University of Washington School of Public Health

Mahina 2018 Application - Indigenous Wellness Research Institute


About Māhina

Māhina is designed for students with a deep interest in becoming health researchers. Students who intend to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral and public health research fields would be an excellent match for this program. Māhina is the only MHIRT program that exposes students to Indigenist approaches to wellness and Indigenous research ethics and protocols. The program features onsite immersion in Aotearoa and research learning opportunities with Indigenous peoples.

Trainees will learn about social, cultural, and historical determinants of Indigenous health; community based participatory/tribal participatory research (CBPR); and culturally-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions.

Central to this unique program is the trainees’ explorations of culturally specific Indigenous epistemologies, methodologies, and research protocols.  In addition to being trained and mentored by top indigenous scholars and researchers, trainees will be assigned a “sibling” graduate student mentor (Tuakana) in accordance with cultural customs of the Maori.

Māhina offers trainees funding for travel and housing costs and a stipend for living expenses

Application deadline: February 16, 2018

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