Department of Anthropology

Cross-Cultural Aging

Medical Anthropology Concentration


The Cross-Cultural Aging specialization within the graduate program in Medical Anthropology focuses on the processes of aging and the problems of the elderly throughout the world in both theoretical and applied perspectives.

Particular emphasis is given to understanding the relationship between non-Western and Western experiences in terms of social, cultural, economic, political, and demographic concomitants.


All Master of Arts students in Cross-Cultural Aging must complete 27 credit hours including the Medical Anthropology Program core courses, an approved statistics course, and 12 credit hours of electives approved by the adviser.

At the PhD level, students specializing in Cross-Cultural Aging must develop a program with their adviser to meet all PhD requirements