The Anthropology Department at Case Western Reserve University, a pioneer in the field of Medical Anthropology, offers an intensive 2 semester (1-year) Accelerated M.A. 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. The program provides conceptual, topical and research understanding of the biocultural basis of health and illness and the interface between disease/illness-culture-biology-society designed to serve the needs of students seeking to attend medical school, work professionally in the medical arena or allied health sciences or to go on to Ph.D. programs.
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 that includes two members of the National Academy of Sciences, the editor-in-chief of the renowned journal “Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry,” and world known research experts in AIDS, reproductive health, child and adolescent health, addiction medicine, nutrition, population, global aging and evolutionary medicine. [Read more about faculty research here].
Students seeking a one-year M.A. work alongside Ph.D. students in a dynamic and stimulating environment that provides training in bio-cultural anthropology, global health, evolutionary medicine, reproductive health, psychological anthropology, demography, globalization, addiction medicine and applied anthropology together with epidimeology, statistics and research methods.
Requirements for the M.A. degree include credit hour requirements, core course requirements, and a six-hour written Qualifying Exam.
Course Requirements for One-Year M.A. Program
A candidate for the M.A. degree is required to complete 30 hours of graduate credit, including seven core courses (ANTH 439, ANTH 459, ANTH 511, ANTH 462, ANTH 480, ANTH 481, INTH 401) and an approved statistics course (3 hours).
The statistics requirement will be waived for those with prior statistical training if the student is able to demonstrate a level of statistical training comparable to that of the required statistics course. If the waiver is approved, the statistics requirement will be replaced with an appropriate elective. Students interested in this option should petition to the Department.
All M.A. candidates are required to maintain a minimum cumulative average of 3.0 (“B”) and earn a grade of C or better in an approved statistics course (unless this requirement is waived) in order to qualify for the M.A. degree.
The course schedule for students in the one-year M.A. program is given below:
|ANTH 319||Introduction to Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences (or equivalent) if needed|
|ANTH 439||Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Methods|
|ANTH 480||Medical Anthropology and Global Health I|
|ANTH 459||Introduction to Global Health|
|Elective||Any course approved by the graduate advisor|
|ANTH 462||Contemporary Theory in Anthropology|
|ANTH 481||Medical Anthropology and Global Health II|
|ANTH 511||Seminar in Anthropology and Global Health|
|INTH 401||Fundamental Concepts in Global Health|
|Elective||Any course approved by the graduate advisor|
Comprehensive Exam for One-Year M.A. Program
Students in the one-year M.A. program are required to take a six hour written Qualifying Examination based on the material in ANTH 480 and ANTH 481 in the Spring Semester. Written M.A. examinations can receive one of three grades: “High Pass,” “Pass,” or “Fail.” Students in the one-year M.A. program who receive a grade of “Pass” or “High Pass” on the Comprehensive Examination and also meet the course requirements described above will be awarded a M.A. degree.
Application process for One-Year M.A. Program
Applications are submitted online.
This program is designed for students wishing only an M.A. If you are not sure and are considering going on for a Ph.D. at CWRU, you should apply for the Ph.D. program. Students interested in this program must begin in the Fall semester.
If your highest degree is a BA or BS, choose the following options in the on-line application:
- “Anthropology” for Academic Program
- “MA” option for Degree
- “Anthropology (MA-B)” option for Academic Plan 1
- “Medical Anthropology and Global Health” for Sub-plan/Concentration
Unfortunately, at this time the 1-year M.A. program does not provide grants or fellowships for tuition or living expenses. To find more about tuition click here.
For more information
Contact Dr. Janet McGrath, Chair, Department of Anthropology
Interested in Visiting CWRU?
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