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Public Health Anthropology: Concepts and Tools

January 20 - January 31, 2020 (application starting September 01, 2019)

Tuition Fees:

General Admission €1,500, tropEd €1,000


This course equals 90 hrs of student investment time (56 hrs of lectures, 14 hrs of facilitated group work and 20 hrs of self-study time). It is open to tropEd students, public health professionals, project planners and managers, paramedical staff, social scientists and other professional groups interested in vocational training. TropEd students can earn 3 ECTS points.

Entry Requirements

"Public Health Anthropology: Concepts and Tools" is held in English. Course participants should have excellent command/high level of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking English. Participants should also download and install Nvivo 9 tutorial and trial version and bring their own laptops to class. Login details will be sent out before course commencement.

Content Overview

The main topics to be covered in this module are: Introduction to Public Health Anthropology (25 hours)

  • Cultural ideas and practices relevant to health and disease, as a key to understanding people’s behaviour
  • Overview of medical systems as cultural systems
  • Explanatory models and health seeking behaviour

Research methods in Public Health Anthropology (30 hours)

  • Ethnographic methods as a basis for qualitative research
  • Overview of tools used for data collection
  • Preparing and conducting in-depth interviews and-, focus group discussions
  • Practicing observations
  • Analysing qualitative data using NVivo 11
  • Rapid Appraisal Methods

Applying Public Health Anthropology in the field of: Reproductive health, malaria, diabetes, interdisciplinary and transcultural competences (15 hours)

Learning Objectives

At the end of the module the participants should be able to:

  • Reflect on the use of ethnographic methods to conduct research in order to identify cultural paradigms and practices related to health and illness
  • Employ an anthropological perspective in identifying problems and finding solutions to public health problems encountered in the field
  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in class to develop research questions and define the methodology needed to do public health anthropology research
  • Apply public health anthropology tools to collect and analyze data, including the use of software technology

Course Fee

  • General Admittance: € 1.500.-
  • tropEd students: € 1.000.-

Included in the course fee is a non-refundable registration fee of € 200.-
Please register as soon as possible as the number of participants is limited.
Unfortunately, no Scholarships are available.
If the participant withdraws from the course

  • less than 6 weeks prior: 25 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 4 weeks prior: 50 % of the course fee will be charged.
  • less than 2 weeks prior: the whole course fee will be charged.

The tuition fee does not include accommodation, insurance or other personal living costs during the stay.

Contact Registration

Short Course Coordinator/tropEd Coordinator

Nandita Rothermund-Bucher, M.A.
Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365, D-69120 Heidelberg
Fon: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 46 48 
Fax: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 49 18

Course Coordinator

PD Dr. Aurélia Souares
Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Prof. apl. Dr. Verena Keck
Medical Anthropology Team, University of Heidelberg

Teaching Coordinator

Dr. Pauline Grys
Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg
Fon: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 50 48

Course Coordinators

Dr. Aurélia Souares,
Institute of Global Health,
Heidelberg University
Prof. Dr William S. Sax,
South Asia Institute,
Heidelberg University
Prof. apl. Dr. Verena Keck,
and the Medical Anthropology Team,
Heidelberg University