ANTH 430 Medical Ethnography

Course involves advanced students conducting ethnographic fieldwork in local health clinics or hospitals or with local communities with unique medical cultures. Course examines patterns of health service utilization and access to clinical health care, as well as alternatives to clinical health care.  Students, working collaboratively with either health care professionals and/or ethnic populations with special health care needs, such as immigrant or indigenous communities, document and analyze ethnographic data pertaining to the delivery and consumption of health care services and the generation of health care alternatives, such as community medicinal gardens.  A focused research question is examined through interviewing, participant observation, data collection, and analysis involving the community under study and specific health service providers.