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Graduate Anthropology Program

Applied Medical Anthropology

This 2-year program includes a specialized curriculum in Applied Medical Anthropology. Embedded in our Human Health and Biology (HHB) program, students engage with medical, cultural, and biological anthropology perspectives on human health. The program prepares students to contribute anthropological knowledge and methods to health research, health care systems, and community health programs.

The MA in Applied Medical Anthropology program is geared toward students with a variety of career trajectories and goals, including those planning to work in health research, medical school applicants who need to bolster their applications, and health care providers who wish to broaden their perspectives on health, illness, and healing, and to gain new research skills.

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This 34 credit hour curriculum features 4 core courses in medical, sociocultural, and biological anthropology; classes on applied anthropological methods, ethnography, and statistics; and theoretical and topical courses in culture and health. Students complete an internship in applied medical anthropology, which provides valuable hands-on experience in the practice of anthropology. For more information, see: <>

Students may be interested in pursuing a PhD in Human Health and Biology Most course requirements for the Applied Medical Anthropology MA meet the degree requirements for the HHB PhD, with 60 credits remaining to PhD completion.

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