Public Health Anthropology

Concepts and Tools


Der Kurs gibt einen Einblick in medizinische Systeme als kulturelle Systeme und gesundheitsorientierte Verhaltensweisen. Die Teilnehmenden lernen anthropologische Ansätze in der Praxis z.B. bei Diabetes, Malaria, Reproduktionsgesundheit und transkulturelle Kompetenzen, anzuwenden.



The main topics are: Introduction to Public Health Anthropology; Cultural ideas and practices relevant to health and disease, as a key to understanding people's behaviour; Overview of medical systems as cultural systems; Exxplanatory models and health seeking behaviour; Research methods in public health anthropology;Application of anthroplogical approaches to public health care Provision;Case studies.

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the concept of public health anthropology and its role in research, policy, and practice in public health
  • Recognise the impact of cultural paradigms and practices related to illness and to health care provision in different cultural settings
  • Employ an anthropological perspective in identifying problems and finding solutions to public health problems encountered in the field
  • Use anthropological methods to identify cultural paradigms and practices related to health and illness
  • Critically contextualize and evaluate medical and policy issues in public health from an anthropological perspective
  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in class to develop research questions and define the methodology needed to do public health anthropology research
  • Apply public health anthropology tools to collect and analyse data, including the use of software technology


  • Global Public Health
  • Disease Control
  • Sonstige - Public Health
  • HIV und Aids

Datum / Uhrzeit


Veranstalter und Veranstaltungsort

Institut für Public-Health, Heidelberg

Target Group and Prerequisites

This course equals 90 hrs of student investment time (56 hrs of lectures, 14 hrs of facilitated group work and 20 hrs of self-study time). It is open to tropEd students, public health professionals, project planners and managers, paramedical staff, social scientists and other professional groups interested in vocational training. TropEd students can earn 3 ECTS Points.

Course Fee

General admittance: EUR 1.500,-
troEd students: EUR 1.000,-

Anchal Sharma, MSc.
Assistant Short Courses Coordinator
Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365, D-69120 Heidelberg
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