Monthly Archives: November 2009

2010 Spring Course: Ethnic Health & Health Disparities: MPH 6008

Greetings Everyone,

It’s another exciting Spring semester in which I get to teach my Ethnic Health and Health Disparities course in the distance education, online approach. This course continues to be one of a kind in the nation simply because ethnic health and health disparities is a tough and sensitive curriculum topic to teach even today. Yet that’s the very reason why I get excited teaching this class as well students are more than ready to talk and investigate all the issues related to today’s ethnic and health disparity issues.

The major objectives that students will receive from this course are:
1. Identify and assess the major health issues associated with specific ethnic and health disparity populations in the United States;
2. Describe ethnic health and health disparity issues; including its unique and important features; and
3. Apply principles and strategies derived from public health and medical anthropology toward planning, implementing and evaluating specific ethnic health and health disparities intervention programs.

In addition to completing this course objectives, students will have the opportunity to complete an applied ethnic health and health disparity project/proposal. You can check out some of the outstanding projects/proposals from an earlier entry of the blog connected to this course.

Overall, this is one of my most exciting, engaging, thought-provoking, and politically-edgy courses that I enjoy dialoguing about with my students. For all those students who complete this course, their perspective and approach to ethnic health and health disparity topics often changes. That’s a good thing!

2010 Spring Course: Medical Anthropology: ANTH 3252

Greetings Everyone,

I am looking forward again to teaching my Medical Anthropology course in Distance Education (DE) mode for the Spring semester primarily because it offers students the flexibilty to take this upper level course as well an opportunity for me to incorporate the latest technology and course content material that address as many of the issues related to medical anthropology. This medical anthropology course is taught in a very applied approach — one in which we discuss and investigate “real life” health and medical issues from a very broad and holistic perspective.

The major objectives that students will receive from this course are:
1. A comprehensive introduction to the subspeciality of medical anthropology;
2. An awareness of cultural health perspective and issues; and
3. Apply principles and strategies derived from medical anthropology toward planning, implementing and evaluating health intervention programs.

In addition to completing the course objectives, students will conduct an applied medical anthropological fieldwork project/proposal. You can check out some of the outstanding projects from previous students earlier in this blog.

In general, I am very glad that I decided to transition this traditional face-to-face Medical Anthropology course to a distance education, online approach. Believe it or not, it allows students to engage in medical anthropology in whole new way!