single degree

Master of Culture Health and Medicine (Advanced)

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VCHAM
  • CRICOS code 082284D
  • Field of Education
    • Public Health
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VCHAM
  • CRICOS code 082284D
  • Field of Education
    • Public Health
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Culture, Health and Medicine (Advanced) requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:


36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses

CHMD8004 Qualitative Methodologies for Health Research

CHMD8014 Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine

THES8103 Thesis


A minimum of 6 units from completion of one of the following courses:

CHMD8009 Anthropological Approaches to Health Interventions

CHMD8010 Anthropological Concepts for Health Research: From Risk to Suffering


24 units from completion of introductory courses from the following list:

ANTH6004 Religion, Ritual and Cosmology

ANTH6009 Culture and Development

ANTH6017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today

ANTH6025 Gender and Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH6026 Medicine, Healing and the Body

ANTH6057 Culture and Person

ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters

ANTH6514 Anthropology of Media

ANTH6515 Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood

ANTH6516 Violence and Terror

ANTH6518 Food for Thought: Anthropological theories of food and eating

ANTH6519 Social Animals: anthropological perspectives on animal-human relationships

BIAN6013 Human Evolution

BIAN6115 Race and Human Genetic Variation

BIAN6119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment

BIAN6120 Culture, Biology & Population Dynamics

BIOL6106 Biosecurity

BIOL6141 Infection and Immunity

BIOL6144 Molecular Immunology

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics

ENVS6005 Sustainable Systems: Urban

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy

ENVS6101 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6104 Australia's Environment

ENVS6108 Sustainable Development

ENVS6306 Human Futures

GEND6021 Trauma, Memory and Culture

HIST8018 A Globalising World

LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation

LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication

POLS6100 The Politics of Empire

POLS6101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public


A maximum of 30 units from completion of Culture, Health and Medicine courses from the following list:

ANTH6005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment

ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8014 Mining, Community and Society

ANTH8030 Critically Assessing Contemporary Development Practice

ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development

ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development

ANTH8044 Land Rights and Resource Development (Advanced)

BIAN6512 Ancient Health & Disease

BIAN6519 Ancient Medicine

BIOL8021 Health and Disease in a Changing World

CHMD8001 Directed Readings in Culture, Health and Medicine

CHMD8005 Representing Medicine: Performance, Drama and Identity

CHMD8006 Global Health and Development

CHMD8008 Medicine and Society in History

CHMD8011 Refugee Health: From Displacement to Resettlement

CHMD8019 Culture, Health, Medicine Internship

CHMD8020 The Future of Food and Human Health

DEMO8048 Gender and Population

DEMO8079 Health Demography

EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development

GEND6501 Technoculture and the Body

IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy

INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development

INDG8002 Australian Indigenous Development (Advanced)

MEDI8111 Custodial Medicine Elective

NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons

POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World

POPH8103 Introduction to Health Services Research and Policy

POPH8104 Contemporary Issues in Public Health

POPM8001 Mental Health


Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Introductory Course 6 units Introductory Course 6 units Introductory Course 6 units Introductory Course 6 units
CHMD8004 Qualitative Methodologies for Health Research 6 units Either CHMD8009 Or a course from the Culture, Health and Medicine list 6 units Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units CHMD8014 Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine 6 units Either CHMD8010 Or a course from the Culture, Health and Medicine list 6 units Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units
- THES8103 Thesis 6 to 24 units - -

Admission Requirements

By transfer from Master of  Culture Health and Medicine with a minimum GPA of 6/7 as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Students will be awarded up to 72 units of course credit for courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Area Studies, Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Law, Language and Literature, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physiotherapy, Politics, Psychology, Public Health, Social Work, Sociology


Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Culture, Health and Medicine (Advanced) is the only program of its kind in Australia. Drawing on anthropological and other social science perspectives, and technical expertise in health-related research and practice, you will understand the nature of health, sickness, and healing in a local and global context. You will emerge with the skills to undertake social and cultural analysis of health policy and practices.

This interdisciplinary program is taught by leading academics, clinicians, and global health practitioners from across the ANU.

Many courses in this program are available online. Although the program itself is not available online, it may be possible for some students with a prior cognate degree to complete the program by selecting only courses that are available online; please note that not all courses are available online and so there is a restricted selection available. Students interested in this option can contact the program convenor to discuss their eligibility and course selections.

Students enter the Master of Culture, Health and Medicine (Advanced) by transfer from the Master of Culture, Health and Medicine.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. engage in informed debate demonstrating a critical understanding of the historical, political, institutional and cultural factors that frame health, illness and medical care;
  2. synthesise research, literature and other texts from a range of disciplinary perspectives to develop insight into contemporary health and medical issues;
  3. develop a practical research plan in the fields of clinical care, public health or health promotion, incorporating a range of methodologies and theoretical perspectives; and
  4. complete a major piece of research in the field of Culture, Health and Medicine.
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