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Claudia  Ordóñez

Adjunct Asst Professor

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Global Health

I was born and raised in Colombia, South America, and came to the United States over 20 years ago. My academic training has been in anthropology, archaeology, international development and intercultural relations. I also have a certificate in Health and Human Rights. Broadly speaking, my professional work is about finding ways to improve human interaction in the context of healthcare, with the ultimate goal to improve human health and achieve health equity. Using the lenses of medical and applied anthropology, my research interests include HIV/AIDS, plural health systems, traditional African medicine, and health equity with a focus on community engaged research approaches, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research collaborations, and intercultural proficiency conceptualization, evaluation, and training.

I teach courses in the Community Health and Development concentration and I maintain a flourishing set of ongoing biomedical and public health research collaborations with colleagues in South Africa and in the United States. Currently, I make part of a multinal-national (South Africa/USA/Europe) biomedical and public health research team conducting implementation science in South Africa, as well as the NIH sponsored GEORGIAL CEAL project, which is conducted in collaboration with Morehouse School of Medicine, Southside Medical Center, and DeKalb County Board of Health. 

Recent publications: 

NEW! Book Chapter: "Coordination of Medical Pluralism in Public HIV Health Care in South Africa: Shifting to an Alliance Framework with Traditional Health Practitioners." in Living with HIV in Post-Crisis Times, Beyond the Endgame

Article: "Public Health Needs Liberation Theology"

Article: "Not Race, Raicism: Concerns of COVID-19 Affecting African Americans"

News and Social Media: "Academic freedom, free speech on campus"“Addressing power dynamics requires more than adhering to a policy of trigger warnings or creating ‘safe spaces,’” Ordonez said. “How can we create true academic freedom and free speech among students who feel powerless?” Conference Coverage, Emory News

For a complete list of publications see:

Google Scholar Page

Contact Information

1518 Clifton Road, Hubert Department of Global Health, CNR Building

Atlanta , GA 30302


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Areas of Interest

  • Community Based Research
  • Community Health & Development
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Systems
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Disease
  • Latino Health
  • Research Methods
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • Intercultural Relations 2003, Lesley University
  • Anthropology 1999, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Courses Taught

  • GH 586: Community Health Assessment

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Courses Taught:

GH-572 Community Transformation (2 credits). Offered: fall break and January preterm

GH-586 Community Health Assessment (3 credits) Offered: fall semester