MMA Program Learning Goals

General Information

Program Director:

Alexander Roedlach, SVD, Ph.D.
Phone: 402.280.2567

MMA Program Learning Goals

The Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology prepares students to:

Identify and examine the holistic, comparative, and ethnographic perspectives of medical anthropology. Students will be able to :

  1. Analyze social behavior and cultural beliefs within specific groups and their conceptions of and practices associated with illness, health, and healing.
  2. Apply the perspectives and approaches of medical anthropology to analyze issues of health and illness.


Apply the commonly used methods in medical anthropology for research. Students will be able to:

  1. Collect and analyze data based on a clear understating of the qualitative, quantitative, and integrated mixed methods used by medical anthropologists.
  2. Conduct fieldwork, extensive library research, or a practicum. They will be skilled in consulting existing knowledge, following the scientific standards commonly accepted in anthropology, and producing original knowledge.


Identify and examine ethical issues in medical anthropology research and practice. Students will be able to:

  1. Identify and analyze ethical issues commonly faced by medical anthropologists in their research, writing and the interpretation of their findings.
  2. Identify and apply the ethical standards of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other ethics boards.


Make informed and reflexive contributions to scholarly, professional, and general communities. Students will be able to:

  1. Critically identify, examine, and interpret personal, professional, and Ignatian values and become advocates for change.
  2. Practice effective, clear, and empathic communication across diverse social and cultural perspectives.