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Minnesota: SPH Creates One of Nation’s First American Indian Public Health and Wellness Certificates

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health has launched its American Indian Public Health and Wellness Certificate  — one of the nation’s only certificates to focus on educating students on how to work respectfully and effectively with federally recognized Tribes and American Indian communities.

“The certificate will introduce students to the American Indian health care and services system, which is unlike any other in the country,” said program director and associate professor, Dr. Linda Frizzell. “It serves the poorest, sickest, and most remote population in the United States.”

The certificate is designed for graduate students, state and county public health staff, health care providers and administrators, non-profit organizations, and the public. The intent of the program is to increase the size of a culturally prepared workforce familiar with accurate American Indian history, cultural traditions, health care practices, and governing policies.

In particular, students will examine:

“Students will increase their understanding of ‘Indian Country,’ learn accurate historical background, analyze legislation, address their own cultural humility, and be equipped to improve the health of American Indians across the U.S.,” said Dr. Frizzell.

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