General Description / Special Programs
Based in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine (which awards the degree) the Master of Science in Medical Anthropology & Cross-Cultural Practice (MACCP) is a two-year, full-time program requiring research methods and theory courses, seven electives, an eight-month service-learning internship in the student’s potential field site, intensive summer fieldwork, training in data analysis and ethnographic writing, and professional development workshops. Students also attend the weekly Research-In-Progress meeting in the Department of Family Medicine, with clinician researchers. (Students can opt to participate in the program on a half-time basis.) The overall goal of the MACCP program is to provide interdisciplinary training in medical anthropology and cross-cultural research, advocacy and/or clini
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Tuition Info
For the most up to date information on tuition and fees, please visit We provide every student admitted to the program with a Tuition-Reduction Provost’s Scholarship equivalent to the cost of one of the four semesters.
Degrees Offered MS
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
AA/AS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements Required Seminars: History and Theory of Medical Anthropology (Parts 1 & 2), Medical Anthropological & Qualitative Research Methods and Design, IRB Proposal Development and Writing, Service Learning Internship, Summer Fieldwork (Parts 1 & 2), Medical Anthropological & Qualitative Data Analysis, Reading Ethnography in Medical Anthropology, Writing Ethnography in Medical Anthropology, Final Writing Project (Parts 1 & 2). Electives: Seven elective course are required. A minimum of 3 must be selected from those offered within the program. Students also have the option to pursue a 3- or 4-credit independent directed study project within MACCP or to take an elective course from any of those offered within the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. Up to 12 elective credits can be taken in other parts of the university (e.g., the School of Public Health).
MA/MS Specializations Medical Anthropology, Applied Anthropology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info Throughout their first year, all students are required to do a Service-Learning Internship in their potential fieldwork site. Students develop their Service Learning Internship sites, mentored by the Service Learning Internship Program (SLIP) coordinator and the student’s program advisor. All placements must be in the Boston region, and can include such sites as clinical settings; non-profit agencies; advocacy organizations; and religious centers, among others.
Support Opportunities We provide each student with a Provost’s Tuition-Reduction Scholarship for full-time study (awards for half-time students are pro-rated accordingly). The program website also provides links to other funding sources for which students may want to apply.
Program Details
Research Facilities African Studies Center with extensive library holdings, computer center; International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History; Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs; Pardee Center for Global Studies
Library Resources Alumni Medical Library; Mugar Library; department library
Certs Offered 0
All university-based: School of Public Health; School of Medicine; Anthropology Department (joint undergraduate minor); Division of Graduate Religious Studies; African Studies Center; Women's Studies; Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs; Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations; Pardee Center for Global Studies
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Those wishing to begin the program in the fall should complete their application by no later than July 1, particularly if they will need to relocate. Those wishing to begin in the spring must complete their application by November 1. International students must submit a completed application no later than June 30th. To apply to the program, please visit and click on Admissions.
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 0
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0