I want to thank all the inquires from potential students, professionals and faculty who have inquired about our new ERHD program over the past few months. We have been working diligently to get our new program into the system at East Carolina University and to obtain federal funding from HRSA (Health Resources and Service Administration).
We want to emphasize to all that this program is OPEN TO ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS WHO QUALIFY AND WHO WANT TO BECOME EXPERTS IN THIS AREA OF ETHNIC AND RURAL HEALTH DISPARITIES. THERE IS NO LIMIT IN THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WE ADMIT AT THIS TIME. WE ARE LOOKING FOR AS MANY INTERESTED GRADUATE STUDENTS OR PROFESSIONALS AS POSSIBLE.
We are however, limited in the number of students we can fund to take the courses. Therefore, if you can afford to take one course at a time, we welcome your application and your record so that you can become apart of a brand new type of expert in the field of public health, medicine, nursing, allied health and medical anthropology — Specialists who are experts in Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities.
Just to let you know, my teaching schedule for the Spring Semester includes one of my recently developed courses — Professional Development Anthropology: 4501. I am very excited about this course primarily because it will be only the second time that I teach it and the fact that this course is the first of its kind in the field of anthropology.
This course is an outgrowth of a concern that I have had for a number of years related to students majoring in anthropology and students in general. The fact that students spend their years majoring in a particular field such as anthropology and investing thousands of dollars in their major yet by the end of their major, students are a bit unsure what their major will do for them once they graduate and what type of PRACTICAL skills have they truly acquired after the years in the major. These type of issues motivated me to develop this course.
To reinterate, here are the COURSE OBJECTIVES of this course:
1. Getting students to recognize what type of practical skills they have acquired through their coursework;
2. Recognizing how these practical skills whether specializing in archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, or medical anthropology can assist them in obtaining jobs that are not necessarily anthropologically-related;
3. Providing an opportunity for various organizations at ECE (i.e..Career Services) to present information on practical skill building strategies to our anthropology students;
4. Researching and learning about new internship and job opportunities related to their area of interest; and
5. Providing a forum for students to learn from each other about the practical skills that they have acquired through their anthropological training.
So if you are interested in any of these course objectives, check out and enroll into my spring semester course — PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ANTHROPOLOGY 4501. It meets only 1 day a week – Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm. You can also come by my office: Flanagan 209 if you have additional questions about this practical course for all ECU students.