Dr. Amy Drassen Ham is a medical anthropologist with more than 25 years of experience in higher education. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from Wichita State University (WSU), a Master of Public Health from WSU in conjunction with University of Kansas (KU) School of Medicine - Wichita, and a PhD from KU - Lawrence. Drassen Ham's research interests include advancing culturally informed and responsive care and strengthening person centeredness in healthcare education.  Her other interests include COVID-19 risk reduction, health equity, and interprofessionalism.

During her career at WSU, Drassen Ham has been part of the education of thousands of students. She has developed more than 40 different graduate, graduate research, undergraduate, general education, honors, first-year seminar, applied capstone, and independent study courses and has offered content in telecourse, online, hybrid, in-person, presession, and microcredit formats totaling more than 250 unique class offerings. 

Drassen Ham is a Society for Applied Anthropology Fellow, Tilford Diversity Commission Fellow, WSU Online Learning Faculty Fellow, and recipient of the Excellence in Teaching (2009), Rodenberg Excellence in Teaching (2016), President’s Distinguished Service (2021), Leadership in the Advancement of Teaching (2023), and Virginia Lockhart Health Education (2023) awards. 


Areas of Research Interest

Culturally Informed Healthcare

Risk Assessment

Health Equity

Areas of Teaching Interest

Honors First Year Seminar: Food, Culture & Privilege

First Year Seminar: Public Health in Film

Introduction to Public Health


Honors Epidemiology

Culturally Informed Healthcare

Honors Culturally Informed Healthcare

Honors Field Research

Honors Thesis



Recent COVID-19 Publications

Keene Woods N, Vargas I, McCray Miller M, Drassen Ham A and Chesser A. SARS-CoV2, the COVID-19 Pandemic and Community Perceptions. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. 1/27/2021.

Chesser A, Drassen Ham A, Keene Woods N. Assessment of COVID-19 Knowledge among University Students: Implications for Future Risk Communication Strategies. Heath Education and Behavior. 2/05/2020.

Awards and Honors

Society for Applied Anthropology Fellow

Tilford Diversity Commission Fellow

Wichita State Online Learning Faculty Fellow

Wichita State Excellence in Teaching Award

Rodenberg Teaching Excellence Award

President's Distinguished Service Award

Wichita State Leadership in the Advancement of Teaching

Kansas Public Health Association Virginia Lockhart Health Education Award