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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

ANTH 17 The Anthropology of Health and Illness

This introduction to medical anthropology focuses on the cross-cultural study of health and illness. Medical anthropology also speaks to issues of global health equity, human rights, and social suffering. This class examines the role of the healer/physician in a variety of societies, explors the boundaries between 'religion' and 'science' as they relate to healing, considers 'traditional medicine' and examines processes and practices of 'medical pluralism' by investigating how individuals and communities make health care-related decisions.



Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:INT or SOC

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.

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