Circumpolar Health Issues

This course provides graduate students with a comprehensive overview of major circumpolar health issues affecting Northern residents. It begins with an analysis of health and traditional healing practices among indigenous northern peoples prior to contact with Euroamericans. It then explores the history of epidemic diseases in the North and their impact on northern populations and cultures, from contact through the present-day. It examines the emergence of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer, and problems of alcohol abuse and violence in contemporary northern societies. Students will explore growing efforts to combine traditional healing practices and community healing with Western medicine. Environmental health issues, including provision of water and sewer systems and environmental contamination of country foods will also be discussed. An overview of health care systems and public health infrastructure in the North will be presented.


Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
CountryUnited States
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Alaska Anchorage
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ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of study
Teaching placeAnchorage, Alaska
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