Medical Anthropology is a research area at the crossroads of the biological and social sciences dedicated to the study of human health and health care cross-culturally and over evolutionary time, in diverse social, political, economic, cultural, and gender contexts. Recently, the Department added medical anthropology as an approved field in its graduate program. Graduate students interested in medical anthropology can work with faculty in physical and/or social anthropology. Undergraduate courses in Medical Anthropology are offered at UTSC and St. George campuses.
Anthropologists at U of T investigating socio-cultural dimensions of health include Richard Lee, with a major project on the social and political-economic dimensions of AIDS in Africa, and Holly Wardlow, whose research focuses on international health, gender and sexuality, HIV/AIDS and Papua New Guinea. Hilary Cunningham's research interests include bioethical aspects of recent research on, and commericalization of, human genetics. Research following these factors over time include Susan Pfeiffer's work on health change from an evolutionary perspective and Larry Sawchuk's historical demographic research on social and economic determinants of health. Janice Boddy’s and Michael Lambek's research focuses on cultural and gender dimensions of physical and mental health.
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