Week 1: Introduction to Medical Anthropology


  • Lecture: 1.1 Introduction to the Field [watch] [download]
  • Lecture: 1.2 Conceptual Approaches [watch] [download]
  • PDF: Miner (1956) – Body Ritual Among the Nacerima [read]
  • PDF: Helman (2006) – Why Medical Anthropology Matters [read]
  • Link: What is Medical Anthropology (SMA website) [link]
  • Video: Illness Activity [watch]


  • Reflection Post: W1 Reflection Prompt [link] – due 7/6
  • Activity Post: W1 Activity Prompt [link] – due 7/6
  • Comments: Due 7/8

3 thoughts on “Week 1: Introduction to Medical Anthropology

  1. I dont know if I am misunderstanding something….it says on the schedule that the comments are due on 7/8…Can you clarify, Taz? Thanks so much….

    • If you look at the W1 reflection and activity post prompts, it gives you directions for what to do for the comment assignments for the week. You must pick someone else’s posts, read them, and leave a comment as instructed in the prompts. It doesn’t have to be the same student’s posts for both, but make sure you comment on at least 1 reflection post and 1 activity post.

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