Public Health for Social Scientists

One of our program’s greatest strengths involves, on the one hand, structured training in the methods, skills, and theories of Medical Anthropology. On the other hand, you have the freedom to customize the combination of your Service-Learning Internship site, research question, related study design, and elective courses, based on your intellectual and personal commitments and career plans.

Many students who enter our program want to integrate Public Health knowledge and skills into their training. These students can pursue the track in Public Health for Social Scientists.

This track lets you build foundational Public Health knowledge and skills through such courses as Epidemiology for Social Scientists, Biostatistics, Program/Project Management, and/or Program Evaluation for Social Scientists.

What Do Our Alumnae say?

“MACCP is an excellent place to learn to do research. One is in constant conversation with social scientists, medical faculty, public health researchers, and laboratory scientists. One leaves this program with a solid skill set and the opportunity to learn how to communicate with a wide variety of health care practitioners. This is a unique aspect of the MACCP program.”

“I think our connection with public health especially is very useful. When I took courses at BUSPH, students always approached me to learn more about medical anthropology. For many, it was the first time they were exposed to it, and they were interested to learn more about my qualitative research.”

“Public Health is moving toward thinking critically and creatively about systems, so I am often told that I bring a unique perspective to the work and am more able to think about engage new and unexpected partners.”

“I really liked that it is set within the Medical School but also closely tied to the School of Public Health. The fact that students could take a variety of classes and actively tailor the experience was a deciding factor as well—many programs don’t offer that. I would definitely choose this program again.”

Being able to apply core Public Health skills, along with intensive Medical Anthropology training, gives our students an advantage in the job market. It sets them apart from other candidates. Prospective employers regularly tell us that our graduates are their first choice when hiring.

Next Steps?

You can check out the kinds of jobs our graduates go on to get.

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You can apply to the program!

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