Dr. Connie Currier coordinates international practicum experiences for Master of Public Health students and co-leads a study abroad program in Ghana. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, she worked in rural clinics and taught healthcare lessons to children and nursing mothers. She has been a global health consultant for John Snow, Inc., Project Hope, the Carnegie Corporation, the Canadian International Development Agency, and other organizations, and she has worked in Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Zimbabwe and Ghana. Dr. Currier is a founding member of the Lansing Latino Health Alliance and has helped organize a number of events including H1N1 vaccination clinics, local health fairs, and Outstanding Caregiver Awards for Latinos in the Lansing area. She has volunteered on the Capital Area Health Alliance Access to Healthcare Committee in Lansing and the Lansing Area AIDS Network World AIDS Day Planning Committee. She has worked to develop and has taught many MPH courses.
Doctor of Public Health, Health Policy, 2002
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Master of Public Health, Joint Degree: Public Health Policy and Administration/Population Planning and International Health, 1988
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Religion, 1981
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Public Health Courses Taught:
HM 101: Introduction to Public Health (Undergraduate)
HM 801: Introduction to Public Health
HM 832: Global Public Health
HM 836: Comparative Healthcare Systems
HM 837: Poverty and Public Health
HM 838: Cultural Aspects of Public Health Practice
HM 847: Public Health in Ghana: Methods for Community Practice
HM 848: Preparation for Public Health in Ghana: Methods for Community Practice
HM 867: Demography, Population Dynamics and Public Health
HM 891: Public Health Pre-Practicum
HM 892: Public Health Practicum
HM 893: Public Health Capstone
Community engagement and study abroad
Social justice and health inequities
Population planning and global health
Professional Activities or Current Research:
Michigan Public Health Association Editorial Board Member
Lansing Latino Health Alliance, Board Member and Secretary
Recent Publications, Presentations:
Currier, C. & Malouin, R. (2020). Evolution of a Community-Engaged Public Health Applied Practice Experience in Ghana. Poster submitted for presentation at Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health Conference, March 18-20, 2020, Arlington, VA., USA.
Barajas, C. B., Barajas, R., Furr-Holden, C. D., McCullough, W. & Currier, C. (2019). Obesity and Employment: Impact of Physical and Sedentary jobs among Latinos. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference, November 2 – 6, 2019, Philadelphia, PA., USA.
Currier, C. (2019, August 8). Global Health and Poverty: A Look “Upstream.” Invited presentation, Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education International Workshops, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI
Currier, C. & Gordon, L. (2019, June). Public Health in Ghana: Lessons Learned from a Community-Engaged Study Abroad Program. Poster presentation at 2019 International Symposium on Global Community Engaged Learning, June 24-29, 2019, Ho, Ghana.
Malouin, R. & Currier, C. (2019, May). Best Practices in Online Graduate Program Instruction and Administration: A New FLC. Poster presentation at Spring Conference on Student Learning & Success: Cultivating Curiosity for Teaching, Learning and student Success, May 6-8, 2019, East Lansing, MI.
Currier, C. and Gordon, L.J. (2017, May 10). Enhancing Learning and Community Engagement in a Public Health Study Abroad Program with Photovoice. Michigan State University Teaching and Learning Spring Conference, East Lansing, MI.
Currier, C. & Gordon, L.J. (2015, November 2). Global community-based public health research: Educating for social justice. Roundtable presentation at the 143nd Annual American Public Health Association Meeting, Health in All Policies, October 31-November 4, 2015, Chicago, IL.
Currier, C. (2015, July 30). Acculturation of Latino Immigrants and Insights for Patient/Provider Interaction. Contribution to Panel Presentation on Caring for the Hispanic/Latino Patient. Sparrow Health System, Lansing, MI.
Currier, C. (2014, November 5). Orphans and Vulnerable Children and the Ebola Epidemic. Invited presenter for Confronting Ebola Hysteria Panel. African Studies Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Gordon, L.J., Currier, C. (2013). Future Publics, Current Engagements: Bridging Disciplines - Current Efforts and Future Directions for Interdisciplinary Work in Anthropology. Presented at the 112th Annual Meeting for the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
Currier, C. & Lucas, J. (2012, February 15). A Tale of Two Programs: The Search for Quality in Study Abroad. Panel Presentation at Developing Study Abroad Programs, Research and Pedagogy Workshop. Sponsored by Michigan State University Office of Study Abroad and Faculty and Organizational Development.
Currier, C. (January 18, 2011). Community Engagement: Healthcare in Ghana. Community Engagement Abroad Spring Seminar. Educating Globally Competent Graduates: Developing Study Abroad Programs, Research, and Pedagogy Seminar Series, Faculty and Organizational Development. Presented at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Currier, C. & Hernandez-Patino, O. (March 20, 2010). H1N1: The Flu and You. 17th Annual Dia de la Mujer Conference. Presented at the Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.