• Indigenous Health Homepage


    Introduction

    Today, there are approximately 370 million Indigenous peoples located in 70 countries around the world (United Nations, n.d.). Indigenous peoples are often at greater risk for ill health, as indicated by their high prevalence of major chronic diseases including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and mental disorders. However, given their disadvantaged and marginalized status in society, indigenous peoples often do not have access to quality professional services (e.g. medical) that may be used to redress their poor health outcomes. In addition, both the number and quality of professionals competent in indigenous health are lacking globally. 

    This  Indigenous Health course is intended for those in the health and social sciences fields, such as medical work, social work, and public health professionals in training and practice. This course takes a global perspective in examining the health and health disparities of indigenous peoples and provides historical, theoretical, analytical, and practical knowledge and tools to address them. Along the way, this course will facilitate an open and culturally safe dialogue among a global network of peers on comparative strategies to improve the health outcomes of indigenous peoples both locally and internationally.

    The course is designed to help you: 

    1. Identify the barriers that make the interaction between indigenous populations and health services difficult.
    2. Summarize the determinants of health of indigenous populations.
    3. Identify strategies to promote cultural safety in caring for indigenous populations.
    4. Analyze approaches to optimizing indigenous populations’ health through a just allocation of healthcare resources and access to health care services.
    5. Contribute to the development, dissemination, and critical assessment of knowledge/practices related to the improvement of indigenous populations’ health.


    This course was developed by NextGenU.org (NGU) and sponsored in part by the Annenberg Physician Training Program (APTP).

    There are three (3) modules to complete, which include:

    Module 1: Health Determinants of Aboriginal Populations

    Module 2: Promoting Aboriginal Population's Health

    Module 3: Moving Towards an Equitable Future

    Engaging with this course

    • To register for this course, complete the registration form. Begin the course with Module 1. For each lesson, read the description. 
    • There is a final quiz to assess your understanding of some important concepts. Click on the hyperlinks to take you to these items in each topic.

    Requirements to obtain the certificate 

    You may browse this course for free to learn for your personal enrichment. There are no requirements.

    To obtain a certificate, a learner must successfully complete:

    • All reading requirements
    • The final exam with a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 3 attempts and
    • The self and course evaluation forms

  • Module 1: Health Determinants of Indigenous Populations

    Student Learning Outcome:

    • Identify the barriers that difficult the interaction between Indigenous populations and health services.
    • Summarize the determinants of health of Indigenous populations.

    2 URLs, 1 Forum
  • Module 2: Promoting Indigenous Population's Health

    Student Learning Outcome
    • Identify strategies to promote cultural safety in caring for
      Indigenous populations.
    • Analyze approaches to optimizing Indigenous populations health through a just allocation of health care resources and access to health care services.

    4 URLs, 1 Forum
  • Module 3: Moving Towards and Equitable Future

    Student Learning Outcome:
    • Contribute to the development, dissemination, and critical assessment of knowledge/practices related to the improvement of Indigenous Population's Health.
    3 URLs, 1 Forum
  • Final Exam


  • Course and Self Evaluation & Certificate

    In this section, you can provide feedback about this course to help us make NextGenU.org better. Once evaluations are completed, you will be able to download your certificate of completion.