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Indigenous Health

Graduate Certificate


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- Payscale, 2022

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 13
Cost Per Credit: $750
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Zuckerman College of Public Health

Program Details

Indigenous communities in the United States and around the world have disproportionately worse health outcomes than the general population. Despite unique challenges, few public health training programs are specifically designed to increase the current and future public health workforce for Indigenous communities. 

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health helps close this loophole by equipping you with the skills and competencies necessary to engage in evidence-based public health practice at the leadership, management and supervisory levels. The certificate is developed and implemented by public health experts with extensive experience working with Indigenous Peoples and communities locally and globally.

Indigenous health examines the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples, emphasizing Indigenous models and frameworks rooted in culture, language, identity, place and community history. The primary targets for this certificate are graduate students, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, health educators and other public health professionals. 

Experienced Indigenous faculty instructors with a solid track record of teaching graduate students using web-based technologies teach all courses. You will have a faculty advisor, in addition to a graduate certificate coordinator, to ensure your success in the program.

You will have the opportunity to complete the certificate in one academic year and transfer all 13 certificate credits to future graduate programs in public health at the University of Arizona. All certificate courses will transfer to the Master of Public Health degree program if admitted to the MPH program and the courses meet degree requirements.

The program is entirely online with the exception of a one-week field-based course (HPS 597b).

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health consists of five required courses for a total of 13 units:

PHPM 517: Indigenous Public Health
PHP 521: Administrative Dimensions of Indigenous Health
PHPM 568: American Indian Health Care Policy
HPS 556: Indigenous Methods and Evaluation Approaches
HPS 597B: Maternal & Child Health Programs in the Rural Southwest



Earning your Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Health will build core skills, including:

  • Research and analytical methods
  • Ethics and Empathy
  • Effective communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Advocacy, Politics and Policy Management
  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Management
  • Health promotion

Graduates of the Indigenous Health Certificate program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Health
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare Management
  • Academia
  • Research
  • Local, State and National Government
  • Environmental
  • Social Development
  • Public and Private Organizations