Medical Anthropology, Minor
The Medical Anthropology Minor is designed for students seeking expertise in cross-cultural understandings of illness, medicine, and the body. Students learn to analyze the experience and meanings of illness; understandings of the human body; cross-cultural mental health; social and political disease ecologies; medical practice and biotechnologies; and relationships among gender, race, class, medicine, and science.
A particular emphasis is on the political and economic forces that shape disease burdens and the contributions medical anthropology can make to efforts to achieve global health equity. The minor is open to students in any school and offers excellent preparation for students interested in careers in clinical medicine, nursing, pharmacy, biological research, public health, and environmental health.
Medical Anthropology Minor Requirements
Requirements for the minor in Medical Anthropology are met by taking seven Anthropology courses (28 units) as specified below:
|A. Complete the following:|
|ANTHRO 2A||Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology|
|B. Select one of the following:|
|Introduction to Biological Anthropology|
|Introduction to Archaeology|
|Introduction to Language and Culture|
|C. Select one of the following:|
|Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective|
|ANTHRO 134A||Medical Anthropology|
|E. Select three topical courses (12 units) from the following:|
|Cross-Cultural Studies of Gender|
|Humans and Other Animals|
|Science, Technology, Controversy|
|Race, Gender, and Science|
|Cultures of Biomedicine|
|Medicine, Food, and Health|
|Anthropology of the Body|
|HIV/AIDS in a Global Context|
|Disease, Health, and Inequality|
|The Woman and the Body|
|Special Topics in Cultural and Psychological Anthropology (special topics, by petition to the Undergraduate Director)|
Residence Requirement for the Minors: The four required upper-division courses must be completed successfully at UCI. Two of the four may be taken through the UC Education Abroad Program, provided course content is approved in advance by the Undergraduate Director of the Department of Anthropology.
NOTE: Students may complete only one of the following programs: the major in Anthropology, the minor in Anthropology, or the minor in Medical Anthropology.