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College of Extended Learning

Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Subject Course No. Credit Value
Anthropology ANTH 2504 Three (3) credit hours

Medical anthropology is a subfield of Anthropology and studies human health problems and healing systems in their broad social and cultural contexts. This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts, approaches and theories in medical anthropology; and demonstrates how these contribute to our understanding of complex health-related behaviour in diverse settings and geographical areas. We will draw upon a number of examples of health and disease models to illustrate how medical anthropologists engage in both basic research that focus on issues of health and healing systems.

Instructor: Dr. Koumari Mitra (please contact the instructor if you need an up-to-date syllabus)
Prerequisite: None

Why take this course?

  • This course focuses on how an anthropological approach can contribute to both a better understanding of health and illness; and in designing more culturally appropriate public health measures.
  • This course also examines cross-cultural and ethnographic variation that characterizes this sub-discipline of anthropology.  The selected readings include a mix of seminal articles and more updated materials from various established authors in medical anthropology.
  • Students will explore the research processes through conducting individual medical anthropology research projects developed in conjunction with the instructor. This kind of a format allows multiple ways of enhancing your learning experience.

Course details

Students have six months from the registration date to complete the course. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date.

Assignments and examinations

  • 2 x Quizzes (worth 20% each)
  • 1 x Midterm Exam (take-home, worth 30%)
  • 1 x Seminar Presentation Slides (worth 10%)
  • 1 x Research Report (worth 20%).

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Fees and payments

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable/non-transferable online fee per course. For more information on fees and methods of payment, please click here.

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If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.

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