Professional Growth and Enrichment

Culturally Based Native Health Certificate (Non-Credit)

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Overview

Western Carolina University offers four online courses culminating in a non-credit certificate in Native American Health. Each course has 4.5 CEUs and 45 contact hours. The courses are taught entirely online over the fall, summer and spring semesters. Students may take individual courses or complete the certificate program , which is comprised of 4 courses; two required courses and two electives. Students may take the courses in any order. For students who are not currently enrolled at WCU, the fee for each course is $425. (NO COLLEGE CREDIT GIVEN) . Courses are also available for academic credit. Please contact Dr. Lisa Lefler about applying for academic credit.

Who Should Take These Courses?

The courses are designed to enable health related professionals in the region, who are Cherokee or serve a Native American population, to acquire the cultural knowledge and methodological understanding to serve more effectively in their professions. The courses are taught at the upper classmen college level. Because of the level of work at the college credit level, applicants need a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Course work for non credit students will be graded as pass/fail with an expectation for the student to accomplish a C or better. Workload will be somewhat less than college credit courses to accommodate students who are working or applying knowledge in their field. Students who want to apply for the certificate program will pay an application fee of $25.

Course Schedule 2016-2020 (core courses are required)

Spring Semester (2020)

  • Cherokee Culture & History
  • Western & Indigenous Psychologies

Summer Semester (2020)

  • Tobacco & Substance Use

Fall Semester (2020)

  • Issues in Indian Health
  • Healing the Wounded Native

Spring Semester (2019)

  • Cherokee Culture & History
  • Western & Indigenous Psychologies

Summer Semester (2019)

  • Roots of Health Disparities

Fall Semester (2019)

  • Issues in Indian Health
  • Healing the Wounded Native

Spring Semester (2018)

  • Cherokee Culture & History
  • Western & Indigenous Psychologies

Summer Semester (2018)

  • Tobacco & Substance Use

Fall Semester (2018)

  • Healing the Wounded Native
  • Issues in Indian Health

Spring Semester (2017)

  • Cherokee Culture & History
  • Western & Indigenous Psychologies

Summer Semester (2017)

  • Roots of Health Disparities

Fall Semester (2017)

  • Healing the Wounded Native
  • Issues in Indian Health

Spring Semester (2016)

  • Cherokee Culture & History
  • Western & Indigenous Psychologies

Summer Semester (2016)

  • Tobacco & Substance Use

Fall Semester (2016)

  • Healing the Wounded Native
  • Issues in Indian Health

Questions about the content of these courses or academic credit should be directed to Dr. Lisa Lefler at Llefler@wcu.edu.

Questions about registration for these courses should be directed to Dr. Susan Fouts sfouts@wcu.edu.

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