DrPH University of Michigan
MPH University of Michigan
Connie Currier has been assistant professor with the Master of Public Health Program since its inception in 2008. She has developed and teaches many Master of Public Health courses, including Introduction to Public Health, Global Public Health, and Cultural Aspects of Public Health Practice. Along with advising and mentoring MPH students, Dr. Currier coordinates international practicum experiences and each summer co-leads Public Health in Ghana: One Health Perspective, a study abroad experience.
Currier’s experience in global health began in 1982 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana working to develop rural health clinics. She later became a global health consultant for John Snow, Inc., Project Hope, the Carnegie Corporation, the Canadian International Development Agency, and other organizations. She spent two years with the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council developing behavior communication strategies on male motivation. Over the years, she has worked in Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Zimbabwe and Ghana on projects related to family planning, HIV/AIDS and health systems strengthening.
Areas of Interest
Dr. Currier is active in local public health agencies including the Lansing Latino Health Alliance, where she has been on the board since its inception in 2003. Her activities include rapid response and implementation of seven vaccination clinics for Latinos in the Lansing area during the H1N1 outbreak in 2010, an annual Latino Health Fair, and Outstanding Latino Caregiver Award for Lansing area hospitals, among other events.
Dr. Currier is interested in cultural competence and pedagogical approaches to incorporating social justice and community engagement into public health education. Other key areas of interest include strategies to improve online teaching and learning, and public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.