Medical Anthropology is the field that examines the role of culture in human health experience and the field of medicine. The general goal of the course is to help health professionals become more aware of the role of culture in the design of health care systems, definition of the self, disease, illness, stigma, the expression of symptoms, the etiology and expression of psychiatric symptoms, and options of treatment. The topics will also cover the role of culture in pain and suffering, gender and reproduction, care and curing, doctor-patient relationship, stress, and culture and pharmacology.
In pursuing our understandings of the human health experience, we will first examine key concepts in Medical Anthropology including culture, and ethnocentrism. We will then review the role of culture in health beliefs, models, behavior, practices, and roles of people regarding health, illness, and curing.
3 hours of interactive learning on the VMA virtual classroom
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Discuss the ways in which ideas regarding health, illness, and treatment are socially constructed
2. Analyze biomedicine as a cultural system and the role of culture in health systems, care and curing, doctor-patient relationship.
3. Recognize the value of anthropology in understanding medicine, symptoms, and healing in both physical and mental illnesses.
4. Analyze the role of culture in pain and suffering, gender and reproduction, stress, and culture and pharmacology.