Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Medical Anthropology (MEDANTHMIN)Department of Anthropology

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


Medical anthropology is the study of human health and disease from a cross-cultural and
evolutionary perspective. It considers the many factors –biological, cultural, and structural –
that contribute to the risk of disease and its lived experience and influence the likelihood of a
return to health. It considers the many definitions of health and emphasizes the need for an
integrated and holistic view. Students take a pair of introductory courses in medical
anthropology, one methods course, and two courses from a broad list of anthropology courses
that best suit their interests

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Core.
    1. Biocultural Medical Anthropology. One (1) course:
    2. Culture, Health and Illness. One (1) course:
  2. Methods. One (1) course:
  3. Advanced Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.