Category Archives: Professor Eric Bailey

4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures – Blake Wiggs

Blake Wiggs and Dr. Eric Bailey

Blake Wiggs and Dr. Eric Bailey

Blake Wiggs and the audience.

Blake Wiggs and the audience.

Blake Wiggs

Blake Wiggs

On March 20th, the 4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures began with our first alumni speaker – Blake Wiggs!
Blake is a 2008 graduate who received his bachelors in anthropology and MAT in teaching (2010). Blake had worked in CRM archaeology and is now teaching in the Craven County Early College Program. The title of his talk was, “Anthropology and Education.”

As a reminder, the purpose of ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this lecture series creates more of a constructive, practical dialogue between recent ECU anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Blake’s lecture was exactly the type of information that I wanted the students to hear particularly for the first lecture. Blake began his lecture with giving the audience a little exercise to find out what they perceive as the type of skills that students develop by majoring in anthropology. Interestingly, these skills that anthropology majors achieve at the end of their undergraduate training are exactly the skills that have been labeled as “21st Century Skills.”

Blake said that “21st Century Skills” are emphasized everywhere nowadays particularly in the field of education. 21st Century Skills are needed desperately by employers in every field yet a vast majority of today’s graduates do not have these necessary global skills. Fortunately for anthropology majors, students have these skills. One of the keys as Blake emphasized, “anthropology students need to be made aware that they have these skills.”

By the end of his talk, the audience could easily see how passionate Blake is about the field of education and his long-term commitment to the fields of anthropology and education. In fact, the disciplines of anthropology and education are a great fit for the 21st century!

Check out a few photos of our outstanding first speaker Blake Wiggs and later this summer, I will post a short-video of his talk. You can also check out a few more photos of the event on my professional Facebook page.

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!

Fall 2011 – Global Public Health – Another Exciting Semester!

It was another exciting and innovative Global Public Health course this past fall. It seems like every year, this course continues to increase in enrollment and the wide array of graduate students & professionals who take the course continues to impress me. I had exciting time organizing, producing and presenting this DE (distance education) course which included more online global public health videos and of course my podcasts & webcasts lectures.

Just in case you are not aware of the major objectives of this global public health course, here they are again. Students will learn to :
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; and
3. Apply principles and strategies derived from medical anthropology and public health toward planning, implementing and evaluating global public health interventikon programs.

By the end of the course, I feel that all students achieved the status as a “Global Public Health Director.” To see what I mean, check out some of the titles of the outstanding Global Public Health Projects/Proposals from my students:

Increasing Flu Awareness and Education in Mexican Rural Areas

A HPV Intervention to Prevent Cancers Related to the Virus Through the HPV Vaccine Worldwide

Protecting Racial Minority Populations Through Influenza Vaccination

Contraception Increase among Jordanian Muslim Women

Global Public Health & Geriatric Patient Prescription Consumption

Sickle Cell Trait: The Quality of Life of the Carrier

Pilot Program to Develop Community-Based Preconception Health Education Programs

HIV/AIDS: A Global Public Health Program

Eating to Live, Not Living to Eat

Effects of HIV Education and Awareness on Risk-Related Behaviors among Black Women in Eastern North Carolina

The Life of Migrant and Seasonal Workers in Greene County

The Interrelationship of Food Security, Environmental Degradation, Sustainable Agriculture, and Other Variables: An Interventional Proposition for Betterment in Our Interdependent World

Healthcare Education Level Assessment: A Global Public Health Priority and Concern

Health Literacy Effects on Adolescent and Teen Girls’ Decision Regarding Health Across Various Cultures

Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in Eastern North Carolina: Case Study of Craven

A Tale of Two Cultures: Infant Mortality Comparisons for Hispanic Women and African American Women

Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse Worldwide

Car Seats: Saving One Child at a Time Through Injury Prevention

Prevention of Rheumatic Heart Disease and Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Streptoccal Pharyngitis: Overcoming Barriers in Nicaragua

Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean: A Global Approach to Identifying Commong Personal Barriers to STD Awareness Practices

Global Application of the Bridge Counselor Program: Assessing Barriers that PLWHA Experience in Accessing Medical Care and Receiving Anti-Retroviral Therapy in Eastern North Carolina

A Proposal to Reduce the Effects of Anitbiotic Resistant Bacteria

HIV/AIDS in Black and Caribbean Communities: “Protect Yourself” Intervention Proposal

Prostate Cancer and teh African American Male: A Global Health Study

Obesity and Nutrition in Western Culture

Graduate School Visits Professional Development Anthropology Class!

The Graduate School talks with our Class

The Graduate School and Dr. Bailey

It was a distinct pleasure to have the Graduate School come and visit our Professional Development Anthropology class. On February 23rd, Dean Paul Gemperline, Assistant Dean Belinda Patterson and Director of Graduate Admissions Robin Armstrong shared their expertise and insight into how to prepare for entering graduate school.

A majority of the students stated that they are expecting to go to graduate school whether here at East Carolina University or elsewhere. So this visit by the Graduate School was very important to each of them.

Professional Development Anthropology Class Visits Career Center

Carol Woodruff and Professional Development Anth students

Dr. Bailey and 2011 Professional Development Anthropology Class

Just like last year, my new Professional Development Anthropology class visited ECU’s Career Center to learn about all the services from the excellent staff and administrators. Our site visit to the Career center helps to fulfill two of the major objectives of this course: 1. To research and learn about specific job opportunities and internships related to your area of interest; and 2. To provide an opportunity for various organizations at ECU to present information on practical skill building strategies for students.

In our visit today, Carol Woodruff provided us with an excellent overview of the many services provided by the Career Center. Her presentation highlighted significant issues such as resume & cover letter writing, etiquette training for job interviews, searching for jobs through Pirate Jobs & O-Net, and Networking. She also had the students complete a “hand-shaking” exercise which emphasized how to greet a potential employer.

Overall, the major purpose in setting up this site visit at the Career Center is to give all my students an opportunity to take advantage of all the services related to the Career Center but also to get my students more prepared in finding a job. This is one way in which I try to get all of my anthropology students to “professionalize” themselves now as opposed to later. Of course, I had a lot of fun again!

Fall 2010 Teaching Two Classes – Cultural Anthropology and Global Public Health


The start of the Fall 2010 semester is in full swing and the excitement of another academic year at East Carolina University is upon us! It’s always exciting to see the new set of students and the returning students come back to ECU. They are filled with energy, enthusiam, optimism, and uncertainty — all of which is natural when we all start a new phase of our lives.

This fall semester, I am teaching my regular rotation of two classes — Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 2200) – an undergraduate course AND Global Public Health (MPH 6007) – a graduate course. With regards to my Cultural Anthropology course, I always enjoy teaching this course because we can discuss so many cultural topics that hopefully relates to many of the students in some form or fashion. This is also a course that I have been teaching for over 23 years at various universities and each semester I fine-tuned it to meet the interests of the current students taking this course. One thing for sure about this course over the years, students are ready to learn so much about the world yet need encouragement, motivation and innovative teaching to inspire them to take that chance.

As for my Global Public Health course (MPH 6007), I have been teaching this course online for the past 3 years! I thoroughly enjoy producing this course online because it allows me to create new ways of lecturing via podcasts/webcasts as well as in developing innovative ways for students to interact with each other online. The course topics of this Global Public Health course are always very timely and connect all of us with the world health issues throughout the entire semester. Each year, I get more students who have been waiting all of their academic career to learn about other country’s public health issues. We need to recognize the IMPORTANCE of global health issues to each graduate student that we train here at ECU and universities in the United States. Our students want it and they deserve it.

Finally, I am also starting our Ethnic and Rural Health (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Online Program this fall semester. It’s an exciting start and we feel that it will make a significant impact in the graduate training of future public health and medical professionals in the U.S. and around the world.

Yes… I am Back and ready to Go!

African American Health – MPH 6005 – Summer 1 – 2010

Well, another African American Health course is completed and I had another great, fantastic and fast-paced time teaching this online course! Now that this African American course is established during the Summer 1 session (mid-May-end of June), I have re-worked much of the lecture material to make sure students recognize the major themes that I feel are important to remember from this course. Although there is so much health and medical issues to cover in such a short period of time on African American health, I primarily emphasized the cultural health patterns that cuts across a vast majority of these African American health disparities issues.

In this class, students did an excellent job in completing their assignments (discussion board, midterm, final exam, fieldwork projects/proposal) and participating in the chat sessions. The major advantage in teaching this course online is that I can provide students with the latest and most current research documents or video documentaries on all aspects related to African American health. This year was no exception because of all the new national health care initiatives being implemented, I was able to introduce these issues to the class and students responded through their assignments.

Here are some of the EXCELLENT and OUTSTANDING FIELDWORK PROJECTS/PROPOSALS from this African American Health course – MPH 6005 – Summer 1 – 2010:

Stress and Coping Skills amon African Americans
Obesity and Its Effects on the Black American Community
Patients Beliefs and Behaviors about Breast Cancer Screening
Knowledge and Attitude of Diabetes among African American Women: A Qualitative Fieldwork Project
A Proposal to Conduct a Study on the Perception of African Americans in Wake County NC of HIV/AIDS and STDS
Barriers to HIV Testing in African Americans
African American Women and HIV
Accessing the Perceptions of Healthy Eating and Availability of Healthier Food Choices in the African American Community
African American Mental Health Disparities
An Examination of the Disparities of Hypertension within the African American Community
An African American Male’s Insights and Perspective on the Health Status of His Fellow Brothers

As with all of my courses and particularly with this African American Health course in which I actually developed in the early 1990s, I am very pleased how students are very committed to learning more about this particular topic. Each year, I learn something new from my students and I hope also that students learn something new from me as I further make changes to this course each and every year! It was fun, engaging, fast and I can’t wait for next years class in 2011!

ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures: Lisa Leone presents to Professional Development Anthropology Class

Dr. Eric Bailey Presenting Award to Lisa Leone

Dr. Eric Bailey Presenting Award to Lisa Leone

Audience featuring students and faculty

Audience featuring students and faculty

On March 31st, 2010, ECU Alumni, Lisa Leone – became the third and final esteemed anthropology alumni for our inaugural season to present her thoughts and humorous comments on what it takes to become a “professional anthropologist.” Lisa is a Senior Autopsy Assistant with the Pitt County Medical Examiner’s Office. She graduated with an Masters from the Anthropology Department in 2006 and specialized in Biological Anthropology.

Purpose of the Lecture Series:
Designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this new lecture series creates more of a constructive, practical dialogue between recent ECU anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors on more of the issues related to being a professional anthropologist and the challenges of getting employment or furthering one’s anthropology academic career.

Lisa Leone’s talk highlighted five major issues:
1. Period of Adjustment to Daily Working Conditions
2. Uses Skeletal Training from Forensic Anthropology course
3. Prepare for Graduate School Early
4. Find the Right job that fits your training and preferences
5. Available Internships

At the end of her lecture, I presented Lisa with the final Award which states:
“To acknowledge your professional achievements and to give appreciation for graduating from our East Carolina University Anthropology Department.”

Throughout her talk and afterwords, Lisa had a number of questions from students wanting to know if her job is similar to how medical examiners are portrayed by the media and television. She emphasized that her job does have its unsual events but mostly it is fairly routine medical examinations. Way to Keep it Real Lisa!

Professional Development Anthropology Class visits ECU’s Career Center

Anthropology Students Asking Questions of Associate Director Donley

Anthropology Students Asking Questions of Associate Director Donley

Professor Eric Bailey and Anthropology Students

Professor Eric Bailey and Anthropology Students

Associate Director Larry Donley and Professor Eric Bailey

Associate Director Larry Donley and Professor Eric Bailey

On January 27th, my spring Professional Development Anthropology class visited the ECU’s Career Center. Although this course is designed to get students to recognize what type of practical skills they have acquired through their coursework, I am actually giving students an opportunity to prepare for the job market before they graduate from ECU. Thus, I have our class venture outside of our classroom and visit a number of available resources and expetise on the ECU campus. That’s one of the reasons why I scheduled a meeting with ECU’s Career Center.

At ECU’s Career Center, Associate Director Larry Donley, invited us to the Center and gave us a thorough overview of the Center’s activities along with a brief tour. The program and services offered through the Career Center include: 1. Job Listings and Recruiting Programs, 2. Student Employment, 3. Resumes and Cover Letter Critiques, 4. Career Fairs, 5. Mock Interviews, 6. Advanced Technology and Virtual Career Services, Employer Information Sessions/On Campus Recruiting, 7. Alumni Networks, and 8. Cooperative Education and Internship Program.

Associate Director Larry Donley answered all the questions from the students, provided specific information on how students can be better prepared for their job interviews and most importantly helped to reduce some of the anxiety students may have had when preparing for the job market. At the end of his presentation, Mr. Donley gave the class one final handout. This handout related directly to our course. It was entitled, “Top Ten Skills Sought By Employers.”

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the top ten skills sought by employers are: 1. Verbal & Written Communication Skills, 2. Honesty & Integrity, 3. Interpersonal Skills, 4. Strong Work Ethic, 5. Teamwork Skills, 6. Analytical Skills, 7. Motivation & Initiative 8. Flexibility & Adaptability, 9. Computer Skills, and 10. Attention to Detail. This is exactly the type of information that I wanted my students in Anthropology to know before they graduated because it really comes down to some of these basic skills as to whether they will be employed in an anththropologically-related job or not.

Check out the Photos!

It was a very productive and enlighting visit for all!

Professor Eric Bailey


Greetings and Welcome,

I am a Professor of Anthropology and Public Health and Director of the new Online Certificate Program in Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities at East Carolina University (beginning fall 09). I have had a joint appointment in two departments since starting here at ECU in 2005. I have also served as a Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Cancer Institute. I completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. In earlier roles, I served as Program Director for the Masters of Public Health Program in Urban Public Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and as Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Indiana University at Indianapolis and the University of Houston.

Continue to check back at my Course Happenings blog as I feature some of the innovative, practical, unique, outstanding, and cutting-edge projects from my students in all of my classes. I am sure you will be impressed by the course activities and the student projects!

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