Sharon Rushing

Cultural/Medical Anthropology

Research Interests:patient-provider communication, health humanities (implementation and evaluation), medical pluralism, health disparities, global health, and community based participatory research.

Dissertation Research:addresses power dynamics of the patient-provider relationship in Western biomedicine. It explores the construction of the phenomenon of being “unwell” in the Western biomedical encounter, and the role of biomedical training methodologies (to include health humanities) as a means to facilitate negotiated patient-provider encounters that yield optimal health outcomes.