University of Amsterdam

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)

Medical Anthropology


Turfdraagsterpad 9

Kloveniersburgwal 48

Amsterdam, Noord-Holl


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.- Medical Anthropology, Ph.D.- Medical Anthropology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

There is increasing recognition that socio-economic and cultural factors are prime determinants of health and health care. This is the study field of Medical Anthropology. This international course provides students with insight into ideas and practices concerning health, illness and healing, as well as into social and cultural conditions leading to illness. Students learn how to formulate appropriate research objectives for medical anthropological research, how to develop feasible study designs which apply relevant theories and concepts, and how to conduct good research and write excellent reports. The first trimester focuses on the field of medical anthropology and its specialisations. In the second trimester students choose a regional module, and take core modules on infectious disease and on comparing anthropological and epidemiological methods. In the third trimester students design a proposal and work plan for the realisation of their research project. The second half of the third trimester and the following summer months are used for fieldwork and writing a thesis.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Large City

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