associate dean for research and health policy, director of the Institute for Rural Health Research
Epidemiology, rural health, health disparities, cancer rates in rural areas, Black Belt, statistics, medical evaluation
Dr. Higginbotham is an epidemiologist. For the past 14 years, he has taught epidemiology, statistics, evaluation and research design to both medical and non-medical graduate students. Dr. Higginbotham’s most recent presentations and publications have focused on racial and ethnic disparities in rates of cancer and in other health issues that have particular impact in rural areas. He has been principal investigator or co-investigator in a number of research projects including ones related predictions of vaccinations among older African-Americans, psychosocial impact of cancer in rural/urban women, and barriers to diabetes care.