Medical Anthropology Major Goals & Objectives
1. Students will become knowledgeable about the links between health and culture.
a. Students will understand that perceptions of health and illness are socially and culturally constructed
b. Students will be able to articulate the interdependencies among health and cultural context
c. Students will recognize recognize biomedicine as a cultural system
d. Students will gain a solid understanding of the relationship between health-beliefs and health-behaviors
e. Students will be able to explain the implications of social and cultural diversity for health and healthcare
2. Students will be able to use the main methodological tools used to collect data on these issues.
a. Students will use anthropology’s comparative and holistic perspectives in studying health and healthcare
b. Students will be able to describe the role of methods in building anthropological knowledge
c. Students will use qualitative as well as quantitative methods in order to identify culturally constructed ideas on health, illness, and the body.
3. Students will be able to articulate the main theoretical models used in medical anthropology to analyze these issues.
a. Students will identify important theoretical controversies
b. Students will be able to articulate opposing viewpoints in the field
c. Students will be able to apply multiple theoretical perspectives of anthropology to health and healthcare realities
4. Students will be able to apply anthropological analysis to the context of health-related work in order to improve the health of populations.
a. Students will be able to effectively communicate their knowledge
b. Students will be able to apply their skills in health contexts
c. Students will be able to differentiate between cultural and moral relativism and apply norms of universal human rights
d. Students will be able to analyze health problems and questions of equity and justice cross-culturally