Kitty Corbett


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Research interests

I'm a medical anthropologist committed to public health. My research is about and for change, emphasizing social science theory, methodology, and tools for knowledge translation, health communication, quality improvement, and health promotion. I’ve worked on teams addressing diverse multidisciplinary challenges related to infectious disease (e.g., antibiotic resistance, HIV, Chagas); non-communicable diseases (e.g., oral cancer, mental health, tobacco-related diseases); environment and global health; traditional and local food ways; etc. Beyond Canada and the US, I’ve been a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico and Taiwan, worked on projects in Argentina, Mongolia, Russia, and more, and have supervised students’ work in over 20 countries.

Teaching interests

  • Health communication
  • Research design and mixed methods
  • Theories of change
  • Global / planetary health


AB, Anthropology (1975 Stanford University)

MPH, Behavioral Sciences (1980, University of California Berkeley)

MA, Anthropology (1981, University of California Berkeley)

PhD, Medical Anthropology (1986, University of California Berkeley & San Francisco)

Selected publications

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