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Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare

Public Health, Nursing, Health Sciences

About this Project

This Open Education textbook is designed to provide a resource on health and healthcare from a northern perspective that can be used in classrooms for colleges and universities across the Circumpolar countries and beyond. The provision of northern health care entails many unique challenges and circumstances that are rarely represented in mainstream health sciences education. This book will present content from perspectives across the eight Circumpolar countries on the following themes:

  • Health issues in northern and Indigenous communities

  • Health systems and governance

  • The social determinants of health in northern and Indigenous communities

  • Culture and health

  • Professional practice in rural/remote/isolated communities

Learning objectives for this textbook include:

  • Understanding the unique healthcare needs and professional responsibilities that result from remoteness and population sparsity

  • Identifying the social, environmental and cultural aspects of a community that inform and impact care needs

  • Appreciating traditional and Indigenous medicines and approaches to healing as part of a holistic care system

  • Exploring the similarities and differences in northern health care across the circumpolar region.

A PDF copy of the project description can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Northern Indigenous Health OpenEd Textbook Summary.pdf


This project couldn’t happen without your participation. All contributing authors will be credited prominently in their chapter, the book and promotional materials. All editors, reviewers and other contributors will also be credited.


Apurva Ashok

Project Manager

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