• Adjunct Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Health Systems and Population Health
  • Adjunct Professor, American Ethnic Studies
Clarence Spigner

University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 357660
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Raised in poverty and segregation in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Clarence Spigner, DrPH, served in the U.S. Air Force (1964-68) which included a tour in Vietnam (1966-67). Worked as a telephone lineman (1968-74) in Los Angeles County while attending community colleges in Santa Monica (1974-76) and Oakland (1977) on the GI Bill. Worked series of odd-jobs (dispatcher, janitor, physical fitness instructor, kitchen-worker and tutor) while completing his BA in sociology at UC Berkeley (1977-1979) and MPH (1980-1982). Did pre-doctoral work as health planner for the National Health Service in London, England (1982-83). Earned doctorate (DrPH) in 1987 from U.C. Berkeley. Assistant Professor at University of Oregon in 1988 where he developed research/teaching interests in race/ethnic relations and health. Earned tenure as Associate Professor in 1994. Recruited to University of Washington’s School of Public Health (1994). Studied tobacco-related behavior and opinions about organ donation and transplantation. Teaches Program Planning & Evaluation, Qualitative Research Methods, and Values and Ethics in Research. Developed new courses in Honor’s College based on prize-winning books (I am Charlotte Simmons and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks). Directs his own study abroad program since 2007 called Dark Empire addressing multiculturalism and health in Britain.

  • DrPH (University of California (Berkeley))
  • MPH (University of California (Berkeley))
  • AB (University of California (Berkeley))
Country Affiliations 
Health Topics 
  • Bioethics
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Distance Learning
  • Education and Training
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Promotion
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Poverty
  • Prevention
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
  • Race
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use

H Murugan, C. Spigner, C M McKinney, and C.J. Wong, Primary Care Provider Approaches to Preventive Health Delivery: A Qualitative Study. Primary Health Care Research & Development. Jan 8:1-11, doi: 10.1017/S146317000858, 2018.

BA Young, SM Fullerton, JG Wilson, K Cavanaugh, E Blacksher, C Spigner, J Himmalfarb, W Burke, Clinical Genetic Testing for APOL1: Are We There Yet? Semin Nephrol, 37(6):552-557, 2017

C Dimaano, C. Spigner, Teaching from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Student Perspectives of Health Disparities and Medical Ethics. HEJ. Health Education Journal, 1-12, 2016.

JM Cermele, AC Halperin, C Spigner, A Ratzliff, WJ Katon, Collaborative care Psychiatrists’ Views on Treating Bipolar Disorder in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 36(6):575-80, 2014.

MA Sanon, C Spigner, M. C McCollaugh, Transnationalism and Hypertension Self-Management Among Haitian Immigrants. J. Transcult Nurs, 1-10, 2014