Medical Anthropology Minor

The medical anthropology minor will supplement your major or professional degree by providing interdisciplinary perspectives to understand and interact with people and society.  Your minor advisor will guide you to select courses that form a common intellectual bond among your areas of interest.

Transferrable skills emphasized in this department include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, and research with human subjects.

All minors require a prerequisite introductory course,  a course (or sequence) in research design and methods,  four elective courses, and a capstone experience.

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisite Course

Course Number Course Name Credits
AN103 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits

Elective Coursework

Course Number Course Name Credits
12 credits, e.g.:
AN201 Health and Societies 3 credits
AN314 Peoples & Cultures of Latin America 3 credits

Selected courses in Social Science, Public Health, Health Policy (with permission of advisor)

Required Course

Course Number Course Name Credits
AN301 Medical Anthropology 3 credits

Research Methods

Course Number Course Name Credits
SS400 Qualitative Methods 3 credits

Capstone Experience

Course Number Course Name Credits
Choose one:
AN399 Independent Study 3 credits
AN498 Directed Research 3 credits

Requirements & Expectations

  • Minors must be declared by drop/add of the first semester of the last didactic year (U4 or P3)
  • A maximum of 6 credits may overlap with your major or another minor (e.g., ST 310 Biostatistics)
  • A maximum of 6 credits (with grade C or better) may be taken at another institution, with prior approval from the department chair.
  • Cumulative minor GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate with minor.


Michelle Ramirez, PhD, MPH


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