Indigenous Public Health Certificate

Contact: Harald Barkhoff , Ph.D.
Email: harald@hawaii.edu.

The Indigenous Public Health Certificate will provide students with an understanding of the purpose and practice of public health, indigenous communities' practices of health and well-being, and/or conventional and traditional health perspectives. Students will become familiar with public health principles and gain an appreciation of indigenous health concerns, including Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, as well as other groups. Students will develop their personal indigenous perspective or develop an understanding of indigenous perspectives on awareness of place, the natural environment, cultural practices, as they relate to health and well-being.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students earning the Certificate in Indigenous Public Health will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose and practice of public health.
  • Explore indigenous communitiesʻ practices of health and well-being including Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, as well as other groups.
  • Compare conventional and traditional health perspectives.
  • Understand indigenous health concerns and disparities.

Curriculum

Total Credits Required: 18-19 Credits

Required Core (9-10 credits)

  • KES 250 Foundation of Public Health (3)
  • SOC 470 Indigenous Health & Well-Being (3)
  • Any 3 or 4 credit HAW, KHAW, HWST, KHWS course

Electives (9 credits)

A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level:

  • ANTH 386 Hawaiian Culture Before 1819 (3) or ANTH 387 Modern Hawn Cult 1819-Present (3)
  • KES 302 Sport & Spirituality (3)
  • KES 351 Epidemiology (3)
  • KES 450 Health Promotion Practicum (3)
  • SOC 253 Island, Indigenous &Env Soc (3)
  • SOC 360 Health Care Policy (3)
  • PSY 460 Psychology of Culture & Health (3)

Notes

  1. Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA for all courses for the Certificate
  2. Students must pass all courses for the Certificate with a C or Better