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anthropology Graduate Programs


Graduate Programs and Admission Information

GENERAL INFORMATION / LINKS / APPLICATION PROCESS / 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

 

 

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APPLICATION PROCESS FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS

 

INTERESTED IN VISITING CWRU?

If you are interested in visiting CWRU, the department will be happy to coordinate your visit; we find that students have a more satisfying visit if interviews are coordinated by our main office, rather than having you try to arrange your own meetings. To arrange a visit, please contact Barbara Reebel (216-368-3703; barbara.reebel@case.edu) as far in advance as possible to allow the department to arrange a schedule to match your interests. Let her know when you will be visiting and when you will be available to meet with Anthropology faculty and students. In addition, let her know if you wish to meet with any particular faculty members. The department will then arrange for you to meet with available faculty and current graduate students.

 

ALL APPLICATIONS ARE SUBMITTED ON-LINE.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR MA / PhD PROGRAM

There are several options for how you complete the on-line application.  Please read the options below carefully. If you run into problems, contact Professor Lawrence Greksa at (216) 368-6777 or lawrence.greksa@case.edu

 

    1. If your highest degree is a BA or BS, choose the following options in the on-line application:
    • “Anthropology” for Academic Program
    • “MA/PhD” option for Degree
    • “Anthropology (MA-B)” option for Academic Plan 1
    • “Medical Anthropology and Global Health” for Sub-plan/Concentration

 

    1. If your highest degree is an MA (or equivalent) degree in any field, choose the following options in the on-line application:
    • “Anthropology” for Academic Program
    • “PhD” option for Degree
    • “Anthropology (PhD)” option for Academic Plan 1
    • “Medical Anthropology and Global Health” for Sub-plan/Concentration

 

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS

We offer two joint degree programs with the School of Medicine: the joint Anthropology- Masters of Public Health program and the joint Anthropology MA/MD program.

 

If you apply for the joint MPH program, separate applications will be generated from your on-line application and sent to both programs, each of which independently evaluates your application to their program. 

 

If you apply for the joint MA/MD program, you must complete separate applications for Anthropology and for the School of Medicine.  We recommend that you discuss this option with your School of Medicine adviser prior to applying to our program.  Only our application process is described below. 

                 

    1. All applicants for the joint Anthropology PhD/MPH program should choose the following options in the on-line application:
    • “Anthropology” for Academic Program
    • “PhD/MPH” option for Degree 
    • “Anthropology (PHD)”for  Academic Plan 1
    • “Medical Anthropology and global Health” for Sub-plan/Concentration
    • “Public Health (MPH-B) for Academic Plan 2

 

    1. All applicants for an MA in Anthropology and an MD from the School of Medicine, choose the following options in the on-line application:
    • “Anthropology” for Academic Program
    • “MA/MD” option for Degree
    • “Anthropology (MA-B)” option for Academic Plan 1
    • “Medical Anthropology and Global Health” for Sub-plan/Concentration

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

Applications requesting financial assistance are due by February 15th for an August matriculation date. Financial assistance is only available for students applying to the PhD program. All other applications are reviewed on an on-going basis throughout the year. Questions about the application process should be directed to Professor Lawrence Greksa at lawrence.greksa@case.edu.

If you 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) The on-line application;

(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) official transcripts;

(e) documentation of GRE scores; and

(f) $50.00 application fee

Writing samples are optional.

 

If you have a question that has not been answered on our website, contact: 

Lawrence Greksa, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Anthropology
Phone: 216-368-6777 or 216-368-3703
E-mail: lawrence.greksa@case.edu

 

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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