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Department of Anthropology

Anthropology of Health

The Anthropology of Health group bridges biological and social anthropology, community medicine, evolutionary medicine, social epidemiology and public health. We work on local, regional and international scales. We aim to advance the interdisciplinary anthropological study of health, to critically debate local and international health issues, and to support impact and outreach activities.


Within the group we foster the development of research students, build affiliations with health professionals, and promote the translation of anthropological research into health policy. We host seminars and workshops, promote research collaborations, and run both laboratory and community-based projects. We are closely involved with the University's health research strategy via the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, and with public health in the North-East via FUSE, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. Members of the Anthropology of Health Research Group run the Anthropology Department’s Endocrinology and Ecology Lab, Physical Activity Lab, and Sleep Lab, and are closely involved in the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, the Centre for Medical Humanities, and the Institute of Hazard, Risk & Resilience.


Anthropology of Health Research

Members of the Anthropology of Health research group conduct research in several areas, including:

  • Public Health Anthropology
  • Global Health Interventions
  • Early Life Influences on Health and Mother-Child Interactions
  • Anthropology of Science, Medicine and Technology
  • Evolutionary Medicine/Health

Find out more about research in the Anthropology of Health group.


Opportunities for Research Postgraduates

The Anthropology of Health Group offers exciting interdisciplinary taught MSc programmes in Medical Anthropology and Evolutionary Medicine designed for health professionals, and graduates of anthropology and related disciplines. There are also numerous PhD studentships available to study health-related topics in anthropology.

Find out more about Postgraduate Opportunities in the Anthropology of Health group.