Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Medical Anthropology and Global Health


This master's degree is the continuation of the URV-specific degree in Anthropology of Medicine (1994-2000), and the Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (2006-2014).

Its aim is to provide students with a solid foundation in the theories, techniques and methodologies of medical anthropology. On graduating they should be able to translate social problems into anthropological research questions and transform the research into practical policies, thus contributing to social innovation and new health care models.
It is taught over two years in both Romance languages and English. It is unique in southern Europe and acts as a link between Europe, Latin America and African countries.

Career opportunities

This programme aims to train students to join the labour market in the following areas:
1. Public and private agencies that provide assessment in the health sector.
2. International health, health promotion and education, and public health.
3. Teaching the sociology of health at universities and other institutions.
4. Health management and planning.
5. Cultural psychiatry and psychology.
6. High-level international research into global health.

Inter-university Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Duration 120 ECTS credits - 2 years
Track Research and professional
Type Blended
Language of instruction Spanish (80%), Catalan (10%), English (10%)
Places available 30
Collaborating institutions Milà i Fontanals Institution of the CSIC
Participating universities Universitat Rovira i Virgili (coordinating university)
University of Barcelona
  • Faculty of Arts of the URV
  • Faculty of Geography and History of the UB

Check the course guide from the Faculty

Associated doctoral programme Anthropology and Communication
Course dates Classes are held from early October to late May
Academic coordinator Dr. Oriol Romaní Alfonso
Coordinator's email address coord.miamsg(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat
Administrative contact details

Campus Catalunya Secretariat for Academic Management

977 297 000



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                 Master's Degree thesis regulations

Student Profile

The programme is designed for graduates in the field of social and cultural anthropology and other social science degrees who wish to specialise in the field of health, and graduates in health sciences who wish to train in the social sciences to meet a growing demand for research into the sociology of health.





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FIRST YEAR: compulsory subjects
First semester
12835101 Anthropology and Health Sciences 5
12835102 Ethnografhic Representations of Health Processes, Illness and Care 5
12835103 Medicalization and Culture 5
12835104 Medical Systems 5
12835105 Health and Society in the History of the West 5
12835106 Information and Documentation Systems Applied to Medical Anthropology 5
Second semester
12835107 General Health 5
12835108 Ethnografhic Methodology in Medical Anthropology 5
12835109 Advanced Techniques in Ethnography 5
12835110 Diet, Health and Culture 3
12835111 Anthropology and General Health 3
12835112 Anthropology and Mental Health 3
12835113 Critical Approaches in Medical Anthropology 3
12835114 Phenomenological Approaches: Body and Culture 3
 SECOND YEAR: compulsory subjects
First semester
12835116 Substances, Discomfort, Subjects and Risk Managment 5
12835117 Culture and Political Economics of Afflictions 5
12835118 Dietary Controversies: Subjects, Practices and Discourses 5
12835119 Culture and Political Economics of Health: Care Institutions 5
12835120 Applied Medical Anthropology 5
Second semester
12835115 Health, Development and Environment 5
12835121 Advanced Studies Seminar 10
12835301 Final Master's Project 20

Especific requirements

Selection criteria

Pre-enrolled students will be selected according to the following criteria:
1. Suitability of the admission qualification: up to 4 points, according to the following scale:
     a) Degrees in the humanities and social sciences: up to 4 points,
     b) Graduates in the field of health sciences: up to 4 points,
     c) Other qualifications: 0 points.
2. Evaluation of the student's academic record in the university degree that qualifies them for admission to the master's degree: up to 3 points.
3. Higher level of English than required (elementary): up to 1 point.
4. Complementary training relevant to the content of the master's degree (courses, seminars or other training activities), for which proof must be provided: up to 1 point.
5. Extended stays (at least four weeks) in English-speaking countries, for which proof must be provided: up to 1 point.