administration
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course provides a general basis for understanding American Indian public health and wellness. Central to this area of study, is an appreciation to understand the unique governmental relationship based on how the federal government relates to tribal nations as distinct sovereign political entities, not as a racial classification. The trust responsibility is a government to government relationship as established in the U.S. Constitution. In this course students will learn about the legal responsibility of the United States to the 573 federally recognized tribes, to provide health services to American Indians. Students will examine the public health issues facing American Indian communities; review historical implications, analyze legislation, apply specific financing requirements, and gain an understanding of the unique American Indian public health system and the complex set of services, activities, collaborations and stakeholders that varies by tribe and region. It is designed to help students understand how to work respectfully and effectively with tribes and American Indian communities, to understand the basis of health services and implications of specific tribal (local and federal) law to help improve the devastating health issues currently experienced by American Indians.
PUBH 6242 - Cultural Humility with American Indian Populations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course will present evidence that cultural humility is a lifelong quest toward achieving positive outcomes in work with American Indian Tribes and American Indian communities. It is essential that health care and health service providers learn the respective cultures of the American Indian population they are serving. Equally important is the fact that every federally recognized tribe, of which there are 573, has their own unique traditional customs, history with other tribes, and often subpopulations within the governance of a single tribal government. The realization of understanding how populations have been driven by their respective cultures to their overall health and well-being is necessary to promote achievement of positive outcomes for stakeholders and communities. The course will target methods to help health professionals to ensure that health services take into account individual understanding of the professional?s knowledge and how this knowledge should be respectful of individual cultural preferences. A systematic process will be provided to assist in how to learn community policies, learning processes, and traditions; as well as learning about various structures by which the culture of governments, organizations and individuals develop and support the attitudes, behaviors, practices and systems that are needed for effective cross-cultural interactions between health professionals and community members. Students will learn that ultimately, cultural humility effectiveness is determined by the individual who is receiving the services. The course is grounded in the understanding that cultural humility can effectively be used to strive for continuous improvement, to effectively utilize assets and address the health needs of individual American Indian communities.
PUBH 6243 - American Indian Research, Evaluation and Collaborations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
As sovereign nations, American Indian Federally Recognized Tribes are responsible for the overall health and well-being of their populations, as well as controlling research and evaluation activities; and development of formal collaborations. A duly elected Tribal government is responsible for all functions and activities of the Tribe. Tribes have an inherent and legal responsibility to protect Tribal affairs, businesses, and traditional values and customs. Included in Tribal responsibilities is the ability to develop and maintain policies to protect the integrity of operations and guard against predatory and harmful use of data against the population they serve. This is an absolute and non-negotiable function of a Tribe to ensure present and continued viability of all future generations. This course will provide specific examples of data sharing agreements, Memorandums of Agreement or Understanding, legal basis for confidentially, discuss community readiness, and community evaluations. It is designed to help students understand how to work respectfully and effectively with Tribes and American Indian communities, and to understand the basis of research, evaluation, and collaboration. This course focuses on stakeholder driven: participation, issue identification, data sharing, and benefit to community. To help ensure ethical and cultural values are protected an increasing number of Tribes are forming their own Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) under 45 CFR 46. The course will offer examples of Tribal IRBs and specific IRB components for American Indian populations. Tribal governments represent communities with distinctive social, cultural, and spiritual qualities that embody a unique context for the review and conduct of research. This course will provide numerous examples of Tribally developed research and review mechanisms that are tailored to specific community needs and interests.
PUBH 6241 - American Indian Public Health and Wellness, Health Policy, Law, Health Services Administration
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course provides a general basis for understanding American Indian public health and wellness. Central to this area of study, is an appreciation to understand the unique governmental relationship based on how the federal government relates to tribal nations as distinct sovereign political entities, not as a racial classification. The trust responsibility is a government to government relationship as established in the U.S. Constitution. In this course students will learn about the legal responsibility of the United States to the 573 federally recognized tribes, to provide health services to American Indians. Students will examine the public health issues facing American Indian communities; review historical implications, analyze legislation, apply specific financing requirements, and gain an understanding of the unique American Indian public health system and the complex set of services, activities, collaborations and stakeholders that varies by tribe and region. It is designed to help students understand how to work respectfully and effectively with tribes and American Indian communities, to understand the basis of health services and implications of specific tribal (local and federal) law to help improve the devastating health issues currently experienced by American Indians.
PUBH 6242 - Cultural Humility with American Indian Populations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course will present evidence that cultural humility is a lifelong quest toward achieving positive outcomes in work with American Indian Tribes and American Indian communities. It is essential that health care and health service providers learn the respective cultures of the American Indian population they are serving. Equally important is the fact that every federally recognized tribe, of which there are 573, has their own unique traditional customs, history with other tribes, and often subpopulations within the governance of a single tribal government. The realization of understanding how populations have been driven by their respective cultures to their overall health and well-being is necessary to promote achievement of positive outcomes for stakeholders and communities. The course will target methods to help health professionals to ensure that health services take into account individual understanding of the professional?s knowledge and how this knowledge should be respectful of individual cultural preferences. A systematic process will be provided to assist in how to learn community policies, learning processes, and traditions; as well as learning about various structures by which the culture of governments, organizations and individuals develop and support the attitudes, behaviors, practices and systems that are needed for effective cross-cultural interactions between health professionals and community members. Students will learn that ultimately, cultural humility effectiveness is determined by the individual who is receiving the services. The course is grounded in the understanding that cultural humility can effectively be used to strive for continuous improvement, to effectively utilize assets and address the health needs of individual American Indian communities.
PUBH 6243 - American Indian Research, Evaluation and Collaborations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
As sovereign nations, American Indian Federally Recognized Tribes are responsible for the overall health and well-being of their populations, as well as controlling research and evaluation activities; and development of formal collaborations. A duly elected Tribal government is responsible for all functions and activities of the Tribe. Tribes have an inherent and legal responsibility to protect Tribal affairs, businesses, and traditional values and customs. Included in Tribal responsibilities is the ability to develop and maintain policies to protect the integrity of operations and guard against predatory and harmful use of data against the population they serve. This is an absolute and non-negotiable function of a Tribe to ensure present and continued viability of all future generations. This course will provide specific examples of data sharing agreements, Memorandums of Agreement or Understanding, legal basis for confidentially, discuss community readiness, and community evaluations. It is designed to help students understand how to work respectfully and effectively with Tribes and American Indian communities, and to understand the basis of research, evaluation, and collaboration. This course focuses on stakeholder driven: participation, issue identification, data sharing, and benefit to community. To help ensure ethical and cultural values are protected an increasing number of Tribes are forming their own Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) under 45 CFR 46. The course will offer examples of Tribal IRBs and specific IRB components for American Indian populations. Tribal governments represent communities with distinctive social, cultural, and spiritual qualities that embody a unique context for the review and conduct of research. This course will provide numerous examples of Tribally developed research and review mechanisms that are tailored to specific community needs and interests.
AMIN 5107 - The Structure of Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3107/5107
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Analysis of grammatical structures of Anishinaabemowin. prereq: 3104
AMIN 5141 - American Indian Language Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3141/5141
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Planning for maintenance/revitalization of North American indigenous languages. Condition/status of languages. Documentation, cultivation, literacy, education. prereq: 3103 or 3123 or instr consent
AMIN 5202 - Indigenous Peoples and Issues Before the United States Supreme Court
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Seminar explores the role and the practice of the US Supreme Court as a policy-making institution when dealing with indigenous nations and their citizens. Analysis of theoretical, behavioral, political, and institutional perspectives. Student work includes reading and textual analysis, leading discussions, analytical research paper.
AMIN 5402 - American Indians and the Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02486 - AmIn 3402/AmIn 5402
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Representations of American Indians in film, historically/contemporarily. What such representations assert about Native experience and cultural viability. What they reflect about particular relationships of power.
AMIN 5412 - Comparative Indigenous Feminisms (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02631 - AmIn 5412/AmSt 5412/Anth 5412/
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The course will examine the relationship between Western feminism and indigenous feminism as well as the interconnections between women of color feminism and indigenous feminism. In addition to exploring how indigenous feminists have theorized from 'the flesh' of their embodied experience of colonialism, the course will also consider how indigenous women are articulating decolonization and the embodiment of autonomy through scholarship, cultural revitalization, and activism.
AMIN 5890 - Readings in American Indian and Indigenous History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00952 - AmIn 5890/Hist 5890
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students in this course will read recently published scholarship in American Indian and Indigenous history that takes up pressing research questions, promises to push inquiry in new directions, and that theorizes important interventions in our thinking to understand where the field is situated and moving. Reflecting the instinctively interdisciplinary nature of American Indian and Indigenous history, readings will be drawn not just from the discipline of history but across other disciplines such as Anthropology, American Studies, Geography, Literature, Political Science, and Legal Studies. As well, readings will include scholarship that reaches out to embrace the Global Indigenous studies turn. prereq: Advanced undergrad with instr consent or grad student
AMIN 8910 - Topics in American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
This is a topics shell
CI 8645 - Indigenous Language Revitalization and Activist Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course is a hands-on look at activist research methods situated in the context of Indigenous Language Revitalization. That is, what happens when a community problem is the organizing force in research? Students will be expected to both engage in language learning, research, designing a research project, and connecting this to critical thinking as applied to culture, language and indigenous language revitalization.
CSPH 5212 - Peacebuilding Through Mindfulness: Transformative Dialogue in the Global Community
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Contemplative/mindfulness practice. Tapping into reservoir of strength, compassion, and wisdom that fosters expressions of unconditional love, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Shifting from ego centered cognitive analysis/assessment to heart centered presence and deep listening grounded in humility/compassion. Native American circle process, including use of talking piece. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
DAKO 5126 - Advanced Dakota Language I
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Focuses on immersion method.
DAKO 5129 - Advanced Dakota Language II
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Focuses on immersion method.
LAW 6236 - Indian Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course examines the evolution of Indian law from colonization onward as impacted by treaties, executive orders, congressional enactments, and the development of federal common law. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of one of the more particularized areas of the law, and acquire the necessary tools to become able practitioners within the field. The course will also focus upon the unique historical experience of the Midwest tribal nations.
LING 5900 - Topics in Linguistics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics vary. See Class Schedule.
OJIB 5106 - Advanced Ojibwe Language I
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Focuses on immersion method.
OJIB 5109 - Advanced Ojibwe Language II
Credits: 3.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Focuses on immersion method.
OJIB 5202 - Ojibwe Mastery I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The purpose of the first three years of the Ojibwe language courses at the University is to introduce students to the most common Ojibwe grammatical and conjugational systems, and to help develop their fluency through immersion. In this course and in the subsequent course in the winter semester, students will work towards Ojibwe language mastery by learning less frequent, but crucial aspects of the Ojibwe language and further working towards a more sophisticated level of talking.