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Culturally Based Native Health Certificate (Non-Credit)


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.

Learn more about the Culturally-Based Native Health Certificate Program

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

Questions about registration for these courses should be directed to Dr. Susan Fouts


About the Director


Lisa J. Lefler, Ph.D.

Dr. Lefler is director of Western’s Culturally Based Native Health Programs, a collaborative program with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and WCU’s Colleges of Health and Human Sciences and Arts and Sciences. CBNHP offers a 12-hour graduate and undergraduate Native Health Certificate available on-line. The Native Health Certificate reflects a new national model, involving Native communities from the ground up to educate health professionals regarding Native cultures to improve health care delivery for indigenous people. Dr. Lefler’s other interests include Indian youth and drug/alcohol abuse, diabetes and health-related issues concerning stress, historic grief and trauma, and applying Indigeous science to contemporary issues.


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