The Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Anthropology
From depth, through breadth, to perspective
Biomedical anthropology is an emerging subdisciplinary area within biological anthropology, at the intersection between biomedicine and the behavioral and social sciences that shape health status. Biomedical anthropology does more than give lip service to integrating cross-disciplinary approaches; rather, part of its foundation is the unification of knowledge and methods from seemingly diverse disciplines towards a holistic understanding of human health.
Biomedical Anthropology at Binghamton University represents an educational philosophy that has been recommended as part of an innovative graduate training initiative (1995 Reshaping the Graduate Education of Scientists and Engineers, National Academy Press) implemented by the National Science Foundation (NSF Announcement 98:96). Biomedical anthropology emphasizes biomedical, biobehavioral, epidemiological, and evolutionary approaches to understanding the transmission and dissemination of disease, the cellular and molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, and the dynamic interaction of biological and sociocultural factors that shape health outcomes.
The Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Anthropology is awarded to students who demonstrate a command of the subject matter and applied professional competency in biomedical anthropology. This degree will allow students to move into a variety of health-related professions that require interdisciplinary breadth and depth. Graduates of this program are currently employed as laboratory and clinical research scientists, community health outreach coordinators, state and county public health professionals, museum technicians, and practicing archaeologists. Many graduates of the MS program have gone on to obtain additional degrees (MD, PhD). See Our Graduates for more.