Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of societies and cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. To learn more about the discipline,visit the American Anthropological Association's This Is Anthropology.
Medical anthropology is a subfield of anthropology that draws upon social, cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology. This helps medical anthropologists understand factors which influence health and wellbeing, the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, the social relations of therapy management, and the cultural importance and utilization of multiple medical systems. Such knowledge, together with research and analytical skills, are invaluable for developing, assessing, and improving health and health care programs and services. Visit the Society for Medical Anthropology for more information.
Creighton University's medical anthropology program provides both a knowledge base and a usable skill set for health and health care in an increasingly complex world through taking seriously the important factors of society and culture. This sociocultural approach to health and health care makes the program unique and complementary with other health-related programs. With its emphasis on fieldwork and cultural analysis in the light of biomedical knowledge, the program furthers the excellence of healthcare professionals.
The Medical Anthropology graduate program is coordinated by the Department of Cultural and Social Studies, at Creighton's College of Arts and Sciences. The program is informed by Ignatian ideals that distinguish Jesuit education from other institutions of higher learning. These ideals, for example, encourage program faculty and students to study and promote strategies for equitable access to effective health care both domestically and globally.
Students can choose to enroll in either the certificate or the master's program. Our core courses are taught by full-time tenure-track and tenured faculty with terminal degrees in their fields, distinguishing this program from many comparable programs that rely extensively on adjunct and temporary teaching staff. The program faculty has combined backgrounds in anthropology, business, ethics, family medicine, nursing, public health, philosophy, social work, sociology, and theology.
All courses are delivered online. The core courses familiarize students with theoretical and methodological approaches in medical anthropology, applications of medical anthropology in health care and public health, as well as central themes, such as rural health and global health. Elective courses focus on special topics, such as social epidemiology and social sciences approaches to understanding cancer, organ transplantation, indigenous health issues, and nutritional health.
Some of our courses are approved by Creighton University's Health Sciences Continuing Education (HSCE) Division for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits. Students who are health professionals (e.g. physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical or occupational therapists) can apply to receive CEU credits when they take these courses. More details will be provided on the HSCE flyer for each course, accessible via the online course listing. The HSCE likewise is committed to Ignatian values.
Types of Degree: MA or Graduate Certificate
Duration: One academic year and two summer semesters for full-time students. However, students can arrange a different program schedule.
Number of Credits Required: 36 for the MA and 18 for the Certificate
Program Start: Summer, with On-Campus Orientation in the preceding Spring
Preferred Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed as soon as they are submitted and students are informed of the decision of the program's Admissions Committee within 3 weeks.
Program Start: Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university by the start of the first semester in the program. An application should include: