Charles Snyder

Charles Snyder

Director of Health Professions Advising

Dr. Snyder is an applied medical anthropologist focusing on three distinct areas that impact public health. He was worked on developing interventions to drug use, addiction, and drug-related chronic illness in environments where the use of drugs is deeply embedded within the cultural framework and sense of identity. Dr. Snyder also conducts community-based projects that aim to improve patient-provider relationships, patient adherence, and the provision of culturally-appropriate health care services. Dr. Snyder’s third area of focus is on community response to crisis with particular emphasis on displaced populations as may be found following large-scale natural disasters or military conflict. Dr. Snyder has conducted fieldwork in East Africa, Haiti, the South Pacific, and with Native people in the United States.

Dr. Snyder serves as the Director of Health Professions Advising where he is proud to support students planning to pursue a career in health care. He also directs the Rhodes College health-related clinical fellowships including St. Jude Summer Plus, Le Bonheur Summer Plus, Memphis Urban Health Institute, and the Baptist Memorial Hospital Summer Fellowship. He is committed to helping all students be the most competitive applicants to professional school that they can be and help them prepare for success upon matriculation to their professional program. Dr. Snyder teaches in the Urban Studies Community Health concentration, Anthropology and Sociology Department, and interdisciplinary courses.


B.A., Anthropology, Washington State University
Ed.M., Curriculum and Instruction, Washington State University
MPH, Public Health Practice, University of New England
Ph.D., Anthropology, Washington State University