Sanggon Nam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Health
Department of Public Health Sciences

Office Phone: (951) 552.8083
E-mail: snam@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus H136
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-12:00 and 16:00-17:00 or by appointment.

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Preventive Medicine and Community Health (Social Epidemiology) University of Texas Medical Branch 2012
M.S. Sociology (Minor in Statistics) Clemson University 2007
B.A. Journalism and Culture Handong University, South Korea 2000
  • Additional Education

    Exchange Student, Biola University, 1999
    Sociology Ph.D. Coursework at Emory University, 2007-2008

  • Courses Taught

    Introduction to Public Health, Introduction of Epidemiology, Social Epidemiology, Aging and Health, Research Methods, Statistics in Public Health and Health Administration, Applied Research, Public Health Capstone, Public Health Practicum, and Contemporary Health Administration

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Health Disparities in minority aging, global obesity, disability & mortality among older adults, and Minority Health (Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, Latin Americans and the Caribbean, and Asian Americans.

  • Teaching Experience

    Assistant Professor, Department of Health Administration, Pfeiffer University, 2012- 2016
    “Contemporary Health Administration (MHA 710),” “Population Health (MHA 712)” “Legal and Ethical Perspectives in Healthcare Administration (MHA 715),” “Practicum in Health Administration (MHA 790), “Applied Research (MHA 795)

    Adjunct Professor, Tillman School of Business, University of Mount Olive, 2014- 2016 “Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (BUS 302),” “Intro to the US Healthcare System (HCM 300).” “Global Health (HCM 355),” “Healthcare Statistics (HCM 401),”

    Teaching Assistant, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, 2008-2012

    Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Emory University, 2007-2008

    Teaching Instructor, Department of Sociology, Clemson University, 2006-2007
    “Methods of Social Research” (SOCL 303): SPSS LAB

    Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, Clemson University, 2005-2006

    Instructor, Faculty of English, Handong Global International School, Korea, 1999-2000

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    PUBLISHED ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

    Nam, S.*, Al Snih, S. Markides, K.S. (2017). The Effects of Chronic Medical Conditions and Obesity on Self-Reported Disability in Older Mexican Americans. Texas Public Health Journal, 69 (3). 12-15. PMCID: PMC5568134. https://goo.gl/jrKgBP

    Nam, S.*, Al Snih, S. Markides, K.S. (2017). A Concordance of Self-reported and Performance-based Assessments of Mobility as a Mortality Predictor for Older Mexican Americans. Geriatrics & Gerontology International, 17 (3). 433-439. PMCID: PMC4958037. http://goo.gl/mk6JDV

    Nam, S.*, Al Snih, S. Markides, K.S. (2016). Lower Body Function as a Predictor of Mortality over 13- Years of Follow-Up: Findings from the Hispanic EPESE. Geriatrics & Gerontology International, 16 (12). 1324–1331. PMCID: PMC4889559. https://goo.gl/nEbDSS

    Nam, S.*, Al Snih, S. Markides, K.S. (2015). Sex, Nativity, and Disability in Older Mexican Americans. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63 (12). 2596–2600. PMCID: PMC4688166. http://goo.gl/ncTNQ9
    (*Note: An earlier version was received the Honorable Mention for the Masters Student Award funded by the Retirement Research Foundation, at the 139th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition, Washington, DC, 2011.)

    Nam, S.*, (2015). Medical Conditions, Obesity and Lower Body Function in Mexican Americans 75 and Older. Austin Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome, 1(1). 1002. https://goo.gl/HSq3vB

    Nam, S.* (2013). Obesity and Asian Americans in the United States: Systematic Literature Review. Osong Public Health and Research Perspective, 4 (4). 187-193. PMCID: PMC3767102. http://goo.gl/JchiAX

    Nam, S.* (2013). Effects of Social Support and Spirituality on Weight Loss for Rural African-American Women. ABNF Journal, 24 (3). 71-76. PMID: 24027958. https://goo.gl/RIePTZ

    Nam, S.* (2013). The Effects of Religious Attendance and Obesity on Health by Race/Ethnicity. Osong Public Health and Research Perspective, 4 (2). 81-88. PMCID: PMC3767098. http://goo.gl/MoZyS4

    Nam, S.**, Kuo, Y.F., Markides, K.S., Al Snih, S. (2012). Waist Circumference, Body Mass Index, and Disability Among Older Adults in Latin American and the Caribbean. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 55 (2). e40–e47. PMCID: PMC3418389. http://goo.gl/PM8ZJo
    (**Note: Best Student Award Poster in the 15th Forum on Aging sponsored by the Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 2011)

    Do, T.N., Nam, S.* (2011). Knowledge, Awareness and Medical Practices of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders on Chronic Hepatitis B Infection: Review of Current Psychosocial Evidence. Health and Social Welfare Review, 31 (3). 341-364. PMCID: PMC4139091 http://goo.gl/bEvdFw

    *corresponding author


    PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

    Nam, S., Al Snih, S., Markides, K.S. (2013). Diabetes and Disability in older Mexican Americans, 1993-2011. Gerontologist. 53. (S1). 640.

    Nam, S., Al Snih, S., Markides, K.S. (2012). Obesity, Diabetes and Disability in older Mexican Americans, 1993-2011. Gerontologist. 52. (S1). 30.

    Nam, S., Markides, K.S. Al Snih, S. (2011). Waist Circumference and Disability Among Older Adults in Latin American and the Caribbean. Gerontologist. 51. (suppl. 2). 583-584.


    ORAL PRESENTATIONS

    Nam, S. (2016). “Sex, Nativity, and Disability in Older Mexican Americans” presented at the UNCC Representative Beverly Earle Minority Health Disparities Distinguished Lecture Conference, Charlotte, NC

    Luttrell*, M., Nam, S. (2015). “Utilization of Clinical Risk Management Policies in U.S. Primary Care: Systematic Review” presented at the Southeastern Chapter of Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (InfORMS), Myrtle Beach, SC

    Nam, S., Al Snih, S. Markides, K.S. (2014). “An Exploration of the Longitudinal Association between Obesity, Diabetes, and Disability in Older Adults: Findings from the Hispanic EPESE” presented at the 142nd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA

    Nam, S., Markides, K.S. Al Snih, S. (2011). “Waist Circumference and Disability Among Older Adults in Latin American and the Caribbean” presented at the Gerontological Society of America's 64th Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA

    Nam, S., Al Snih, S. Markides, K.S. (2011). “Are the Foreign-Born healthier than the US-Born among Older Mexican Origin?” presented at the 139th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition, Washington, DC

    Nam, S. (2010). “Lower Body Function as a Predictor of Mortality over 13- Years of Follow-Up in older Mexican-American.” presented at the 138th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Exposition, Denver, CO

    Nam, S. (2009). “The Effect of Medical Conditions on Activity Limitations in Older Mexican-American.” presented at the 50th Annual National Student Research Forum, Galveston, TX

    Nam, S. (2006). “Formation of the Modern State - A Comparative Study in terms of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim.” presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA

    Nam, S. (2005). “Middle Size Hospitals Decrease.” presented at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia, PA

    *co-authored with graduate students

    POSTER PRESENTATIONS

    Page*, J., Nam, S. (2016). “HIV/AIDS among Low-Income African Americans in the U.S.” poster presented at the UNCC Representative Beverly Earle Minority Health Disparities Distinguished Lecture Conference, Charlotte, NC

    Thomas*, M., Nam, S. (2016). “Parkinson’s disease patients currently using wheeled laser/light walkers: comparing safety in ambulation; familiar and unfamiliar environments” poster presented at the UNCC Representative Beverly Earle Minority Health Disparities Distinguished Lecture Conference, Charlotte, NC

    Moye*, K., Nam, S. (2016). “Health Effects of Chemical Hair Relaxers on African American Women” poster presented at the UNCC Representative Beverly Earle Minority Health Disparities Distinguished Lecture Conference, Charlotte, NC

    Luttrell*, M., Nam, S. (2016). “Utilization of Clinical Risk Management Policies in U.S. Primary Care” poster presented at the UNCC Representative Beverly Earle Minority Health Disparities Distinguished Lecture Conference, Charlotte, NC

    Nam, S., Y Aluko, JE Williams, Jr., W Ntim, G Swain, C Richardson, J Brewington, JB Sebree*, JS Lewis*, D McClain*, VH. Miller, B Parker, D Hollar. (2014). “Coronary Heart Disease Disparities by Race/Ethnicity in Charlotte, North Carolina” poster presented at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference, National Harbor, MD

    Nam, S., Y Aluko, JE Williams, Jr., W Ntim, G Swain, C Richardson, J Brewington, JB Sebree*, JS Lewis*, D McClain*, VH. Miller, B Parker, D Hollar. (2014). “High Blood Pressure by Race/Ethnicity among Coronary Heart Disease Patients in North Carolina” poster presented at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference, National Harbor, MD

    Hollar, D., Lewis*, J.S., Sebree*, J., Nam, S. (2014) “Evaluating Healthy People 2010 Goals for Disparities faced by Persons with Disabilities by Race and Gender: Analysis of NHANES 2001-2010 Data” poster presented at the 2014 Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC), New Haven, CT

    Nam, S., Al Snih, S. Markides, K.S. (2013). “Diabetes and Disability in older Mexican Americans, 1993-2011.” poster presented at the at The Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA

    Nam, S., Al Snih, S. Markides, K.S. (2013). “Obesity and Disability in older Mexican Americans.” poster presented at the 4th Annual Korean-American Science, Engineering, and Medicine (KSEA), South-Atlantic Regional Conference, at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

    Nam, S., Al Snih, S. Markides, K.S. (2013). “Obesity and Disability in older Mexican Americans, 1993-2011.” poster presented at the 141st American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA

    Nam, S., Markides, K.S., Al Snih, S. (2011)."Waist Circumference, Body Mass Index, and Disability Among Older Adults in Latin American and the Caribbean." Poster presented at the 15th Annual Forum on Aging by the Sealy Center on Aging, Galveston, TX

    Nam, S., Peek, M.K. (2011). “The Effects of Religious Attendance and Obesity on Health by Race/Ethnicity.” Poster presented at the 52nd Annual National Student Research Forum, Galveston, TX

    Nam, S. (2011). “Prediction of Mortality among Older Mexican Americans using the Concordance between Self-reported and Performance-based Assessment of Mobility.” Poster presented at the Public Health Symposium, Galveston, TX

    *co-authored with graduate students

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Grove Community Church

  • Community Service & Involvement

    Adviser, Global H.O.P.E Initiative, 2016 – Present.

  • Personal Philosophy

    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

    -Matthew 6:33-