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Native American Health Sciences

We acknowledge the land on which we sit and occupy today as the traditional home of the Spokane tribal nation. We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land.

About Us

Washington State University’s Native American Health Sciences (NAHS) offers almost a dozen pathway and support programs meant to recruit, matriculate, and help Native American students succeed, who are entering into health care fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition and exercise physiology, speech and hearing sciences, clinical psychology, veterinary medicine, and other allied health sciences. Although WSU NAHS is housed on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus, we serve students, staff and faculty across our five campuses, and tribes across the Pacific Northwest. A new Center for Native American Health, meant to provide an indigenous cultural learning and support environment for students, will open in January 2021.

Na-ha-shnee STEAM Summer Institute

Learn about the Na-ha-shnee STEAM Summer Institute and apply by April 30, 2021.

Newsletter coverChanging the Face of Health Care

The 2020 Native American Health Sciences newsletter showcases the amazing work done virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the distance, Native American Health Sciences was able to successfully host multiple events and offer research opportunities for medical students. The program will also open its Center for Native American Health in January of 2021.

Read all about it here.

Student Spotlights

Learn about some of our Native students!
Find all Student Spotlights here.

Lauren SanfordLauren Sanford
Graduate Student, Speech and Hearing Sciences

Board Members

Learn about the Native American Health Sciences Advisory Board.


Flour Sacks: A Memoir
By Naomi Bender for Washington State Magazine

Good medicine
By Brian Clark for Washington State Magazine

Reimagine Indians into Medicine: 15 students to be given upper hand for med school
By Loren Negron, The Daily Evergreen

WSU works to become more welcoming to Native students on its Spokane campus
By Doug Nadvornick, Spokane Public Radio

Changing the face of health care
By WSU News