Dr. Melissa Schrift is a Professor of Anthropology at East Tennessee State University, Director of the Culture & Health Minor and the Pre-Health Academic Liaison for the College of Arts & Sciences. She has taught in the areas of Cultural and Medical anthropology for over 20 years. The Culture and Health minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of medicine and health with a focus on diversity and cultural competence. The minor has been one of the most robust at ETSU due to the focus on experiential learning and mentoring.
THIS SUMMER, MAY 7-21: Join Drs. Schrift and Duncan for ANTH 4957/ANTH 4410: Culture, Health, and Medical Humanities in the UK. This 2-week anthropological tour of London, York, and Edinburgh focuses on the history of medicine and the human body--from anatomical education and surgical experiments to religious relics and literary phenomenon.
Culture & Health in the Azores Islands
This study abroad course was organized with the Atlantis project as a guided shadowing internship and seminar for pre-health/medical students at ETSU. Students shadowed doctors 25 hours per week at the Hospital de Santo Espirito de Angra do Heroismo. Students worked in small groups to wtiness the government-run European healthcare system and shadow doctors in different specialty areas. Additionally, students participated in a range of field trips and experiences outside of the hospital.
Ritual Healing in Cuba
This study abroad course invited students to visit Havana, Cuba to study traditional modes of healing as well as alternative and spiritual-based approaches, such as Santeria, an Afro-Cuban based belief system. Students met several times with Community Project Espiral, a grassroots project dedicated to educating young people on sustainable development. Students had the opportunity to visit the museum of Afro-Cuban Culture in Regla, enjoy a Brujo tour with Elias Aseff, specialist on Afro-Cuban religion and visit with local herbal and spiritual healers.
The Himalayan Health Exchange
Western Himalayas, India
The ETSU Anthropology program participated in the Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE) for many years with our final trip in 2015. During these years, we brought dozens of students to travel to the Indian Himalayas as part of a larger medical and anthropological expedition. The experience included socio-cultural and religious teachings of the Western Himalayas with daily yoga sessions. In addition, students assisted in public health clinics in rural areas with limited access to healthcare. Students also had opportunities to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization and monastic life and local healthcare.
ANTH 4957: Culture, Health, and Medical Humanities is offered on Mondays & Wednesdays from 1:40pm-3:00pm this Spring.
This Special Topics in Anthropology course examines medical histories, litearature, and art in the context of bioethics and teh human body, with a focus on communication and medical literacy.
ANTH 4957-001: Race, Science, and Human Variation is offered Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 11:40AM-12:35PM this Spring.
In this Special Topics in Anthropology course we consider the relationship between science, race, and power as it relates to human biological variability.