Monthly Archives: January 2012

Spring 2012 Courses – Professional Development Anthropology, Medical Anthropology and Ethnic Health & Health Disparities

We are at the start of the Spring 2012 semester and it’s time for another great semester of teaching. During the spring semeter, I teach two undergraduate courses and one graduate courses. The courses are:

ANTH 4501 – Professional Development Anthropology

ANTH 3252 – Medical Anthropology (DE)

MPH 6008 – Ethnic Health & Health Disparities (DE)

Each course brings its own set of exciting and investigative issues to discuss and investigate. Whether the course is face-to-face or distance education, I enjoy finding new ways to present the lecture material and encouraging students to take the lead on their projects/proposals.

Let’s get started!

Ethnic Health & Health Disparities Student Fieldwork Projects – 2011

One of the most exciting classes that I teach throughout the year is the Ethnic Health & Health Disparities class – MPH 6008. This course continues to be a very unique course primarily because it allows students to investigate practical and serious ethnic health issues that are often overlooked in our society today.

Here are some of 2011 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities fieldwork projects/proposals:

The Need for Good Nutrition and Physical Activity Within the African American Population Especially the School Children

Eliminating HPV Linked Cancer Disparities among Minorities Within Eastern North Carolina

“Que Onda..?” A Discussion about Health with Honduran Male Immigrants Living in Durham, NC

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Treatment of Pain

Perceptions of HIV Risk among Black Women in Eastern North Carolina

Efficacy of Smoking Cessation Programs for Rural White Virginians

Obesity and its Ethnic Health Disparities

Motor Vehicle Crashes among Lumbee Youth in North Carolina

An Individual and Community-Based Intervention to Decrease the Prevalence of Diabetes among Lumbee Indian Youth and Prevent the Occurrence of Cardiovascular Disease

These fieldwork projects/proposals showed alot of diversity of the type of relevant ethnic health and health disparity issues in North Carolina and throughout the United States.

Medical Anthropology Student Fieldwork Projects/Proposals – 2011

Now that a new year is upon us and a new semester in Medical Anthropology, I usually receive an inquiry from students in my latest class (ANTH 3252 – Medical Anthropology), what are the type of student fieldwork projects/proposals completed for this class? My response is usually — “Anything that is health related and an issue in which you can discover some new cultural health patterns among a specific group.” I also state, “Select a fieldwork project/proposal that is of interest to you.”

Thus from last year’s Medical Anthropology class (2011), here is a list of some of their fieldwork projects/proposals:

Obesity in America

Teen Pregnancy

Nursing and Stereotyping of Gender

Athritis Doesn’t Just Affect the Elderly



What Makes People Motivate to Exercise

Electronics and Technology’s Indirect and Direct Detriments to the Health of Today’s Population

Eating Disorders

Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Soldiers’ Unseen Scars

Working Women and Eating Habits

Why African American Men Delay Seeking Healthcare

Well, that’s it! Last year, students completed some outstanding fieldwork projects/proposals and I’m sure this Medical Anthropology 2012 class will surprise me again with some outstanding fieldwork projects/proposals. I can’t wait to read them all at the end of the semester!