Major Option: Medical Anthropology & Global Health

Majors completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology may complete these requirements through the undergraduate option in Medical Anthropology and Global Health.

Many students who complete this option plan to pursue post-graduate training and careers in health-related fields such as public health, epidemiology, nursing, medicine, and global health. The liberal arts education offered through anthropology is recognized as an ideal course of preparation.

According to Newsweek Magazine (full article), over the past 20 years, social science majors have had an increasing rate of successful admission to medical school, in comparison to their science-major counterparts. Moreover, humanities students perform better on the MCAT, the standardized test for medical school admissions.

 “A science major is not a prerequisite for medical school, and students should not major in science simply because they believe this will increase their chances for acceptance…The schools also recognize the desirability of including in medical school classes students who have a broad variety of interests and backgrounds.”
- The Association of American Medical Colleges

“More humanities students have been applying in recent years, and medical schools like them…The schools are looking for a kind of compassion and potential doctoring ability. This makes many social-science and humanities students particularly well qualified.”
- Gwen Garrison, Association of American Medical Colleges

Anthropological training is also viewed as excellent preparation for careers in global health. This was recently highlighted in Nature Magazine’s special report on Global Health:

“International efforts to improve global health offer a wide range of career opportunities. The kind of skills required extend beyond the obvious front-line medical support…The skills in demand are management, cultural understanding, and an anthropological viewpoint.”

Medical Anthropology & Global Health (MAGH) option requirements

In addition to completing the core courses for anthropology (BIO A 201, any 5 credit 200-level ANTH course, and any 5 credit 200-level ARCHY course) and one statistics course (choosing from CS&SS/SOC/STAT 221, STAT 220, STAT 311, Q SCI 381, or ARCHY 495), MAGH students are asked to take the following courses to complete their 55 anthropology credits:

  1. ANTH 215 Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health OR ANTH 302 Body and Soul: Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health as Social Justice Praxis
  2. 15 additional credits from the approved MAGH course list (below)

Approved courses for Medical Anthropology and Global Health (MAGH):