Public Health Anthropology: Concepts and Tools

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  • Tuition Fees: General Admission €1,500, tropEd €1,000
  • 2-week 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),TropEd students can earn 3 ECTS points
  • Open to: tropEd students, public health professionals, project planners and managers, paramedical staff, social scientists and other professional groups interested in vocational training

Entry Requirements

This Short Course 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

This course introduces participants to cultural ideas and practices relevant to health and disease as a key to understanding peoples’ behaviour. It gives an overview on medical systems as cultural systems, explanatory models, and health seeking behaviour. Course participants apply qualitative research methods, tools used for data-collection and analysis of data using Nvivo.This course enables participants to apply anthropological approaches to public health care looking at case studies in the field.

Course Topics

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 (15 hours)

  • Reproductive health
  • malaria, diabetes
  • interdisciplinary and transcultural competences

Learning Objectives

At the end of the module, 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

Schedule & Certification

Most of the short courses require full-time attendance from Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5 pm. Of Fridays courses generally finish around noon If not stated otherwise, all classes and activities will also run on public holidays.

Students and course participants must attend full-time and successtully complete all the assessment components in order to receive a certificate of attendance or a grade report from Heidelberg University. tropEd students will be able to credit short courses towards the Master's programme at their home institution.

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.