Medical Anthropology

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Medical Anthropology

Certificate, Minor

Program Information

Medical Anthropology provides an anthropological perspective on health and illness processes and the socio-cultural factors that shape the experience of illness, patterns of health and disease, and access to health care services. Medical anthropology uniquely studies both cross-cultural and biomedical systems of healing. Medical Anthropology examines HIV/AIDS, Alcohol & Addiction, Mental Health, Global Health, Food and Nutrition, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, Reproduction, and Disability.

Medical Anthropology falls within the applied anthropology field, and students with this specialization also go on to other professional programs such as medicine, nursing and public health where their research and critical thinking skills in the analysis and interpretation of biomedical knowledge is appreciated in the context of a rapid increase in cultural diversity of those entering the health care delivery system.

The Department of Anthropology has been a leader in Canada in the development of courses in medical anthropology. For more than a decade, the department has consistently offered courses covering anthropological perspectives on food, nutrition, reproduction, aboriginal health, international health, mental health and disability. We offer a breadth of courses few other departments in Canada can match. These courses can be found in our "Gender, Health & the Body" stream.

Program Certificates

Certificate in Culture, Medicine, and Health

If you are a student in Social Work, Equity Studies, International Development Studies, Global Health, Disaster and Emergency Management or related fields that require critical social science skills for analyzing medical interventions, Medical Anthropology will be of interest to you.

This certificate provides a critical social science approach to health provision for those professional programs that deal with the health system, and health needs, of people from a broad range of cultural traditions. The certificate is a stand alone program that can be added to your degree after graduation, or in addition to your current program. The certificate program can be taken as a minor program in Medical Anthropology by those able to add a minor to their program.

This Cross-Disciplinary Certificate is composed of 24 credits of which 18 are at the 3000 level and above, with a requirement of a 4.00 grade point average.