Medical Anthropology Minor

Department of Anthropology

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(919) 962-1243

Patricia McAnany, Chair

Anna Agbe-Davies, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places. Anthropological expertise has special application for hidden histories and the ancient past; the intersection of human biology and ecology; and the way communities create and use meaning, values, and history in everyday life. We support studies, research, and professional applications in these areas with three programs of foundational training: archaeology; human biology, ecology, and evolution; and sociocultural anthropology.

The medical anthropology minor is especially appropriate for those planning careers in medicine and health professions.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Five three-hour courses taken from the following list:15
Cultures of Health and Healing in Africa
HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Diaspora
First-Year Seminar: Saving the World? Humanitarianism in Action
Human Evolution and Adaptation
Comparative Healing Systems
Human Origins
Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Culture
Human Biology in Comparative Perspective
Living Medicine
Healing in Ethnography and Literature
Women in Science
Anthropology of War and Peace
Human Genetics and Evolution
Human Growth and Development
Global Health
Anthropology of Development
Magic, Ritual, and Belief
Emotions and Society
Practicing Medical Anthropology
Special Topics in Medical Anthropology
Mental Health, Psychiatry, and Culture
Laboratory Methods: Human Osteology
Anthropology and Human Rights
Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation from Skeletal Remains
Making Magic
Evolutionary Medicine
Political Ecology
The Anthropology of Gender, Health, and Illness
Health and Gender after Socialism
Cultures and Politics of Reproduction
Medicine, Politics, and Justice
Migration and Health
Poverty, Inequality, and Health
Health and Medicine in the American South
Medicine and Anthropology
Biocultural Perspectives on Maternal and Child Health
Anthropology of the Body and the Subject
The Anthropology of Disability
The Archaeology of Health and Well-Being
Disease and Discrimination in Colonial Atlantic America
Anthropology of Science
Human Disease Ecology
Anthropology and Public Health
Politics of Life and Death
Reconstructing Life: Nutrition and Disease in Past Populations
Total Hours15

Students must have a grade of C or better in at least four of the five courses, and at least three courses must be taken at UNC–Chapel Hill or in a program officially sponsored by the University. Students planning on a minor in medical anthropology should inform the department’s director of undergraduate studies. For more information about medical anthropology see

See the program page here for special opportunities.