Medical Anthropology and Global Health

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Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy

About the Program

Meet the challenges of our globalized world head on with a dual Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Anthropology and Global Health from Case Western Reserve University, one of the top research universities in the U.S. Designed by pioneers in the field, our program trains medical anthropologists, physicians, nurses and other health professionals to recognize and resolve the complex relations between determinants and concomitants of sickness and health. Through a combination of classroom learning and experiential field research, you’ll tailor your studies to your specific interests while preparing for a career in academia, government, international agencies, health facilities, community organizations or the policy realm.

What to Expect

At Case Western Reserve, we harness expertise within our department and across the university to train you in traditional and newly emerging anthropological theories and methods that integrate work across local and global contexts.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, you can complete your master’s in three semesters before proceeding to the PhD program. If you have a master’s, you can enter our PhD program in your first year. Our master’s requires 30 credit hours of courses, including core courses in anthropological theory, methods, medical anthropology and global health, while the PhD requires an additional 18 hours of coursework focused on preparing you for dissertation fieldwork.

Motivated students may also choose to pursue a Master of Public Health and/or a Certificate in Global Health in conjunction with their anthropology degree and in collaboration with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, among the top 25 medical schools in the country.

The Anthropology Department [at CWRU] prepared me for a career as a medical anthropologist working in global health. The department and its faculty are incredibly supportive and offer coursework that teaches fundamental theory, as well as skills like research design and grant proposal writing.

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Beyond the Classroom

Here, you’ll pack your resume with hands-on experiences by conducting research alongside our internationally recognized faculty, who are leading researchers in areas such as:

  • Illegal drug use
  • High altitude living
  • Child well-being
  • HIV
  • The culture of science
  • Reproductive health
  • And other areas in the forefront of contemporary health challenges.

Graduates of our program can be found working in hospitals and universities, community programs and public health departments across the U.S.—and around the world—where they conduct research, oversee programs and shape policy to address the world’s most pressing health problems.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

When reviewing your application, we require the following:

  • Completed online application
  • A statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts; NOTE: An official transcript will be required if an applicant is accepted
  • GRE is currently optional
  • $50.00 application fee


Contact Us

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Janet McGrath
Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology
Associate Professor of International Health, School of Medicine
College of Arts and Sciences

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