Medical Anthropology (Master of Arts)

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Would you like to help improve healthcare, especially for culturally diverse populations? A Master of Arts (MA) in medical anthropology from Creighton University will give you the tools to provide effective healthcare in an increasingly complex world. The program takes a cultural approach to health and healthcare, with an emphasis on fieldwork and cultural analysis. You’ll learn strategies for giving effective healthcare both domestically and globally.

MA in medical anthropology courses are delivered online to fit your busy schedule.


Students trained in medical anthropology pursue careers in both academic and nonacademic fields. The MA in medical anthropology provides you with a solid foundation to enter a Ph.D. program at another institution. Medical anthropologists also acquire faculty positions in medicine, public health, nursing and other allied disciplines. Medical anthropologists also work in government, nonprofit and private sector positions.

According to’s Jobs Rated Report of 2014, anthropology is ranked within the top 100 (No. 69) best jobs to have. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of anthropologists is expected to grow 21% by 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

What You'll Learn

  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • How to analyze health and illness in various social and cultural contexts
  • An understanding of health conditions and health needs in diverse groups
  • Communication skills


MA in Medical Anthropology Curriculum

Continuing Education for Current Health Professionals

Creighton University’s Health Sciences Continuing Education (HSCE) Division has approved some of our courses for continuing education units (CEU). 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.

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements:

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:

  • Completed application form, with $50 application fee.
  • Current resume.
  • Statement of purpose: Please use this form to create your statement of purpose (5-7 pages, double-spaced), in which you indicate the following: a) the program track in which you intend to enroll if accepted (M.S., thesis track, original research; M.S., thesis track, library research; MA, non-thesis practicum track; or Graduate Certificate track), b) your reasons for applying, c) your scholarly and/or professional interests, and d) the goals you aim to reach in the program.
  • One writing sample of the applicant’s prior work in any field, such as a term paper, a research report, a print or online publication, an ethnographic or professional reflection, or any other written text. If no writing sample is available, please provide some other evidence of your ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (no photocopies accepted).
  • Three recommendations by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background, achievements, and personal qualities.
  • If you are an international applicant, living in a country where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT (557 PBT) or a minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5 (no sub score lower than 6). You are not required to submit a TOEFL score report if you received your baccalaureate or a higher degree from an accredited institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only).
  • Acknowledge regular access to the technology needed to take online courses as outlined here. By starting the application process, students are implicitly acknowledging such access.

Tuition & Scholarships


Students in the medical anthropology program can apply for several teaching assistantships that include a tuition reduction and a stipend.

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