Prerequisite: one of the following: 12:257, 90:357, 90:356 or permission of Instructor.
The anthropology of global public health represents a critical, interdisciplinary and applied sub-discipline of sociocultural and medical anthropology. The course first provides an overview of the contemporary anthropology of public health in the Global South and South Asian in particular, with special attention paid to ethnographic research of the socio-cultural, religious, and political dynamics associated with diverse healthcare settings, patient populations and therapeutic traditions. The course then critically explores the role played by transnational organizations, neoliberal governmental reforms, and non-governmental interventions in addressing the social determinants of health and reducing health disparities and morbidity and mortality rates.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.