Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology

General Objectives of the Course

The main objective of the Master in Medical Anthropology and Global Health is to provide a broad knowledge in topics such as health and disease, taking into account besides the biological dimension, cultural, socioeconomic, political and ecological factors that also have influences in the answer of the human populations to health problems. A solid and deep knowledge that provide skills to better understand and characterize the patterns of human health in several contexts – rural, semi-urban, urban, developing and industrial societies, - and that will give a better understand how challenges of globalization have a local impact in health and life of people and communities.

Admission Requirements

a) Holders of the Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent in one of the following areas: Anthropology, Biology, Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology, Nursery, Health; b) holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies, in one of the following areas: Anthropology, Biology, Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology, Nursery, Health, organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a State that has adhered to this Process; c) holders of a foreign higher education academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the Bachelor’s degree in one of the areas aforementioned, by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology; d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

The master’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health provides scientific formation allowing the students to work in several public health organizations such as Health Centers, Hospitals and also in Non-governmental organizations (ONG). Students with medical anthropology formation are engaged in applying the principles and ethnographic knowledge derived anthropological scholarship to the design or implementation of health policies and interventions

Mode of Study

Full-time, face-to-face and daytime

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' skills and training, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

At the end of the master in medical anthropology the student will have skills that enable him to answer the following problems in the field of human health:
- to characterize the health pattern in several ecological, political and economic contexts
- to be able to do intervention in the emergent health problems in consequence of migration from rural to urban places and the appearance of new disease patterns
- to be able to develop strategies to a better understanding and resolution of the health effects of globalization in the health and well-being of people and communities
- to be able to do interventions in the political contexts of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, malnutrition and violence

Course Coordinator(s)

Cristina Maria Proença Padez

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Manuela Pratas Alvarez

Recognition of Prior Learning

Will apply the Rules of Accreditation of Previous Training and Professional Experience at the University of Coimbra, regulation nº 191/2014, published in Diário da Répública, 2ª série nº 93 at 15th May 2014.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Decree-Law No 74/2006, of March 24, in the current wording

Access to Further Studies

PhD in Anthropology

Study Programme

Medical Anthropology

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: M907

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 21-09-2020
End date: 18-12-2020
2nd Semester
Start date: 15-02-2021
End date: 21-05-2021


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-07-21 a 2021-07-20
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior