Teaching Statement

My teaching methods are based in adult learning theory which assumes that learners are self-motivated, bring their own experiences, want to learn relevant and practical content and that they enjoy being treated with respect. I aim to address each of these principles in my teaching and consider myself to be a learner alongside my students.  My goals for my students are that they engage in meaningful learning and critical thinking.  We achieve these goals through the use of various methods including case studies, group work and the creation of practical deliverables.  I also strongly encourage students to pursue their own professional development objectives including publication of their scholarly works as a result of classroom activities.

Coursera Courses

Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Covers the technical and management principles that are the basis of planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs for acutely displaced populations in developing countries. The emphasis is on refugees in camp situations. The course includes modules on assessment, nutrition, epidemiology of major health problems, surveillance, and program management in the context of an international relief operation.

Ebola Virus Disease: An Evolving Epidemic
Discusses the evolving Ebola epidemic and its various aspects including disease prevention, management and treatment, response to the epidemic, ethical considerations and the post-Ebola global health landscape.

Communicating during Global Emergencies

Introduces basic concepts and principles of communicating during a global crisis or emergency. It explores why communication during an emergency is different and the importance of adapting emergency messages to the needs of affected populations. 

Current Teaching – Rollins School of Public Health

Global Health 508:  Health and Human Rights
Taught annually, spring term.  Provides students with both content and skills in the field of health and human rights.

Global Health 526:  Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Human Rights
This course is cross-listed at LAW819/POLS585. Taught biennially, fall term.  Analyzes how human rights are designed to provide the conditions for the exercise of human agency as the means to enabling people the opportunity to live their versions of the good life.

Past Teaching – Rollins School of Public Health and Emory College

Global Health 500:  Critical Issues in Global Health
Taught intermittently, spring term.  Introduces students to global public health issues of two kinds: (1) fundamental crosscutting issues such as the relationship between global health and economic development, and (2) selected thematic areas such as child survival, HIV/AIDS, and global tobacco control.

Global Health 591Q:  Epi Info
Taught annually, winter term.  Provides an overview of the main Epi Info programs including the creation of data entry screens, the construction of databases, data storage and analysis.

PRS535D:  Survey Methods
Taught annually, spring term.  Presents the basics of questionnaire development and data analysis, as well as the interpretation and reporting of findings. The course introduces students to both quantitative and qualitative data methods.

CampPicStudentsGlobal Health Culture and Society 300R-002:  Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
Taught annually, fall term.  Introduces students to health and social perspectives in humanitarian response.  This course explores a range of topics including: gender and vulnerable populations, war and health, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), food and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), mental health, and risk communications.