What Is the Medical Anthropology Minor?

The medical anthropology minor provides a pathway to concentrate medical and biological anthropology courses into a cohesive set of curricula focused on health, illness, and well-being. Students will take introductory level courses in biological and medical anthropology and their own selection of upper-division anthropology courses including global health, medical anthropology, human evolution, forensic anthropology, and ethnomedicine.

Why Minor in Medical Anthropology?

Major outcomes of earning this minor focus on developing a critical understanding of the the cultural and biological implications on human health and within society. The minor in medical anthropology is designed to help students be even more competitive on the job market, in graduate school applications, and for those applying to medical schools. Medical anthropology, and the social sciences in general, was added to the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in 2015.

How to Earn the Medical Anthropology Minor


To qualify for this academic minor, students must complete the required number of units with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C).

(18 units)

1. Complete the following prerequisites with a letter grade of C or better in each course:

(6 units)

2. Complete the following required courses with a letter grade of C or better in each course:

(6 units)


3. Complete 6 units of upper-division courses in medical or biological anthropology with a letter grade of C or better in each course:

(6 units)


Other anthropology courses may be substituted with the approval of the minor advisor.


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Updated: February 28, 2024