Medical Anthropology

Medical Anthropology Faculty

Dr. Heinemann

Dr. Roedlach

Medical Anthropology

Program Mission

Creighton University's medical anthropology program is informed by Ignatian ideals that distinguish Jesuit education from other institutions of higher learning and guide both faculty and students to become, using the words of the former Jesuit general superior Fr. Arrupe, S.J., "men and women of competence, conscience, and compassionate commitment." This program is unique in that it integrates the spiritual values, goals, and objectives of Ignatian pedagogy and Jesuit mission with the scientific theories, methods, and practices of medical anthropology not only to define, but also to actualize an integrated and holistic vision of health. This integration expands the multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder collaborative possibilities of applied medical anthropology at Creighton University to play a critical role in global and domestic health care. The Jesuit emphasis on developing capacities for ethical reasoning and engagement with service and justice unifies and gives depth of purpose to the search for truth in our academic medical anthropology program.

Medical Anthropology Major/Minor

Medical anthropology encompasses the socio-cultural, physical, historical, political-economic and symbolic dimensions of sickness and healing across cultural contexts. Medical anthropologists conduct research and apply their findings to address health concerns at home and throughout the globe. Grounded in qualitative research and analysis, this knowledge is vital to developing, assessing, and improving health care policies, programs, and services. 

Top 3 Skills Students Will Learn:

  1. Qualitative Research
  2. Analysis
  3. Community Engagement

"A-Ha" moments:

Students realize the impact and value of medical anthropology most during engaged research while collecting original research data as they learn just how important it is to listen to communities when we want to improve their health and provide the health services they need. The "a-ha" moment of "Oh, we have to pay attention to the full context of patients' lives and family/community relations OUTSIDE of the clinic or hospital room!" will carry students throughout their future career paths.

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