The Anthropology Department at Case Western Reserve University, a pioneer in the field of Medical Anthropology, offers a MA/PhD program in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. The CWRU program in Medical Anthropology and Global Health prepares students to meet the challenges of a globalized world by providing training in anthropological theory and methods encompassing multiple approaches to the study of health and illness. Through a combination of classroom learning and experiential field research, qualified students are prepared for a career in anthropology and global health in a diverse array of settings, including academia, government, international agencies, health facilities, community organizations or in the policy realm.


This unique program provides students with advanced training on issues such as:

  • the complex relationships between culture, society and health/illness
  • cultural sensitivity and cultural competence in health research and patient care
  • global health, lifespan perspectives, health disparities
  • ethnomedicine, ethnopsychiatry, and evolutionary medicine
  • research designs, qualitative/quantitative methods, practical training in qualitative interviews, basic and applied health research


Study with an internationally recognized faculty in the field of Medical Anthropology and Global Health. The faculty in the Department of Anthropology are leading researchers ins areas such as illegal drug use, high altitude living, child well being, HIV, the culture of science, reproductive health, and other areas in the forefront of contemporary health challenges. The faculty work across the globe, conducting competitively funded research in pursuit of important research questions. Anthropology graduate students have the unique opportunity to work with these world-class researchers. [Read more about faculty research here].

Course Requirements for the MA/PhD Program

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree

Requirements for the PhD Degree

Application Process for the MA/PhD Program

Submit your application online!

More detailed instructions can be found here.


This application is for the following circumstances:

  • Your highest degree is a BA/BS and your intention is to earn both an MA and a PhD
  • Your highest degree is an MA and your intention is to earn a PhD

For more information

Contact Dr. Janet McGrath, Chair, Department of Anthropology

Interested in Visiting CWRU?

If you plan on visiting CWRU, please contact the Anthropology office (216-368-3703) in as far advance as possible when you will be visiting and when you will be available to meet with Anthropology faculty and students. We’ll arrange for you to meet with several faculty (and if you would like to meet with one or more specific faculty) and current graduate students. Please do not contact individual faculty and try to arrange your own meetings. You will have a more satisfying visit if your interviews are coordinated by our main office.

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