The Anthropology Department offers cutting edge training for both undergraduates and graduates. Our programs include the traditional BA, MA/PhD programs, plus a BA/MA (Integrated Graduate Studies program in which undergraduate students can graduate with an MA in 4 years), as well as a 1-Year MA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health that includes a certificate in Global Health, and joint MA/MPH and PhD/MPH, MA/MD and PhD/MD degree programs.

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Cynthia Beall appointed editor-in-chief of Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health

Cynthia Beall, Distinguished University Professor and S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology, on January 1, 2022 became the editor-in-chief of the open-access journal Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, published by Oxford University Press. Among the top ten journals in evolutionary biology, EMPH "publishes original, rigorous applications of evolutionary science to...

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Professor Atwood Gaines appointed as Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Professor Atwood Gaines has been appointed Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, effective 1st January 2022. Professor Gaines retired from the department on 1st July 2021 after 38 years on our faculty. Woody Gaines earned his MA, C.Phil and PhD in cultural anthropology and an MPH at UC Berkeley. He taught...

Dr. Bridget Haas joins department as Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Haas received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from NYU, an MS in Social Administration from CWRU, and her PhD in Anthropology from University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include medical and psychological anthropology; refugee and immigrant health/mental health; political asylum; global mental health; culture and mental...

Alumni Spotlight

Heather Baily: PhD Anthropology 2020, MPH 2020

Dr. Baily graduated with a PhD in Anthropology and an MPH in May 2020. She is a Population/Health/Nutrition Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Foreign Service Officers are posted for a 2 or 4-year tour at a US Embassy and serve as technical experts overseeing USAID-funded programs. She will:

  • Design, implement and evaluate population/health/nutrition (PHN) programs in any of the following relevant areas: Primary health care, maternal/child health, population/family planning, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, and pandemic threats), environmental health, nutrition, social marketing of public health concepts or products, demography, epidemiology, biomedical/clinical research, health economics, and health system strengthening.
  • Cooperate with other US Government (USG) agencies in country, under the leadership of the US Ambassador, to ensure integrated US government strategies and programs to improve the health of the country’s citizens and to support achievement of USG foreign policy objectives.
  • Identify priority assistance needs in the PHN public health sector and to decide how to invest USAID resources to address the public health sector needs identified.
  • Design projects and programs, with appropriate budgets, to meet the needs identified in the PHN public health sector.
  • Ensure the successful implementation of PHN projects, including managing procurement and human resources.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report on the extent to which projects are achieving the purpose intended and results.
  • Advise senior Agency leaders on technical health policy and approaches.
  • Work with host country health officials in project design and implementation and to negotiate with senior host country officials to improve outcomes.
  • Coordinate with international agencies, other donors, and NGOs to provide health sector assistance to the country.

Learn how to join Lambda Alpha, the CWRU Ohio Theta Chapter of the national honors society for students of Anthropology.

Interested in a career in Anthropology? American Anthropological Association (AAA) website, This Is Anthropology, may have helpful information.

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