Medical Anthropology

Medical Anthropology

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.

Bachelor of Arts, Medical Anthropology

Major: Bachelor of Arts, Medical Anthropology, 37 credits

Application process:  Majors are declared through the College of Arts and Sciences. To be accepted with a major in Medical Anthropology, you must take an Introduction to Anthropology course earning a grade of "C" or better (111 or 112 or 113). Additionally, you must take another 3-credit hour course in Sociology or Anthropology earning a grade of "C" or better. If you are in the process of completing or have not completed these requirements, then your application may be deferred or rejected.

Course Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credits Per Course

Cross-Listing

ANT

111: Introduction to Anthropology

OR 112: Culture, Energy, Sustainability OR 113: Social & Cultural Determinants of Health

3

ANT 301

Social & Cultural Theory

3

SOC/AMS

ANT 312

Research Design for the Social Sciences

3

SOC/HAP

ANT 314

Statistics for the Social Sciences

4

SOC/HAP

ANT 316

Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

3

AMS/SOC

ANT 363

Medical Anthropology

3

ANT 418

Healthcare, Society, and Culture

3

SOC

SOC 499

Capstone: Applying the Social Sciences

3

SOC

12 credits in Anthropology 300 level or higher


Minor: Medical Anthropology, 18 credits

Application process:  Minors are declared through the College of Arts and Sciences. To complete a minor in Medical Anthropology, you must take one of the Introduction to Anthropology courses (111 OR 112 OR 113) earning a grade of "C" or better. You must also complete:

  • ANT 363: Medical Anthropology, ANT 418: Healthcare, Society, and Culture
  • EITHER ANT 312: Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences OR ANT 316: Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Six elective credits in Anthropology, or from the lists above

Minor in Medical Anthropology, Nursing Students: Nursing students must take one of the Introduction to Anthropology courses, ANT 314, ANT 316, ANT 363, as well as NUR 353 and NUR 354.

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