Master of Culture, Health & Medicine


The MCHAM is composed of a general stream, and five specialisations of: Global Health and Development; Health Policy and Ethics; Health and Gender; Health and Environment; and Health and Indigenous Australia.

Particular emphasis is placed on the problems of combining anthropological perspectives and medical practices with other forms of technical expertise in health-related research and practice.

Typical courses

  • Ancient Health and Disease
  • Ancient Medicine
  • Critically Assessing Contemporary Development Practice
  • Cultural Epidemiology: Theory and Methods
  • Directed Readings in Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Global Health and Development
  • Health and Disease in a Changing World
  • Health and Inequality in Latin America
  • Indigenous Australian Societies and Culture
  • Introduction to Australian Indigenous Policy
  • Introduction to Gender and Development
  • Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development
  • Nutrition, Disease and the Human Environment
  • Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine
  • Qualitative Methodologies for Health Research
  • Representing Medicine: Performance, Drama and Identity
  • Research Project in Culture, Health and Medicine

Our rankings

At the ANU you can learn from experts in your field. In the 2010 QS World University Rankings ANU was ranked number one in Australia and 13 in the world for social sciences, and number one in Australia and 17 in the world for arts and humanities.


Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence may be met by the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Anthropology.