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ANT 3930 Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Dr. Gravelee

This course places health and healing in a cross-cultural and evolutionary perspective. It explores three major themes. First, how is our experience of sickness and health shaped by cultural context? Second, how do biology and culture interact to shape global and local inequalities in health and well-being. And third, how are healing practices and policies embedded in political, economic, and historical context? Applying an anthropological perspective to these questions deepens our understanding of the human condition and prepares us to address practical matters of life and death in the US and around the world.