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Medical Anthropology

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 Minor in Medical Anthropology

Contact:
Robert Rubinstein, rar@syr.edu

Faculty Sandra Lane, Shannon A. Novak, Deborah Pellow, Robert A. Rubinstein, Maureen Trudelle Schwarz, John Marshall Townsend, Cecilia Van Hollen

Medical anthropology is a vibrant subfield of anthropology with both academic and practical dimensions that explores the relationships among society, culture, health, illness, and medicine. This minor is designed to introduce undergraduates to the field of medical anthropology in order to prepare them for applied work or future research in the area of global health. This minor may be appropriate for students pursuing degrees in the health sciences, international relations, STS, or other social sciences such as anthropology, sociology or political science.

General Requirements:

To complete a minor in medical anthropology, students must take a minimum of 18 credits, with 12 credits at the 300-400 level.

Required courses: 12 credits

A. ANT 111: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
B. ANT 131: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
C. One of the following courses: ANT 357: Health, Healing, and Culture; ANT 465: Critical Issues in Medical Anthropology; ANT/HTW 463: Global Health
D. ANT 481: Ethnographic Techniques

Elective courses: 6 credits

Students must take at least 2 courses from the following list:

ANT 357: Health, Healing, and Culture
ANT/HTW/MES 382: Health in the Middle East
ANT 400/600: Medical and Religious Pluralism
ANT 400/600: Reading the Body
ANT 433: Human Skeletal Anatomy
ANT 434: Anthropology of Death
ANT 436: Bioarchaeology
ANT/WGS 455: Culture and AIDS
ANT/WSP/HTW 462: Culture and Reproductive Health and Medicine
ANT/HTW 463: Global Health
ANT 465:  Critical Issues in Medical Anthropology
ANT 467: Culture and Mental Disorders
ANT 469: Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective
HTW 401: Epidemiology
HTW 415: Public Health Ethics

Students may petition to have other courses count towards the Minor in Medical Anthropology. Petitions must be approved by the Department of Anthropology.