Teaching

Courses and seminars on race, culture, and health

My teaching is not easily separated from my research and is used to contribute to the whole of my scholarship.  I have unique practical experience in pedagogy, having taught in both conventional and unconventional classrooms. I facilitate students’ learning by drawing on 15 years of laboratory and public health experience in medical and public health schools and the Federal government. I have taught undergraduates, high school students and teachers, graduate and professional students, and community members.  Diversity is central to my work as a teacher-scholar and I employ a multiplicity of perspectives throughout the learning experience. My teaching practice is grounded in interdisciplinary scholarship and I encourage students to work outside traditional academic silos, both within and outside of the classroom.  Examples of my courses are below.

Health Equities and Inequities

  • University of Michigan
  • Introductory Training

Course Description:

Many scholars have worked hard to help us understand what underlies the unfair distribution of health outcomes.  In this short training, we will learn about equity, equality, and ho social justice plays a role.

Bounded Justice: a Critical Appraisal of DEI

  • University of Michigan
  • Seminar

Course Description:

The University of Michigan School of Public Health’s annual Fall Semester Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion event. This year’s event includes a talk by Health Management and Policy Assistant Professor Melissa Creary, as well as a dialogue on the topic of “bounded justice” with Health Behavior and Health Education Professor Enrique Neblett.

Bounded Justice and the Limits of Health Equity

  • University of Michigan
  • Seminar

Course Description:

Programs, policies, and technologies—particularly those concerned with health equity—are often designed with justice envisioned as the end goal.  These interventions, however, frequently fail to recognize how the beneficiaries have historically embodied the cumulative effects of marginalization, which undermines the effectiveness of the intended justice. These well-meaning attempts at justice are bounded by greater socio-historical constraints. Bounded justice, then, suggests that it is impossible to attend to fairness, entitlement, and equity when the basic social and physical infrastructures underlying them have been eroded by racism and other historically entrenched -isms.

Public Health Systems: Achievements and Challenges

  • University of Michigan
  • Undergraduate Required Lecture

Course Description:

This course will provide an overview of the essential role of the public health system, which includes healthcare systems, government organizations, and non-governmental organizations, in improving health in the US. The top achievements in public health will be critically examined along with current and emerging challenges and threats to human health and well-being, including health inequities. Mechanisms and measures for evaluating human health and illness will be discussed. This course will emphasize multidisciplinary and multi-sector approaches to health promotion and disease prevention

Race, Disease, and History

  • Emory University
  • Undergraduate seminar and writing requirement

Course Description:
This class integrated perspectives from US history of medicine, social psychology, behavioral medicine, bioethics, medical sociology, and clinical science to address big questions like:  What is disease?  What contributes to the social construction of illness?  How is disease influenced by economics, politics, culture, and society?  What are the roles of providers, patients, advocacy organizations, and government in the framing of disease?  Using sickle cell disease and several other disease models as examples, we examined how interdisciplinary fields have informed our thinking about the relationship between race and health.

Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Policy

  • University of Michigan
  • Graduate seminar

Course Description: 
This course will critically examine aspects of health and health policy from the state and federal perspective, along the axes of race, ethnicity, culture, and place.  Though the class is taught primarily from a U.S. – based perspective, we will cover some topics from an international lens in order to both explore domestic policy within a global context and to consider the international implications of policies and the structures that they create.   Through an interdisciplinary and in-depth engagement with case studies, theoretical tools, anthropological, and public health literature, we will explore social constructions of health, reproductive justice, the social determinants of health and health disparities; environmental inequalities; development and the governance of disease; and the role of states and social movements in the development of health policy.

The Future of Obamacare: Repeal, Repair, or Replace?

  • University of Michigan, Teach-Out Series
  • Open to public
  • In this one week course, participants understand the facets of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how the different options for its future will impact the U.S. healthcare landscape.  My contribution:  Health Insurance for a Vulnerable Population (Sickle Cell Disease)

Course Description: 
This course will provide an overview of the essential role of the public health system, which includes health care systems, government organizations and non-governmental organizations, in improving health locally and globally. The top achievements in public health will be critically examined along with current and emerging challenges and threats to human health and well-being, including health inequities. Mechanisms and measures for evaluating human health and illness will be discussed. This course will emphasize multidisciplinary and multi-sector approaches to health promotion and disease prevention.

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