Medical Anthropology (Bachelor of Arts)

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If you’re interested in the cultural aspects of medicine, then Creighton’s medical anthropology program might be the perfect option for you. When you pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in medical anthropology, you’ll develop the skills necessary to implement health care in an increasingly complex world while considering the importance of culture. This sociocultural approach, emphasized by fieldwork, is what makes Creighton’s medical anthropology program so unique.

As a medical anthropology student, you’ll learn about the factors that influence health and well-being, the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, therapy management and the cultural importance of having multiple medical systems. This knowledge is vital to developing, assessing and improving health care programs and services.

If you’ve always been curious about the cultural aspects of medicine and want to learn the skills it takes to analyze health care locally, nationally and internationally, then consider getting your BA in medical anthropology from Creighton.

Medical Anthropology Minor

The medical anthropology minor introduces students to the traditional approach to the study of culture with a focus on medical anthropology.


Students with a degree in medical anthropology often pursue an M.A. or a Ph.D. in medical anthropology or seek admission to various schools training students in health professions.

Students have strong employment prospects for academic and nonacademic positions. Within academia, there has been steady growth in the number of faculty positions for medical anthropologists over the last decade. Medical anthropologists are also well qualified for faculty positions in medicine, public health, nursing and allied disciplines.

Medical anthropologists also have strong prospects for nonacademic positions in government and the nonprofit or private sectors. Employment opportunities come from organizations such as the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, international development agencies and domestic nonprofit organizations. Medical anthropologists work in a variety of fields, including health care, education, epidemiology, archaeology and criminology.

What You'll Learn

  • The factors that influence health and well-being
  • Healing processes
  • How to develop, assess and improve health care
  • The cultural aspects of medicine


Student Organizations

  • Medical Anthropology and Sociology Society

    Medical anthropology students come together to increase knowledge of world issues pertaining to the overall health of society in an attempt to create social justice. We strive to help those who are interested in the medical anthropology field as well as those who may be stigmatized or marginalized in the community.

  • NETwork Against Malaria

    NETwork Against Malaria raises awareness of the plight of Malaria in Uganda and attempts to raise funds for malaria prevention/relief. In addition, NETwork Against Malaria intends to provide community education on health and wellness of people of the Hoima Diocese in Uganda.


Students work individually with faculty members to arrange internship and service-learning opportunities that are customized according to students’ unique interests and career goals.

Tuition & Scholarships

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