INMED Co-Director to build International Indigenous Health Data Set at Johns Hopkins University

Donald Warne, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Director of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program, chair of the department of Indigenous Health, and the School’s associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, has been asked to build and direct the world’s first International Indigenous Health Data Set and Research program at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md.


Although Dr. Warne will soon be devoting most of his time to the new Indigenous health data project away from North Dakota, he will be retained by the SMHS for 20% of his time so that he can continue to assist in ongoing operations of UND’s INMED and Indigenous Health Ph.D. programs over the next year.


“I am so pleased to have this opportunity to expand our focus on the health of Indigenous populations worldwide,” said Warne. “I am fortunate to have friends and colleagues across the globe who are Indigenous health academics and collaborators. This will also create new and exciting opportunities for our students and faculty to expand research and educational programs for both UND and Johns Hopkins, as well as our international collaborators. I have been blessed to work at UND SMHS, and I look forward to building additional programs and to improve Indigenous health equity.”


Since Warne joined the SMHS in 2018, he has overseen the creation of the world’s first doctoral program in Indigenous Health and the first medical college-based Department of Indigenous Health.

 At Johns Hopkins, Warne will be a tenured, full professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and he will assume the title of Provost Fellow for Indigenous Health Policy. Dr. Warne will be the first enrolled member of an American Indian Tribe in history to serve as a full professor at Johns Hopkins University.


“Dr. Warne has accomplished an enormous amount in the short four years he was here,” commented Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., UND’s vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Thanks to his commitment to remain engaged over the next year in the various Indigenous health programs that he has helped champion, I am confident that we will be able to continue to build on the phenomenal foundation that he has built. I wish him all the best at Hopkins.”

Warne will begin his new role in Baltimore in Sept. 2022.