Monthly Archives: October 2015

Fall 2015 – Global Public Health class

One of the best things about the fall semester is that I get to teach a different type of class – an online Global Public Health class for graduate students. My online Global Public Health (MPH 6007) course is apart of my Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate online program and it is designed to get our graduate students to think outside the general framework and structure of our typical public health course. That’s probably why I truly get overly excited about teaching this class each fall semester.

Additionally, what makes this class so special is that there is always new global public health issues in the news each year and particularly this time of the year so I can usually include these global public health events into my lectures. This also allows students to see how important this class is to them and brings the practical basis of this course directly to them.

What’s particularly special about this global public health class is that I use my podcast and webcast lectures the best way that I can to HIGHLIGHT the key issues from the weekly material. Moreover, the online videos that I use throughout the semester provides students with a better understanding of the specific global public health issue.

Thus far in the semester, all the students have been very much involved in the lecture material and are truly engaged in the weekly discussion board sessions. As each week goes by, I can tell that the students’ perspectives are changing and they very much are embracing a more broad approach to global public health!

That’s why the course objectives are so important for this class. They are:
1. Identify and assess the major components of medical anthropology and public health as they relate to global public health issues.
2. Identify and discuss the major global public health concerns of specific populations from one country to another.
3. Apply principles and strategies derived from medical anthropology and public health toward planning, implementing and evaluating global public health intervention programs.

Fall 2015 – Cultural Anthropology class

Here is the rest of the class conducting observation.

Here is the rest of the class conducting observation.

Here is the class conducting observation fieldwork

Here is the class conducting observation fieldwork

We are well underway in the Fall semester and my Cultural Anthropology class has been a delight this semester already. Now that it’s October, I have already given the class their first exam and a majority performed well on it. This class is a bit different than previous classes because I am located in a larger lecture hall and I have more students (60) in this class. In fact, I prefer larger classes. With larger classes, they tend to be more diverse so it allows me to experiment with so much more lecture material.

For example with this larger class, I like to add more class exercises in which students have to think differently about the cultural anthropological topics. Early in the semester, I took the class outside to do observational fieldwork of student behavior. Check out a couple of pictures from our visit outside. Even though I had told them that we were going to go outside, they were a bit surprised when I told them that we were going outside. Overall, it was a fun class exercise!

Now that I have been teaching this Cultural Anthropology class for the past 30 years, I still know how to meet the course objectives which are:
1. To provide a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Cultural Anthropology – its fundamental principles and key concepts.
2. To encourage awareness of cultural and human diversity.
3. To help all students make sense of our increasingly interconnected world and to find their particular place in it.
4. To help students to find out how they can make a difference in our local and global communities.