Renewing and Re-energizing the Master of Public Health (MPH) Core Curriculum: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Training in Indigenous Health, Anti-Racism, Cultural Safety and Allyship

Grant program: Faculty Inquiry Grants: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Curricula

Dr. Malcolm Steinberg

Grant recipient: Dr. Malcolm Steinberg, Faculty of Health Sciences

Project team: Alex Kent, Faculty of Health Sciences

Timeframe: September 2019 to August 2020

Funding: $5920

Course addressed:

  • HSCI 900 – Core Concepts and Practice for Public Health I
  • HSCI 901 – Core Concepts and Practice for Public Health II

Description: The proposed project will renew and re-energize the existing Master of Public Health (MPH) core curriculum by building upon and strengthening decolonizing and Indigenizing principles and practices within Indigenous Health Modules offered in HSCI900 (Fall 2019) and HSCI901 (Spring 2020). In addition to supporting curriculum renewal, the project will evaluate the impact of the Indigenous Health Modules in the context of students’ practicum placements during Summer 2020, where they will apply the knowledge and skills gained during coursework in professional settings. If successful, grant funds would be used to bring together Indigenous stakeholders for consultation about decolonizing and Indigenizing course content and delivery; adapt the modules for the 2019 MPH cohort; evaluate the modules as a classroom-based and experiential learning initiative; and assess learning outcomes in the context of students’ practicums.