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Fulbright Award has UC educator examining health challenges in China
Date:1/4/2011

The New Year has a University of Cincinnati professor sharing his vast and vital research background on health education in a new location. Randall Cottrell, a UC professor of health promotion and education in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH), is spending the winter and spring academic quarters at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He says he is one of only two public health educators nationally to receive a Fulbright Scholar Award to explore health education efforts in China and share research about health education programs in the United States.

Cottrell's Fulbright experience will involve teaching a foundations of health education course and a health education behavioral theory course to graduate-level Chinese public health and medical students. He spent months trying to learn Mandarin, but all of his classes will be taught in English, the official second language of China. He will also be accompanied by a Mandarin translator for presentations outside the university.

In addition to teaching, Cottrell's research project will explore cross-cultural comparisons in the health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of Chinese and U.S. students. He may also be involved in research related to tobacco control and prevention.

Cottrell also visited Beijing, China last May as part of a delegation representing the American Association for Health Education (AAHE), of which he is a past president, and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), of which he is a past board member. During that visit, he spoke with Chinese high school students.

"When we talked with the Chinese students, they said that stress was their greatest health issue, and teachers agreed that there was tremendous pressure put on students to succeed in school," Cottrell says. "Students reported that they'd start their school day around 7 a.m. and did not return home until 5 p.m. They were then expected to continue at least f
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Contact: Dawn Fuller
dawn.fuller@uc.edu
513-556-1823
University of Cincinnati
Source:Eurekalert

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