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Medical Anthropology

Medical Anthropology is the study of health and healing from an anthropological perspective. Academic research in medical anthropology draws on different theoretical approaches, with a shared emphasis on increasing our understanding of the diverse ways in which cultural, social, and biological factors influence human experiences of pain, illness, suffering and healing in different settings. In addition, medical anthropology investigates the social, political, and economic contexts in which health behavior and health systems are shaped.

Issues studied by medical anthropologists include, but are not limited to:

Medical Anthropology also includes applied research geared toward solving specific problems related to the delivery of health care, including improving health care policies and systems, enriching approaches to clinical care, and contributing to the design of culturally valid public health programs in community settings around the world.


Some careers in this field include:*

* Most or all of these require an advanced degree or some additional professional training

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