Medical Anthropology OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Course on Medical Anthropology

Published Jan 31, 2009

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Medical practices are not just biological constructs; they can also be studied as cultural systems. 'Medical Anthropology,' a free course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focuses on medicine from a human perspective. This OpenCourseWare from MIT is aimed at undergraduate students pursuing an Anthropology degree.

Medical Anthropology: Course Specifics

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Medical Anthropology: Course Description

This OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focuses on medicine as a cross-cultural system with an emphasis on Western medicine. Medicine is viewed from a human instead of a biological one. You will learn how our culture and other cultures view the body, health and disease. The course also looks at the relationship between the institution of medicine and other institutions. Subtopics include malnutrition, state and individually sanctioned violence and marriage. MIT Professor Jean Jackson leads this free undergraduate instruction.

This MIT OpenCourseWare about medical anthropology includes lecture notes, handouts and paper assignments. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the medical anthropology course page.

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