• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body
  • Minor code HMAB-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Health, Medicine and the Body Minor

Understanding the nature of health, sickness, and healing necessarily includes exploration of the historical, social, cultural, and economic contexts in which illness is defined and understood. It is in these contexts also that medical systems and specific sets of health care practices arise and evolve.

The wider study of health and medicine thus involves a number of disciplines, whose perspectives can complement and deepen the understandings derived from scientific knowledge and training in clinical skills that take primacy in medical training.

These include fields such as socio-cultural anthropology, biological anthropology,  population health, the sociology of health and illness, health psychology, the history of medicine, philosophy and ethics, and gender studies.

This minor provides the opportunity for students to combine later-year courses in related disciplines to explore the broader social contexts of health and the development of medical knowledge and bodily practice.


Learning Outcomes

  • A grasp of the overall scope and intellectual approaches of at least two of the component disciplines which study health, medicine and the body
  • An overview familiarity with selected concepts in those disciplines
  • A familiarity with key points from the literature on health, medicine and the body
  • An ability to evaluate studies from the above literatures critically

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANTH2026 Medicine, Healing and the Body 6
BIAN2119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment 6
BIAN2130 Ancient Medicine 6
BIOL2191 Ecology of Health and Disease 6
GEND2025 Gender, Health and Embodiment 6
GEND3001 Posthuman Bodies 6
PSYC3020 Health Psychology 6
SOCY2162 Sociology of Health and Illness 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ANTH2130 Violence and Terror 6
ANTH2132 Food for Thought: Anthropological theories of food and eating 6
ARCH3028 Archaeology of Death and Mortuary Practices 6
BIAN2115 'Race' and Human Genetic Variation 6
BIAN2120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics 6
BIAN2128 Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology 6
BIAN3014 Research Design and Analysis in Biological Anthropology 6
DEMO2001 Population Studies 6
ECON3004 Health Economics 6
GEND2021 Trauma, Memory and Culture 6
HIST2133 Human Variations and Racism in Western Culture, c. 1450-1950 6
PHIL2082 Sex and Death: the Philosophy of Biology 6
PHIL2085 Applied Ethics 6
SCOM3001 Science, Risk and Ethics 6
SOCY2022 Environmental Sociology 6
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