ANTH 2504



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Course No. and Title:

ANTH 2504 Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Credit Value:

Three (3) credit hours

Benefits of the course

  • This course focuses on how an anthropological approach can contribute to both a better understanding of health and illness; and in designing more culturally appropriate public health measures.
  • This course also examines cross-cultural and ethnographic variation that characterizes this sub-discipline of anthropology.  The selected readings include a mix of seminal articles and more updated materials from various established authors in medical anthropology.
  • Students will explore the research processes through conducting individual medical anthropology research projects developed in conjunction with the instructor. This kind of a format allows multiple ways of enhancing your learning experience.
Course Description:

Medical anthropology is a subfield of Anthropology and studies human health problems and healing systems in their broad social and cultural contexts.This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts, approaches and theories in medical anthropology; and demonstrates how these contribute to our understanding of complex health-related behaviour in diverse settings and geographical areas.
We will draw upon a number of examples of health and disease models to illustrate how medical anthropologists engage in both basic research that focus on issues of health and healing systems; and applied research aimed at improving therapeutic care in clinical settings including improving public health programs in community settings. 

Prerequisite: None
Course Instructor:

Dr. Koumari Mitra, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UNBF.

Course Features:

This course has lecture slides, Conceptual Tools Slides all based on the text book and as an introduction to each module including Learning Outcome and Practice Questions for each individual sections. There is also a guide to videos that students can consult for this course.

Course Format:

In designing this course I have tried to follow the pedagogy outlined in your textbook very closely. I think you will find this kind of a format very constructive and useful to follow. Your textbook is divided into two sections:

Part 1 deals with the multiple approaches used by medical anthropologists primarily in their research and other dissemination activities. The authors have identified four major approaches in bio-social oriented medical anthropology and six distinct approaches in culturally oriented medical anthropology. Part 2 focuses on the applied aspects of medical anthropology using case studies and other relevant strategies. Here, the authors have identified seven different problem areas that applied medical anthropologists are inclined towards in their intervention work. These include a wide spectrum of issues from doctor- patient communication, gender dimension of health, reproductive health technologies to global health challenges.

Your reading list reflects a selection of these approaches in a sequential manner. 

Course Texts:

Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology
  Author: Peter J. Brown and Ron Barrett. 2010 by McGraw Hill, New York.

All questions, lecture slides, and reading materials are based on this textbook. Students are also encouraged to consult medical anthropological journals for their research report:  Social Science and Medicine; Medical Anthropology; Medical Anthropological Quarterly; and Ethnicity and Healthcare. These journals are available on-line and also at the UNB library.

Textbooks can be ordered from the UNB Fredericton bookstore: 506.453.4664


Assignments & Examinations:

This course consists of  2 Test quizzes (open book); midterm test (non-invigilated take home) ; seminar presentation slides; and final research report. All evaluations are paper-based.

Test Quiz #1: (Short answer questions-online) 20%
MidtermTest: (Take-home, non-invigilated) 30%
Test Quiz #2: (Multiple Choice-online) 20%
Seminar Presentation Slides (based on your selected research report) 10%
Research Report 20%
Total Marks


1. Test quizzes are based on Short Answer and Multiple Choice Questions.
2. The format for Midterm test would comprise mostly of short answer questions where each answer is restricted to a page only. The dates for completing test quizzes and midterm are given on the Reading List.
3. Student should consult their Reading list for completing a section of the reading modules before attempting Test Quizzes and Midterm tests.
4. Students are required to select research topic related to the course material in consultation with the instructor.  A research report based on the selected topic in an essay format is required. The research report should be typed and must not exceed 15 double spaced pages.
5. Students are also required to do a seminar presentation of their research report with the help of PowerPoint slides.

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit: Six months from the student registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date of your course

Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
Cash (Do not send in the mail. Please deliver to the College of Extended Learning, 2nd Level, Wu Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus)
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If you have previously registered in this online course and wish to register again, please contact us at 453-4646 to complete the registration process.