IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (Spring 2)

Faculty and Staff

The faculty/staff team shown on this page is a sample of the individuals who may lead your specific program. Faculty and coordinators are subject to change to accommodate each program’s unique schedule and locations.

Program Director
SherriLynn Colby-Bottel
Country Coordinators & Facilitators
Carolina Rovetta Vu Cong Nguyen
Jan Vermeulen  
Traveling Faculty
E. Lee Rosenthal Arielle Ann Smith
Trustees Fellow
Ellen Fugate  

SherriLynn Colby-Bottel

SherriLynn Colby-Bottel, PhD
Program Director
SherriLynn Colby-Bottel received her doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Virginia in 2012. She also completed a BA in anthropology (1998) and an MA in music (2001), with distinction. From 2005 to 2012, SherriLynn conducted ethnographic research in New Orleans, Louisiana, on disaster recovery, nonprofits, urban traditions, and community-based social activities. Her extensive research drew together issues of globalization and race and health disparities. She also examined how environment, structural inequity, and local policy act as determinants of community well-being. Her research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the University of Virginia Faculty Senate Fellowship award for scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching. SherriLynn is passionate about learning, as well as teaching. Her intellectual interests rest at the nexus of holistic community well-being, ethnography, and ethical considerations of representation. She is currently drafting her research into a book.
SherriLynn has been with SIT since 2011; she has coordinated programs for both the Health and the Cities programs. She has worked in higher education for more than a dozen years as both teacher and administrator at California State University, Fresno; the University of New Orleans; and the University of Virginia.


Carolina Rovetta

Carolina Rovetta, MA
Country Coordinator, Argentina
Carolina holds a five-year degree in arts from the University of Buenos Aires and a postgraduate degree in contemporary cinema and theater. She has been working in the field of international education for many years. Carolina is in charge of designing academic and immersion programs in Argentina for students and institutions from abroad. Her focus is on the interaction between academic content and cultural sensitivity. She is very interested in arts and culture and works as a cultural facilitator for the city of Buenos Aires. She has written several pedagogical guides on cultural activities in immersion. Ms. Rovetta serves as an academic advisor for American students studying abroad in Argentina. She first began working with IHP in 2005 and helped establish the Cities in the 21st Century program in Buenos Aires.


Vu Cong Nguyen

Vu Cong Nguyen MD, MPH
Country Coordinator, Vietnam
Nguyen is the deputy director of the Institute of Population Health and Development. He was previously a director of Family Health Research Center, a lecturer at Hanoi Medical School, a program officer with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, and a program officer with Family Health International. Currently, Nguyen is leading several HIV/AIDS research and intervention projects in Vietnam that target most-at-risk populations. He and his staff are also implementing an HIV prevention project targeting young Vietnamese soldiers who are completing mandatory military service. Dr. Nguyen obtained his medical doctorate from Hanoi Medical School in 1993 and a master’s of public health at Brown University in 2005. His expertise includes health systems management, epidemiology, and biostatistics and their applications in public health research, with a special interest in HIV/AIDS. He is also a founder of the Vietnamese Society for HIV/AIDS Medicine and a member of the Vietnamese Public Health Association and American Public Health Association.

Jan G. Vermeulen

Jan G. Vermeulen, MComm
Country Coordinator, South Africa
Jan commenced his career as a human resources practitioner in the private sector and became a business consultant focusing on executive development, change management, mentorship, performance management, and productivity. Since the early nineties he has worked toward poverty alleviation. He relocated to Bushbuckridge in 1993 where he assisted with the set-up of Pfunanane Co-operative and Credit Union. He established the Bushbuckridge Local Business Service Centre in Acornhoek and Central Business Service Centre (now LIBSA). Recently, he has been consulting as a development practitioner and has been involved with research in natural resource business opportunities, income generation for households headed by children because of AIDS, community leadership development, monitoring and evaluation of the transformation program at Wits University, and tourism-based LED at Greater Tzaneen and Letaba municipalities. Jan obtained an MComm at North-West University. He is registered as a practicing industrial psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


E. Lee Rosenthal

E. Lee Rosenthal, PhD, MS, MPH
Traveling Faculty
Lee is a public health researcher and advocate based in the US Southwest at the US-Mexico border, where she works on regional, national, and bi-national public health issues. Her work primarily focuses on advancing the role of community health workers in advancing access to information, services, and health equity. Among her most notable accomplishments is leading the National Community Health Advisor Study funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a study that has been widely cited for its foundational work in examining the role and development of the US community health worker workforce. In addition to her teaching with SIT, Lee is a research affiliate with the Project on Community Health Worker Policy and Practice at the University of Texas School of Public Health’s Institute for Health Policy. Dr. Rosenthal holds an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. Her MS and PhD are from the Public Policy Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Arielle Ann Smith

Arielle Ann Smith, DPhil (PhD)
Traveling Faculty
Arielle is a medical anthropologist and member of Missoula, Montana’s vibrant art and electronic music community. Her induction to the field of medical anthropology began at UC Berkeley, where she completed a senior honors thesis on social aspects of human genetics and a research apprenticeship with a faculty member working on sexual education and health. These experiences established an enduring concern for how patients and healthcare practitioners negotiate public health policy and education, standardized medical practices/knowledge, heritage and “tradition,” and sociopolitical change. Dr. Smith further developed these interests, more broadly situated within a political economy of health framework, through doctoral study and teaching at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral dissertation examined the contemporary practice, use, promotion, and legislation of Chinese medicine within Singapore’s exclusively biomedical healthcare system, and was based on two years of fieldwork and travel in Southeast Asia. She has taught anthropology, medical anthropology, and Chinese language in the United Kingdom at the University of Oxford and the College of Traditional Acupuncture (Warwick) as well as at the University of Montana. She is currently revising her doctoral dissertation for publication as a book.

Ellen Fugate

Ellen Fugate
Trustees Fellow
Ellen is an IHP Health and Community alumna who has previously worked as an environmental organizer and urban educator. Following her IHP experience, Ellen co-coordinated a grassroots energy saving initiative in Corvallis, Oregon. In 2011, Ellen joined Teach for America in Denver as part of the inaugural teaching staff at a start-up school that was previously failing. During her summers, Ellen volunteered at Planned Parenthood health clinics and worked at an urban agriculture CSA. Ellen has a double degree in environmental studies and public health and completed her honors research on perceptions of food security in the Somali immigrant community. In her free time, Ellen has travelled through Mexico and Guatemala, and enjoys trail running, camping, and hiking in Colorado.


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Credits: 16

Duration: Spring, 16 weeks

Program Sites:
USA, Argentina, South Africa, Vietnam

Prerequisites: None. Coursework in public health, anthropology, biology, or related field recommended. Learn More...

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