UND to offer world’s first doctoral program in Indigenous health

The State Board of Higher Education made history last week with a vote to approve the first doctoral program in Indigenous health.

It’s not only the first such program at UND or in the state. It’s the first in the world.

The Ph.D. degree will launch this summer, and prospective students are already inquiring about the program, said Dr. Don Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs at UND, who led the push for the new program.

“There is a need for well-trained administrators with a deep understanding of Indigenous health issues,” Warne said. “There is nothing like that in the world.”

Learn more about the new program here.