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Assistant Professor of Psychology; Chair of Health Studies

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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HLTH 212 Medical Anthropology

What role does culture play in the practice, provisioning, and experience of medicine? This course serves as an introduction to the key theoretical frameworks, ethical concerns, and empirical areas of research for medical anthropology. Moving beyond narrow conceptions of health as a solely biological process, we will focus on the complex ways that illness, health, and healing are entwined in social, economic, political, and cultural webs. Drawing on case studies from around the world, we look at a series of tensions that characterize the field: between biomedical and non-biomedical views of bodies, diseases, and health; between local understandings of health and an increasingly globalized systems of medical knowledge and practice; between the politics inherent in medical care and the political governance of access to health care; between health as a liberating condition and medicine as a vector of both productive and repressive power. Prerequisite(s): A 100-level ANSO course or permission of the instructor; J. Rubin

HLTH 349 Health Studies Internship (1/2 or 1)

This internship course represents the capstone experience for the minor. Broadly, this course provides students the opportunity to further examine ideas learned in courses that satisfy the minor, and integrate those ideas with their experiences in a health-related internship in the Galesburg community. Students will spend either 5 or 10 hours per week at an internship site. Students will also meet as a class once per week to discuss assigned short readings about health, and will write short reading reflections once per week. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and courses from three of the four content areas (biological, cultural, philosophical/religious, & psychological); Staff

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