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Health & Medicine

For those with interests in health and medicine, anthropology offers a powerful lens for examining healing practices and diverse understandings of life (and death).  Students examine the distribution of illness, the ethics of medicine, and the politics of the body within a global framework. This pathway through the major hones your ability to define the structural components of health, a skill that is critical to medical practice. It also teaches you how to attend to cultural differences, develops your ability to work with diverse populations, and provides the methodological tools for research across various dimensions of health.  The Health & Medicine pathway includes a range of courses that teach students to think subtly about the way that health and its limits are shaped by culture, society, and politics. Students learn to investigate economic and legal structures, international and global health efforts, technologies of regulation, and management of expertise, as well as historically grounded practices of care and healing.

This pathway through the major could include these courses:

Sociocultural requirement:

  • Anthr 1400 The Comparison of Cultures OR
  • Anthr 2468 Medicine, Culture and Society;

Archaeological requirement:

  • Anthr 2244 Health and Healing in the Ancient World;

Biological requirement:

  • Anthr 1300 Human Evolution: Genes, Behavior, and the Fossil Record;
  • Anthr 3000 Introduction to Anthropological Theory;

2 of the following 3000 level courses::

  • Anthr 3235 Bioarchaeology;
  • Anthr 3620 A Global Controversy: How to Study a Human Rights Violation

2 of the following 4000-level courses:

  • Anthr 4311 From Surgery to Simulation;
  • Anthr 4405 Anthropology of Conversion;
  • Anthr 4435 Postcolonial Science;
  • Anthr 4467 Self and Subjectivity;
  • Anthr 4673 Body/Politics/Africa;
  • Anthr 4682 Healing and Medicine in Africa

8 credits of electives that could include any of the 3000/4000-level courses above or

  • Anthr 2920 Drugs and Social Justice
  • Other courses from Anthropology or other units with departmental approval.