The Master of Culture, Health and Medicine 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.
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.
Employment OpportunitiesThe MCHAM will advance your career in health-related fields in development, policy and education, in government, non-government, and international organisations, and can lead to further PhD research.
Upon successful completion of a Master of Culture, Health and Medicine, graduates will be able to:
- engage in informed debate demonstrating a critical understanding of the historical, political, institutional and cultural factors that frame health, illness and medical care;
- synthesise research, literature and other texts from a range of disciplinary perspectives to develop insight into contemporary health and medical issues; and
- develop a practical research plan in the fields of clinical care, public health or health promotion, incorporating a range of methodologies and theoretical perspectives.
- Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
- Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0
Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, 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.
English Language Requirements
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
Assessment of Qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
Application for course credits
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
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 requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
96 units must come from 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level courses
A minimum of 48 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses
24 units from completion of introductory graduate culture, health and medicine courses from the following list:
ANTH6004 Spirit Rising: Religious Resurgence in its Local Context
ANTH6005 Traditional Australian Indigenous Cultures, Societies and Environment
ANTH6009 Culture and Development
ANTH6017 Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today
ANTH6025 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH6026 Medicine, Healing and the Body
ANTH6057 Culture and Person
ANTH6064 Anthropology of Environmental Disasters
ANTH6138 Doing Medical Anthropology
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
BIAN6119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment
BIAN6120 Culture, Biology & Population Dynamics
BIAN6512 Ancient Health & Disease
BIAN6519 Ancient Medicine
BIOL6141 Infection and Immunity
BIOL6144 Advanced and Applied Immunology
BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics
CRIM6005 Alcohol, Drugs and Crime: Promoting Health and Preventing Consequences
ENVS6005 Sustainable Urban Systems
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
GEND6501 Posthuman bodies
HIST6133 Human Variations and Racism in Western Culture, c. 1450-1950
HIST6229 Sexuality in Australian History
LING6015 Language, Culture and Translation
LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication
LING6034 Communication in Health Care
POLS6100 The Politics of Empire
POLS6101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries
12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses
CHMD8004 Qualitative Methodologies for Health Research
CHMD8014 Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine
A minimum of 6 units from completion of health courses from the following list:
CHMD8009 Anthropological Approaches to Health Interventions
CHMD8010 Anthropological Concepts for Health Research: From Risk to Suffering
A maximum of 30 units from completion of applied culture, health and medicine courses from the following list:
ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development
ANTH8009 Development in Practice
ANTH8014 Mining, Community and Society
ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development
ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development
ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development
ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific
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
CHMD8013 Life, Waste and Sustainability
CHMD8019 Culture, Health, Medicine Internship
CHMD8020 The Future of Food and Human Health
CHMD8021 Indigenous Medicines, Health and Healing
CHMD8022 Biotechnologies in Biomedicine
DEMO8048 Gender and Population
EMDV8001 Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development
HIST8018 A Globalising World
HIST8023 History Incorporated: Early Modern Bodies, 1550-1750
IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy
INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development
INDG8002 Australian Indigenous Development (Advanced)
INDG8003 Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change
LAWS8237 Health Law and Bioethics
MEDI8111 Custodial Medicine Elective
MEDI8116 Public Health disasters, catastrophes and recovery
NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons
PASI8004 Pacific Health Challenges and Strategies: Politics, Culture and Development
POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World
POPH8103 Introduction to Health Service Research and Policy
POPH8104 Contemporary Issues in Public Health
POPH8108 Social Determinants of Health
POPH8318 Human Health, Environment and Climate Change
POPH8918 Life Course Approaches to Human Ageing
POPM8001 Research, Treatment, Policy: Current Issues in Mental Health
SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public
24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
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.
|Year 1 48 units||Introductory Graduate Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units||Introductory Graduate Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units||Introductory Graduate Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units||Introductory Graduate Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units|
|CHMD8004 Qualitative Methodologies for Health Research 6 units||CHMD8009 CHMD8009 or Applied Culture, Health and Medicine Course||Applied Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units||Applied Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||CHMD8014 Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine 6 units||CHMD8010 CHMD8010 or Applied Culture, Health and Medicine Course||Applied Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units||Applied Culture, Health and Medicine Course 6 units|
|ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units||ANU Elective Course 6 units|