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.

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.
  • Syllabus HERE

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.
  • Syllabus HERE

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)


I will also be teaching a core course for the School of Public Health’s inaugural undergraduate program called “Public Health Systems:  Achievements and Challenges in the Fall of 2017.

  • 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.
  • Syllabus HERE


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