Medical Anthropology

Medical Anthropology Faculty

Dr. Heinemann

Dr. Roedlach

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.

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