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anthropology Graduate Programs


Graduate Programs and Admission Information

GENERAL INFORMATION / LINKS / APPLICATION PROCESS / VISIT CWRU / PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS / FINANCIAL AID

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Department of Anthropology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Whether you're studying for a Master's or a Doctorate, you have numerous options for specialization and concentration: medical anthropology, cross-cultural aging, physical anthropology/human biology, international health, psychological anthropology. Along with these programs, the department also offers combined programs with the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine.

 

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Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Requirements for the ONE-YEAR Master of Arts Degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health

 

Over the years, graduate student enrollment reflects a continual commitment to academic strength within the department.

 

Graduate Student Enrollment

Current Graduate Student Profiles

 

LINKS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

 

 

Internal Forms:

 

External Forms:

 

 

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APPLICATION PROCESS FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS

If you would like to be considered for departmental financial aid, a complete application must be received by February 15th before the Fall semester in which you would like to enroll. Otherwise applications are reviewed on an on-going basis throughout the year. Questions about the application process should be directed to Professor Lawrence Greksa at (216) 368-6777 or lawrence.greksa@case.edu.

 

Applications are submitted on-line

 

If you apply on-line and have additional materials you wish to include with your application, you can send them by email to Barbara Reebel at barbara.reebel@case.edu or you can send them through the mail to:

 

Case Western Reserve University, Department of Anthropology

Mather Memorial, Room 238

11220 Bellflower Road

Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7125

 

A completed application includes:

(a) Parts A and B (Note: There are not separate Part A and Part B components to the on-line application. These parts will be created from the information that you provide.)

(b) a statement of purpose

(c) a minimum of three letters of recommendation (which may be sent separately to Barbara Reebel at the address above)

(d) transcripts

(e) documentation of GRE scores

(f) $50.00 application fee.

 

 

 IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

 

1. You will need to indicate whether you are applying to the MA or PhD program. Use these guidelines:

  • If you only wish to obtain an MA in Anthropology, click the MA button in the on-line application.
  • If your ultimate goal is to obtain a PhD in Anthropology, click the PHD button in the on-line application.

 

2. If you wish to obtain a degree from us AND an MPH from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, go to the Joint Programs section. You will see “Master of Public Health/Anthropology” with the option of clicking either ‘MPHMA’ or ‘MPHPHD’. Use the same guidelines as in (1) when deciding which button to click. You will fill out one form but separate applications will be generated and sent to us and the MPH program. 

 

3. If you are applying to a joint program, indicate which program you wish to be your primary program, or the program in which you are primarily interested. For example:

Primary Program: Anthropology

 

4. Writing samples are optional.

 

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INTERESTED IN VISITING CWRU?

If you plan on visiting CWRU, please contact Barbara Reebel (216-368-3703; barbara.reebel@case.edu) in as far advance as possible. Let her know when you will be visiting and when you will be available to meet with Anthropology faculty and students. We will arrange for you to meet with several faculty (let Ms. Reebel know if you would like to meet with one or more specific faculty) and current graduate students. Please do not contact individual faculty and try to arrange your own meetings. You will have a more satisfying visit if your interviews are coordinated by our main office.

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PROGRAM CONCENTRATIONS

MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY / CROSS-CULTURAL AGING / JOINT PROGRAMS

 

MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

The Medical Anthropology program provides you with training in contemporary theory and method in medical anthropology, including

  • Sociocultural, biological, psychological, and historical features which shape illness experience
  • patterns of disease and health behavior
  • access to health care services
  • professional medical constructions of disease and medical care

You can choose to study general anthropology or specialize in one of the areas detailed below.

 

EMPHASES

If you would like to narrow your study in Medical Anthropology from the broad emphasis, the program provides you with four emphases to choose from.

 

  • URBAN HEALTH : Focus your graduate study on health and illness among urban populations
  • CROSS-CULTURAL AGING: Focus your study on health and the processes of aging throughout the world in both theoretical and applied perspectives
  • INTERNATIONAL HEALTH: Focus your study on the evaluation of international health projects and receive training in international health research

 

 

CROSS-CULTURAL AGING

As a student in the Cross-Cultural Aging concentration, you will gain experience in both Western and non-Western settings with an emphasis on the integration of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

 

JOINT PROGRAMS

 

MA/MPH or PhD/MPH

This exciting new joint program will prepare you for both professional and academic careers in Medical Anthropology and Public Health.

 

MSN/MA

This joint program provides you with an opportunity for a unique combination of cross-cultural expertise in medical anthropology and clinical expertise in nursing.

 

MD/MA and MD/PhD

This demanding program trains you to conduct research on a broad range of bio-cultural problems and to identify and analyze socio-cultural impediments of health care in both less developed and developed countries.

 

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Ohio Board of Regents Review

Last Program Review: August 2013

Date of Next Scheduled Review of Web Page: August 2014

Date of Next Scheduled Complete Review: August 2020

Date of Program Goals/Objectives Revised: N/A