Medical Anthropology

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Medical Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

2054 Vari Hall
Tel.: 416-736-5261
Program Description:

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.

Degrees Offered

Honours Minor in Medical Anthropology Degree Requirements
Honours Minor BA: a minimum of 30 credits
The Honours Minor in Medical Anthropology may be combined with any approved Honours BA program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental Studies (Bachelor of Environmental Studies - BES), Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, or the Lassonde School Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.
Note: in a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.
Minor credits: a minimum of 30 credits in the minor, including at least three credits at the 4000-level.

Course Listing

Course Listings Timetables Summer 2017
Course Listings Timetables Fall/Winter 2017-2018