MED 713 - SRCC-Biocultural Approaches to Medicine
(0 cr.) Anthropology is the holistic study of humans. Anthropologists study all aspects of human existence, which are biological, ecological, and cultural in nature, not as collections of individuals part, but as components that must work together to create a functional whole. The study of medicine can be approached in a similar manner. The meaning of health, illness, and disease is something that we often take for granted; yet, these are concepts that have a profound cultural basis. In this course, we will use a biocultural perspective to explore the social, ecological, and biological dimensions of the factors that influence health and well-being, the experience and distribution of illness, the prevention and treatment of sickness, healing processes, the social relations of therapy management, and the cultural importance and utilization of pluralistic medical systems. We will use these concepts to discuss issues relating to diet and nutrition, growth and development, reproductive health, aging, infectious diseases, globalization, social inequality, mental health, and health disparities.

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