Program of Study - Master of Arts

General Information

Program Director:
Laura L. Heinemann, Ph.D.
Phone: 402.280.2302


Program of Study - Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology

The master's degree program consists of twelve courses (36 credit hours). The program can be completed in one year if full-time students start in the summer and take three courses during each of the fall, spring, and two summer sessions. However, students can elect, in consultation with their academic advisor, to follow a different program schedule.

The course offerings are primarily delivered online with one exception: as part of the required first Seminar, MMA 600, all incoming students spend four days on Creighton's campus for the program orientation. The remainder of the course is online.  

Students will select, together with their advisors, one of the following program paths:

  • the thesis tracks are (1) the Field Research track and (2) the Library Research track.
  • The non-thesis track is (3) the Practicum track, which includes a capstone paper.

Students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade average throughout the graduate program. Creighton undergraduate students can, in their final semester before graduation, take 500- and 600-level courses in program upon approval by the Program Director. 

Required Courses (all)

MMA 600 Seminar in Medical Anthropology (3 credit hours)
MMA 610 Public Health Anthropology - Bridging Differences (3 credit hours)
MMA 620 Global Health: Local Realities and Global Forces (3 credit hours)
MMA 630 Health Care and Health Services - Anthropological Perspectives (3 credit hours)
MMA 640 Rural Health Issues and Initiatives (3 credit hours)
MMA 750 Methods I - Quantitative Research Analysis (3 credit hours)
MMA 760 Methods II - Qualitative Field Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Required is one of the following courses:

MMA 770 - A Field Research and Thesis Writing (9 credit hours)
MMA 770 - B Library Research and Thesis Writing (9 credit hours)
MMA 770 - C Practicum and Program Development (9 credit hours)

Required are two of the following courses:

Students are encouraged to select:

MMA 590 Social Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
MMA 591 Food, Culture, and Nutritional Health (3 credit hours)
MMA 592 Social Science Approaches to Understanding Disease: The Example of Cancer (3 credit hours)
MMA 604 Social and Cultural Contexts of Health Care (3 credit hours)
MMA 619 Rescue and Transplantation: Manifestations of Scarcity and Power in US Health Care (3 credit hours)
MMA 650 Indigenous Health Issues (3 credit hours)

Students can also select any two graduate courses offered by other Creighton programs, particularly courses from the Master's in Public Health program. Courses are designed to help students meet the program learning goals.