Graduate Anthropology Program
Health and Human Biology
Biological anthropology at the University of Oklahoma is based on a biocultural framework focusing on human biology of living populations, skeletal biology, human genetics, and demography. Medical anthropology at the University of Oklahoma includes particular strengths in applied medical anthropology in Native North America; health systems and policy; research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic knowledge; human development and health; and inquiry into the human experience of psychiatric distress and healing.
The Health and Human Biology Ph.D. track is an integrative Biological and Medical Anthropology program focusing on the adaptation, evolution, and behaviors of human ancestors and contemporary populations. The conceptual framework of this track is based on the holistic anthropological approach to understanding humanity with its global and temporal commonalities and its ecological, sociocultural, and biological diversity. Viewing the evolution of human beings through biological and cultural interactive processes provides an understanding of how humans adapted and are adapting to the dynamic world they evolved in the past and live in today. This unique perspective from biological and medical anthropology sets the foundation to studying the development of health, illness, disease, and death in both human history and the contemporary world.
Courses and Requirements
The University of Oklahoma offers a broad range of graduate-level biological and medical anthropology courses including special topics courses and seminars. Please see the OU course catalog for additional anthropology courses. Please click here to see the courses offered during the current and upcoming semester. Ph.D. students in Anthropology's Health and Human Biology track take core courses in biological anthropology, archæology, linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology, if they have not already done so in their Master's program. Two additional required courses (ANTH 6843 and ANTH 6643) focus on theory and method in biological and medical anthropology. For more information, please see the application procedures and graduate program requirements.
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Faculty Research Interests
- Dr. Kermyt G. Anderson: Behavioral ecology and life history theory; nonpaternity and paternity confidence; HIV/AIDS; South Africa; anthropological demography; parental care and investment; education and schooling outcomes; kinship; biosocial anthropology.
- Dr. Tassie Katherine Hirschfeld: Medical anthropology; political economy; inequality; post-socialism; Latin America; Cuba; the Andes.
- Dr. Courtney Hofman: Ancient DNA; microbiomes, historical; ecology, coastal; archaeology, genomics, translocations, zooarchaeology, conservation genetics, high-throughput DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, human-environment interactions, archaeogenomics, domestication, and science education.
- Dr. Lori L. Jervis: Medical anthropology; psychiatric anthropology; American Indians; aging; trauma; human-animal interactions.
- Dr. Brian Kemp: Molecular anthropology; human genetics.
- Dr. Cecil M. Lewis: Anthropological genetics; population genetics; peopling of South America; evolution of disease associated genetic variation.
- Dr. Paul Spicer: Native North America; psychological and medical anthropology; child development; applied and policy studies in education, health care, and social services in tribal communities; addiction; obesity; genetics; human-animal interactions.
- Dr. Tina Warinner: Human microbiome ecology in present and past populations; ancient biomolecules; methods development for analysis of highly degraded samples; paleodietary inference.
- Dr. Diane M. Warren: Human-animal interactions; dogs in prehistory; dog paleopathology and skeletal biology; human variation; American Midsouth and Southeast.