Graduate Programs of Study

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The purpose of the Program in Medical Anthropology is to provide structure and concentration of study for graduate students in this subfield within the Department’s graduate curriculum. In addition, by creating a formalized program, we intend to use more fully the training and research resources that exist in the Departments of Epidemiology, Health Education, and Social and Administrative Medicine at UNC. In order to provide quality of preparation and training in medical anthropology, a specialized program has been designed.

a) The overall purpose of the Program in Medical Anthropology is to create a curriculum structure that will offer our students solid anthropological training, coupled with extensive preparation in behavioral and health science. This graduate program is designed to offer special training for the variety of students preparing for careers as medical anthropologists.

b) The Program in Medical Anthropology will require graduate students to obtain broad training in anthropology by choosing electives from one or more of the concentrations offered in the Department pertinent to the students’ interests in medical anthropology.

c) Cross-disciplinary studies and training are an important part of medical anthropology. Health professionals from a variety of disciplines are interested in and currently active in the field, and anthropology students have much to gain from extended discourse with persons trained in the health sciences. By allowing health professionals (trained or in training) access to a specialized program, we encourage the growth and development of medical anthropology.

d) Students in the Program in Medical Anthropology will have to meet all requirements specified in the Doctoral Program requirements. The qualifying examinations will include one component of special questions designed to assess the student’s competency in medical anthropology and the special interests of the individual student.

e) The graduate advisor and faculty of the Program in Medical Anthropology will meet with each medical anthropology student during the first semester to assess the student’s strength and weaknesses and prescribe a course of study accordingly.

For a detailed curriculum of the Program in Medical Anthropology see Appendix A of the Guide to Graduate Studies in Anthropology at UNC-CH.




Students in the Program in Archaeology are expected to follow a curriculum that insures their development both as well-rounded anthropologists and thoroughly trained archaeologists. The program also aims to develop the student professionally as well as academically. These ends are accomplished by:


  1. An overall set of coursework that spans the sub-areas of anthropology, and that is coordinated in a direction appropriate for each student.


  2. A group of recommended courses that expose the student to the theoretical, methodological, and factual knowledge of anthropological archaeology, and region(s) of special interest.


  3. An individualized sequence of first-hand experiences and evaluations in the field and laboratory carried out in apprenticeship fashion.

The latter category (Item 3) is an especially important aspect of the program. Each student is given the opportunity to work with the Department faculty and the professional staff of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA) in close and direct interaction to develop technical, observational, and decision-making skills in rigorous research situations. In addition, each student is expected to demonstrate abilities to work both cooperatively and independently, and to cultivate teaching and supervisory skills.

For all archaeology students, and especially those with a Southeastern focus, important resources and opportunities are available through the RLA. Although the RLA, a research center for Southeastern archaeology and ethnohistory, is administered separately from the Department of Anthropology, it interacts closely with the Department by providing fieldwork and laboratory opportunities, including assistantships, and by making available its facilities and collections.

For the recommended courses and sample curricula of the Program in Archaeology, see Appendix B of the Guide to Graduate Studies in Anthropology at UNC-CH.