Uses the case of food to explore how culture shapes human well-being, including the impact of political-economic systems on what we have and chose to eat.
Examines disease and health transitions in broadest context of human history, from primate ancestors to hunter-gatherers, to transcontinental contact, colonialism, industrialization, urbanization.
Examines the causes of disasters, such as famines and pandemics, throughout human history. Explores cases in which social responses to disaster have helped people survive or led to their demise. Through hands-on activities, students gain experience with popular tools to understand human responses to disasters.
Explores the impact of globalization on local societies and cultures by focusing on the international migration of peoples, the global expansion of capitalism and global mass media and popular culture. Examines both the socioeconomic causes and consequences of globalization, as well as how local peoples around the world have been affected by, participated in and resisted the forces of globalization.
Role of culture in health, illness, and curing; health status, provider relations, and indigenous healing practices in United States ethnic groups.
Physical anthropology and archaeology. Evidence and processes of human evolution and of culture change. Primates. Fossil hominids and their tools. Race, variation, and heredity. Environment and human biology. Prehistoric culture and society.
Interaction of people and pathogens from prehistoric times to the present, with emphasis on disease as an agent of genetic selection.
Integrates theory and practice of social sciences (including anthropology, demography, and human geography) to understand environmental contexts of health, particularly urban.