• Offered by ANU Medical School
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Graham Fordham
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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Anthropological Concepts for Health Research: From Risk to Suffering (CHMD8010)

This course aims to broaden student’s understanding of health issues by equipping them with the social science concepts that will allow them to conduct deeper and richer analyses than those possible using “traditional” epidemiological and biomedical concepts, and enhances their skills in critical and reflexive thinking. It provides students with a unique opportunity to acquire a comprehensive toolkit of concepts and approaches which will enhance their capacity in the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data, and in all areas of health research.

The course draws on a wide range of ethnographically rich texts dealing with contemporary data from Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa as well as western cultures. CHMD8010 complements CHDM8004 Qualitative Methodologies in Health research, CHMD8009 (Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Health Interventions, and Perspectives in Culture, Health and Medicine (CHMD8014).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

• Demonstrate a critical understanding of at least six analytical concepts that may be used in the analysis of public health research

• Articulate a critical understanding of how anthropological concepts may be used in the analysis of public health research

• Evaluate the relative utility of diverse analytical concepts in the analysis of health research

• Reflectively evaluate the efficacy of conceptually informed analyses of public health issues vs. approaches based in naive empiricism

Indicative Assessment

70% - 6000 word essay

15% Seminar presentation (paper to be handed in)

15% Class participation

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The workload will be three contact hours per week comprising a combination of lectures and seminars with the expectation of a further seven hours of independent study.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts. Course readings will be provided.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4092
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5454
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3318 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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