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The rise of this movement at Berkeley led to a period in the late 1980s and early 1990s with two dominant programs in graduate training, critical medical anthropology in the Joint Program at Berkeley and UCSF and interpretive medical anthropology at Harvard. Lawrence Cohen came from Harvard in 1992 to join Scheper-Hughes. Their teaching and joint research produced a critical and ongoing conversation bringing together the leading formations in the field. Cohen has worked to link debates between critical, interpretive, and biocultural medical anthropologies to broader theoretical questions of materialization that have emerged in feminist and queer scholarship. Cohen has worked at this intersection on diverse topics, including aging, organ transplant and donation, gender and bodies.

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The anthropology department provides a foundation in the fields of socio-cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archeology as they relate to the physical and behavioral aspects of the world's populations of the past and the present. Students in this program will be able to discern the basic issues facing anthropologists, apply the methodologies that anthropologists use to approach the problems in the field, and critically evaluate the record of past accomplishments. This major prepares students for career opportunities in museums, educational, archaeological and medical institutions, international development consulting organizations, social welfare, and state and national management entities. Competencies will be assessed regularly through examinations and projects.


The department also offers an AM in medical anthropology

The rapid growth of science studies and the increasing centrality of both science and the body to contemporary debate in the academy posed new challenges to medical anthropology. Paul Rabinow has studied the new genomics intensively, leading to multiple books and to the development of what he has termed an anthropology of reason. Against too-easy criticism of scientific and medical practice that did not question what Michel Foucault called the "speaker's benefit" of the critic, Rabinow offered a method and a form of analysis that offered a way out of the endless battles of the "Culture Wars." Berkeley anthropology emerged as the most powerful alternative to the dominant approaches to the sociology of science and science studies. From the mid-1990s and on, these two streams of medical anthropology and the anthropology of reason have been in closer and sharper interaction. Far from pushing students towards either pole, the debate constituted a space for encouraging students to link critical, interpretive, and genealogic analysis.

The University of Pittsburgh offers a concentration in medical anthropology for students at both the master's and doctoral levels. Students have the opportunity to focus their course work in relation to a range of issues in health, illness, and medical systems. At the same time, students are required to fulfill the basic departmental requirements in their chosen sub-field of anthropology, ensuring well rounded and high quality training in general anthropology.

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The core medical anthropology faculty includes members whose primary appointments are in the Department of Anthropology as well as faculty appointed in the Graduate School of Public Health, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the Medical School, and the Dental School. Some of the courses offered in the concentration are: Medical Anthropology I and ll; The Anthropology of Food; Asian Medical Systems; Medical Ethics; Dimensions of Aging; Clinical Aspects of Dementia Care.

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Medical anthropology students pursue a wide variety of research interests, such as a study of the meaning of risk for patients and medical staff involved in liver transplantation in Pittsburgh; the household production of health in the urban Amazon; birthing and concepts of motherhood in Italy; the relationship of medical choice to the development of an urban Aymara identity in Bolivia; hospitals and maternal health in China; the meaning and experience of adolescence in Japan; women's identity and reproduction in Japan; fertility decision making in the Solomon Islands; health reform policy in Brazil; social support networks for patients with Alzheimer's disease in western Pennsylvania; physician patient communication in Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

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The University of Pittsburgh is a large institution with a well known medical center and a history of interest in health and medical issues across a wide number of units. These present a broad range of training opportunities for students in medical anthropology. Students concentrating in medical anthropology are encouraged to take advantage of the all of the resources and expertise available at the University. This includes working with anthropologists whose primary appointments are in other units in the University, and scholars from other disciplines with research and teaching interests in health, illness and medical systems including faculty in other departments representing interests in demography, medical sociology, health issues in history, the history of medicine, medical ethics, social epidemiology, biostatistics, cross cultural psychiatry, health education, and several kinds of clinical research.