Connect theory and practice to help solve some of the world’s most complex and pressing problems in an emerging specialization within the health-related professions with a concentration in Medical Anthropology.
Customize your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. The Department of Anthropology’s faculty and professional staff members will introduce you to new professional networks in the industries and organizations that interest you the most.
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Experience first-hand the foundation of Medical Anthropology: original research. In addition to class projects, students work with faculty members on real-world projects in our community and throughout the world.
Master’s students can apply for up $1,500 in support for research-related projects through the Mark Diamond Research Fund. Department of Anthropology 2017-2018 recipients include:
Students can participate in interdisciplinary and inter-organizational projects. For example, a recently published study on the impact of controlling negative emotions and the ability for pregnant smokers to quit was conducted by faculty members from the UB Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions, St. John’s University, Syracuse University; and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. The study was supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health.
Rise to the challenge by gaining experience and leadership skills in some of the hundreds of University at Buffalo extracurricular and governance organizations, civic groups and volunteer activities.
Join like-minded peers in the UB Anthropology Graduate Student Association and participate in poster competitions, travel to conferences, network and have some fun with colleagues.
Prove your abilities and make powerful industry connections through participation in regional and national professional organizations. For example:
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers through credit-bearing and, in some cases, paid internships. Students displaying knowledge, professionalism and a solid work ethic are oftentimes offered full-time positions.
Below are just a few of the organizations that regularly seek UB student interns and graduates:
Practice professional presentation and public speaking skills in seminar classes before you take the stage at regional and national conferences. For example:
Enhance your ability to author effective critical communication pieces through required class projects, research papers, poster presentations and articles submitted for review and publication by professional organizations.
Showcase your research, fieldwork, study abroad programs and internships at the Annual Department of Anthropology Student Poster Competition. Recent poster presentations were recognized for outstanding scholarship:
Connect with peers and faculty member through the Department of Anthropology’s active Facebook account or join the discussion on a national level by following #medicalanthropology on Instagram.
Obtain a comprehensive understanding of human diversity by developing a global lens. Students often participate in international field schools and study abroad experiences to further their understanding of the human condition in different contexts.
While on campus, take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with global-minded scholars and students through numerous groups and centers such as:
Use logic and reasoning to solve complex problems by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches.
Medical anthropologists typically intersect with other disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and medical sciences, allowing cross-disciplinary scholarship and academic exchanges. Acquire in-depth knowledge of health-related issues in courses offered by the UB School of Public Health and Health professions, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Nursing.
Expand your theoretical and methodical perspectives through interactions with affiliate faculty members from across UB and leading universities across the country. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from, conduct research and network with scholars such as:
Collaborate with classmates on applied group projects, research papers, academic competitions, in student organizations and volunteer opportunities in the community.
Take advantage of opportunities for specialized and interdisciplinary research with nationally and internationally renowned faculty members and scholars at UB. Just a few examples of research centers that may be of interest to you:
Design and execute an approved research project, developed in consultation with your faculty adviser, that results in a research paper or thesis. Submit outstanding work and present at regional and national conferences. Examples of recent student research projects include:
The Department of Anthropology encourages your intellectual curiosity and unique interests. For example, do you have an interest in the science of evolution? The Buffalo Human Evolutionary Morphology lab is dedicated to research that combines the theoretical and analytical principles of evolutionary quantitative genetics with the empirical and methodological techniques of statistical shape analysis. These researchers are interested in how morphological variation evolves, both under neutral stochastic parameters and as a result of non-neutral selective forces.
Gain an in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding diversity, a hallmark of UB’s Medical Anthropology program. Coursework provides opportunities for students to study human evolutionary processes, cultural and social changes and conduct comparative studies of people from wide-ranging geographic and historic places.
National and international scholars frequently come to campus to present guest lectures and participate in conferences to expose students to a multitude of world views. Recent visitors include:
* Data Analyst
* Forensic Pathologist
* Healthcare Administrator
* Health Researcher
* Medical Caseworker
* Medical Scientist
* Medical Director
* Program Manager
* Research Assistant
* Social Policy Analyst
The University at Buffalo offers one of only four graduate programs in Medical Anthropology in New York State, and the only such program in Western New York.
The MA in Medical Anthropology consists of 30 credit hours, most of these taken in formal courses, a research project and a research paper or thesis based on that project.
Learn more about Admissions requirements and deadlines.