NEW – Starting in September 2005 at Edinburgh University: MSc in the Anthropology of Health and Healing / MSc by Research in Medical Anthropology (

This new programme is intended to provide students with the tools to develop an advanced understanding of health, illness, and medicine in different social and cultural settings. The MSc will explore both traditional healing and modern medical technologies, and how they address both old ills and the new health problems associated with rapid social change. It will create a platform for critical uses of anthropological ideas and methods in contemporary health related issues, and explores the social, cultural, and political dynamics of health, illness and healing in a global perspective.

The programme will provide specialist training in medical anthropology for both trained social anthropologists and health practitioners. Its intellectual vibrancy draws directly from the dialogue between the medical and social sciences. Graduates of this programme will be equipped with the conceptual and methodological skills to engage with the broader debates and dilemmas of contemporary global health practices.

The MSc aims to: – expose students to the key debates in contemporary medical anthropological practice – provide practitioners with tools for understanding health and healing through social theory – offer training in anthropological research methods for health related settings – provide students with an understanding of the possibilities and limits of medical anthropology within broader debates about global health

There are two core courses which will be compulsory, the Anthropology of Health and Healing and Anthropology and International Health. These will combine lectures, seminars and tutorials and will be examined with a combination of essays and assessed course work. There will also be an original research dissertation (of 15,000 words) on a topic of your own choice. Aside from these, each student’s curriculum will be commensurate with their previous experience and could include options from the new MSc in the Sociology of Health and Healing (Medical Sociology), a number of other anthropology course options, as well as options from the schools of social science and health and public health. Each of these tailored curricula will have to be arranged in close coordination with the programme convenors.

For more information about this programme contact:

Dr Stefan Ecks ([email protected]) Dr Ian Harper ([email protected])