Category Archives: Spring 2013 Courses

Ethnic Health & Health Disparities Fieldwork Projects and Proposals – MPH 6008

In my Ethnic Health & Health Disparities course – MPH 6008, there are three major objectives: (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.

One of the major requirements for students in this class is to complete an ethnic health & health disparities fieldwork project or proposal. Students are asked to do a project or proposal of THEIR choice and interest that’s related to our course. Fortunately, the projects and proposals from my students have been outstanding, informative and very practical. Here are SOME of the ethnic health and health disparities fieldwork projects and proposals from the past couple of years:

2013 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities Fieldwork Projects and Proposals

The Perception of Married Latina Women HIV Transmission and Risk Factors

The Health Disparities of Obesity among African American Women

Hispanic Culture and Diabetes: The Susceptibility of Today’s Youth

Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Mainstream Healthcare Practices

Asian Indians and Health Disparity

Get Up and Move: African Americans and Obesity

Improving Breastfeeding Support for African American Mothers

Health Disparities among HIV/AIDS Population

Combatting Diabetes in Adult Hispanic/Latino in Pitt County, NC.

Gun Violence in the African American Community

Mental Health Issues among Latino Farmworkers

2012 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities Fieldwork Projects and Proposals

Understanding Infant Mortality among African American Women within Pitt County, NC.

Depression: A Proposal to Evaluate Barriers that Affect African American Males from Seeking Care

Targeting Skin Cancer among Caucasian Women in the United States

A Proposal to Study the Knowledge, Beliefs and Perceptions of Diabetes among the Lumbee Tribe

Communication Breakdown: Impacts of Cultural Competency on Physician and Patient Communication and Strategies to Reduce Ethnic Health Disparities

Tobacco Use in Ethnic Rural Health Disparities: West Virginian Disparities and Culturally Competent Solutions

A Gospel of Good Health: A Fieldwork Study on the Importance of Health and Faith

Solving the Ethnic Health Disparity of Chronic Liver Disease Attributable to Alcohol Consumption in Lumbee Native Americans

Medical Anthropology Fieldwork Projects and Proposals – ANTH 3252 Course

My Medical Anthropology course – ANTH 3252 has three major objectives for students: (1) To provide a comprehensive introduction to the subspecialty of Medical Anthropology – its fundamental principles and key concepts; (2) To encourage awareness of cultural health perspectives and issues; and (3) Apply principles and strategies derived from medical anthropology toward planning, implementing and evaluating health intervention programs.

In particular, the third major objective — applying principles and strategies — gives students an opportunity to conduct their own an applied medical anthropological fieldwork project or develop a proposal. One of the major requirements for this course is for all students to do a medical anthropological fieldwork project or proposal. Quite naturally, students want to know what are the type of applied medical anthropological fielwork projects or proposals that have been completed in previous medical anthropology classes.

Well for those students who want to know SOME of the titles from previous Medical Anthropology classes, here are few titles from my 2013 and 2012 Medical Anthropology classes:

2013 Fieldwork Projects or Proposals

Dealing With Depression on College Campus

The Inequalities of the Healthcare System: A Dental Approach

Preventive Medicine: Wellness and the Treatment of Chronic Diseases

Differences in Health Perspectives and Behavior Between First & Second Generation Indian Americans

The Rising Cost of Healthcare

Childhood Obesity

Cervical Cancer Concerning HPV in College Women

UV Radiation and Skin Cancer among Hispanics

Concussion in College Athletics

Mental Health and Female Violent Offenders

HIV/AIDS among African Americans and Hispanics

Language Barriers: A Field Study of Russian Speaking Immigrants

2012 Fieldwork Projects or Proposals

Motivation for Healthy Lifestyles in Young Woman

Socioeconomic Status and Oral Health

Unprotected Sex on College Campuses

Sexual Health Dialogue Between Parents and Teens

Is Cigarette Smoking More Prevalent on College Campuses in Eastern North Carolina

Exploration of Birthing Options of Teenaged Mothers

The High Cost of Quality Health Care

The Exercise and Eating Routines of College Students

Healthcare Insurance in America

Osteoporosis Screening and Dairy Avoidance in African American Women: Applying Bio-Cultural Analysis to Healthcare Provision Strategies

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 Semester 2013 – Teaching 3 Courses (2 Online and 1 Face-to-Face)

Well, the spring semester 2013 is in full effect now that it’s the first week of February. I am in my regular rotation of courses for the spring semester which consist of the following courses:

1. ANTH 3252 – Medical Anthropology (DE)
2. ANTH 4501 – Professional Development Anthropology (Face-to-Face)
3. MPH 6008 – Ethnic Health and Health Disparities (DE)

The two online courses (ANTH 3252 and MPH 6008) are always challenging to teach because one is an undergraduate course and the other is a graduate course yet both require me to organize the online structure of the courses similarly. That is, I record my podcast and webcast lectures for each course – one after another each and every week. Both are live lectures in which I try to present exactly like a face-to-face lecture in the classroom. Hopefully, once each student downloads the lecture from their blackboard system, it comes across fresh, creative and similar to a regular lecture in a classroom.

Along with the three courses that I teach this semester, I organize a special lecture series for the Anthropology Department entitled, “ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series.” This semester will be the fourth one. The reason why I organized this special alumni lecture series (that’s associated with my Professional Development Anthropology class) is to give undergraduate students an opportunity to listen, connect and network with the department’s graduates. This lecture series has been very successful not only for the undergradate students but also for the alumni who return to the department and share their professional expertise. It also gives the Anthropology department a chance to celebrate the achievements of our graduates so that other scholars and administrators can see that we are graduating students who are making a difference in the professional world.

Stay tuned for updates from each class this semester.