Current Position

  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Coordinator of International and Intercultural Initiatives

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. – Anthropology, University of Missouri, 2014
  • M.A. – Anthropology, California State University, 2006
  • B.A. – Anthropology, The George Washington University, 1999

Courses Taught

  • Culture and Health Literacy
  • Introduction to the Research Process and Evidence Base
  • Health Care in the U.S.
  • Health Sciences Internship Abroad
  • Global Public Health
  • Introduction to Public Health Principles and Practices

Research Interests

I am interested in the ways that cultural behaviors influence the spread of infectious disease in human populations. To do this, I use a number of methods, including agent-based computer simulation models and historical epidemiology using primary source records. I am particularly interested in population contact and cultural change in times of epidemic disease, and have focused on two main periods: the 1918 influenza pandemic and the colonization of Alta California by the Spanish in the 18th and 19th centuries.


  • View Dr. Orbann’s publications here

Teaching Excellence Award Winner

Professor Orbann was a recipient for the 2014 Writing Intensive Excellence Award. The WI Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes outstanding WI teaching that helps achieve the mission of Writing to Learn and Learning to Write within the disciplines.

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