Certificate Program Learning Goals

The Graduate Certificate in Medical Anthropology prepares students to:

  1. Identify and examine the holistic, comparative, and ethnographic perspectives of medical anthropology. Students will be able to:
    1. recognize the relationship between social behavior and cultural beliefs within specific groups and their conceptions of and practices associated with illness, health, and healing.
    2. recognize the perspectives and approaches of medical anthropology to analyze issues of health and illness.
  2. Recognize the commonly used methods in medical anthropology for research. Students will be able to:
    1. identify the qualitative, quantitative, and integrated mixed methods used by medical anthropologists.
  3. Identify and examine ethical issues in medical anthropology research and practice. Students will be able to:
    1. identify ethical issues commonly faced by medical anthropologists in their research, writing, and the interpretation of their findings.
    2. be familiar with the ethical standards of the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and other ethics boards.
  4. Recognize the importance of informed and reflexive contributions to scholarly, professional, and general communities. Students will be able to:
    1. understand personal, professional, and Ignatian values.
    2. value effective, clear, and empathic communication across diverse social and cultural perspectives.

Certificate Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate program in Medical Anthropology requires students to take six courses for credit (with a total of 15 credit hours), in addition to a zero-credit-hour orientation course. All Medical Anthropology courses are delivered on-line and students may take them in any sequence.  Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA throughout the graduate program. The program can be completed by full-time students within a year (summer, fall, and spring semester). However, students can elect, in consultation with their academic advisor, to follow a different program schedule. Creighton undergraduate students can, in their final semester before graduation, take 600-level courses of this program upon approval by the Program Director.

Required preparatory courses to be taken before taking any other courses:1
Orientation to Creighton
Writing for Graduate Students
Required courses:2
Seminar in Medical Anthropology
Select one of the following:3
Methods I: Quantitative Research Analysis
Methods II: Qualitative Field Research Methods
Select three of the following:9
Definitions of Health - Implications for Care: A Comparative Approach 1
Social Epidemiology
Food, Culture, and Nutritional Health
Social Science Approaches to Understanding Disease: Cancer
Cultural Competency in Health Care
Social & Cultural Contexts of Health Care
Public Health Anthropology: Bridging Differences
Rescue and Transplantation: Manifestations of Scarcity and Power in U.S. Health Care
Global Health: Local Realities and Global Forces
Health Care and Health Services: Anthropological Perspectives
Rural Health Issues and Initiatives
Indigenous Health Issues
Total Credits15

 Students are encouraged to take MMA 561 Definitions of Health - Implications for Care: A Comparative Approach. This interdisciplinary study-abroad summer course explores different understandings of health and how these influence responses to illness and disease, perceptions of caregiving, and policies pertaining to public health and health care during a two-weeks’ stay in Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Budapest (Hungary) with visits at various formal and alternative health care organizations.