This course explores human evolution, globalization and the environment as factors for health disparities and the geographic distribution of disease.

Some of the topics discussed in the course include:

  • anthropological theories of illness and disease
  • cultural interpretations of HIV/AIDS
  • wide-ranging healthcare experiences as practitioners and consumers
  • examination of diverse medical systems (naturopathy, ethnobotany, shamanism, etc.)

Emphasis is placed on the cross-cultural, comparative analysis of how people cope with illness through a range of medical systems. Students are introduced to the wide array of careers in medical anthropology that support healthy communities in the United States, as well as the various responsibilities of health practitioners globally.



Anthropology Links
Society for Medical Anthropology
National Association of Student Anthropologists
The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition Glossary
Index of Culture-Bound Syndromes
Anthropology in the News
Directory of anthropologists
Careers in anthropology
Choosing the right fieldschool
Museum of Weird Consumer Culture
NVC Links
Office of Student Services
NVC Catalog
Writing Center
Testing & Tutoring Center
Study Abroad!
McCarthy Library
Disabled Students Programs and Services
Online Education
Division of Social Sciences


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