Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Culminating Experience Coordinator

Public Health Focus/Interests:

Linda Gordon has been working with the MPH Program since 2011, when she was brought on to co-develop/lead a community-based research program in Ghana, West Africa, which serves as a practicum/elective course for MPH students. Since then, she has worked in a variety of capacities within the program: teaching courses on research methods, poverty and public health, and water and public health, as well as leading programs in Ghana, Brazil, and Costa Rica. Starting in 2017, in addition to instructing, as the culminating experience coordinator, Ms. Gordon is engaged in program-wide curriculum development and coordinates the practicum and capstone activities for MPH students. Outside of the MPH Program, Ms. Gordon has worked in Michigan State University’s Office of Education Abroad, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, and Department of Anthropology. Her areas of interest include: health inequities, biocultural approaches to health and human development, social and cultural dimensions of health, human rights/social justice, global public health, public health ethics, migration and health, poverty and health, malaria, mental health, water/sanitation and health, applied social research, research methods, research ethics, and the US/Ghana/Costa Rica/Brazil.



Master of Public Health, 2016
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Master of Arts, Medical Anthropology, 2011
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Master of Science, Applied Social Research, 2009
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Bachelor of Science, Anthropology, 2006
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


Public Health Courses Taught:
HM 837: Poverty and Public Health

HM 839: Water and Public Health

HM 848: Public Health in Ghana: Community Based Field Research Methods

HM 849: Healthcare in Brazil: A Public Health Perspective

HM 880: Quantitative Methods in Public Health Research

HM 891: Introduction to Public Health Practicum

HM 892: Public Health Practicum

HM 893: Public Health Capstone


Professional Experience/Expertise:

Health inequities

Research methods/Community Engagement

Global health & Education Abroad

Biocultural approaches to health and human development

Social and cultural dimensions of health



Professional Activities or Current Research:

Working with the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, on a project exploring: Public Preferences for Addressing Donors' Moral Concerns about Biobank Research

Ongoing community-based research in Ghana focused on: nutrition; mental health; malaria; water/sanitation


Recent Publications, Presentations (2010 to present):

Raymond G. De Vries, PhD; Tom Tomlinson, PhD; Kerry A. Ryan, MA; Linda Gordon, MS, MA, MPH; Chris D. Krenz, BA; Scott Jewell, PhD; Scott Y. H. Kim, MD, PhD. The Public’s Moral Concerns with Donating to a Biobank and Their Consent Policy Preferences: A Mixed Methods Study. The 4th ELSI (ethical, legal and social implications of genomic research) Congress, Farmington, CT, June 5-7, 2017.

Currier, C. & Gordon, L.J. Enriching Community Relationships and Research with Photovoice. Submitted for Oral Presentation at the 145thAnnual American Public Health Association Meeting: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health, Nov. 4 - Nov. 8, 2017, Atlanta, GA. (Accepted)

Currier, C. & Gordon, L.J. Enhancing Learning and Community Engagement in a Public Health Study Abroad Program with Photovoice. Teaching and Learning Abroad, Spring Conference, May 9-11, 2017, East Lansing, MI.

Currier, C. & Gordon, L.J. 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.

Gordon, L.J. Mental Health in Ghana, West Africa: A Critical Analysis of Cross-Cultural Assessment and Diagnostic Practices, Invited Lecture, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Gordon, L.J. Confronting Ebola Hysteria, Invited Panel Presenter, MSU African Studies Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2014.

Gordon, L.J. & Currier, C. Bridging Disciplines: A Critical Examination of Current Efforts and Future Directions for Interdisciplinary Work in Anthropology, Accepted for Oral Presentation at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Nov. 20-24th, 2013, Chicago, Illinois.

Gordon, L.J., Glegziabher, M. When is enough, enough? Broad considerations of participant “compensation” in anthropological practice. Oral Presentation at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, March 28th-April 1st, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland.

Rovin, K., Stone, R., Gordon, L., Boffi, E., & Hunt, L. (2012). Better Than Nothing: Participant Experiences in Using a County Health Plan. Practicing Anthropology, 34(4), 13-18.

Rovin, K., Gordon, L.J. A little better than nothing: Perceptions and Use of a Health Plan for the Uninsured. Oral presentation for the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, March 29-April 2, 2011, Seattle, Washington.

Bresin, K., Gordon, K.H., Bender, T.W., Gordon, L.J., & Joiner, T.E., Jr. (2010). No pain, no change: Reductions in prior negative affect following physical pain. Motivation and Emotion.


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