The overall goal of the Masters in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice is to provide students with a solid foundation in the theory and methods of medical anthropological and qualitative research, and in the student’s own area of concentration.
Students are required to engage in fieldwork during the summer component of their degree program. Fieldwork experience is an integral dimension of anthropological methodology. Therefore, it represents an essential feature of the curriculum in the Masters in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice, allowing students to complement their classroom learning with field-based learning, link theory with practice, and refine their anthropological skills. It also helps students establish contacts, develop relationships, and learn from the experience of interacting with different cultural communities and groups.
This original research experience results in a thesis that emphasizes the integration of medical anthropology with the student’s own discipline or profession. This independent research is advised by a three-member faculty committee, and presented to the student’s committee, and other faculty and students. The thesis, on a topic of the student’s choice, must demonstrate a solid research design; engagement in fieldwork and/or practicum with the collection of related data; the effective application of theory; and well written results.