B.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Jeffrey Snodgrass
Master of Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) program at Colorado State University.
CO School of Public Health
Global Health & Health Disparities
I will be focusing on health disparities and how they are affecting populations in Northern Colorado, probably Fort Collins to be specific. These issues include environmental factors, socioeconomic status, education, food availability, transportation, proximity to healthcare facilities and numerous other elements combining to form what is commonly known as health disparities. The CSPH uses a two-year program that integrates classroom lecture with a practicum and capstone project, similar to that required for all anthropology undergraduates. The basic coursework focuses on general public health core skills such as epidemiology, quantitative methods, and an overview of how healthcare systems work. Students also take classes in communication and planning which are important when trying to reach a diverse public and assist with improving their health.
The practicum is used to place second-year students with a business or non-profit, and work with their team in some sort of public health capacity. I have not yet decided where I will complete this, but my hope to work with Larimer County’s public health team researching specific populations and the types of health disparities affecting them. This will be completed using anthropological research methods such as GIS mapping, formal and informal interviews, surveys, and any other technique that reveals issues affecting the population.
Note to Current Students
The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University has contributed toward me choosing to pursue a Master’s Degree in public health because of the revealing class discussions and experiences it has facilitated. The courses in cultural psychology and psychiatry have cued me in on how complicated an individual’s distress can be, and that anthropology offers an effective means to understand and address the inequities that exist in populations. A specific example from Dr. Snodgrass’s cultural psychiatry course in the fall of 2014 was intense discussion about how a “depression” diagnosis is not enough to properly address one’s health and well-being. Multiple other elements, social and cultural, contribute toward one’s mental and physical health, and they also need to be addressed to properly curtail health inequities. Furthermore, the academic team at CSU offers extensive networks for students to draw from when formulating their career paths. Dr. Richard Adams, a contingent faculty member in the department, informed me of a field school that I was able to work with last summer. This provided professional experience in public health that certainly assisted in my acceptance to the CSPH and has allowed me to work this summer again on the same reservation practicing anthropological research techniques to better the community.