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Development of a Medical Anthropology Curriculum in Mozambique

Author  Carlos, Dorothea
Abstract  In the context of the project “Medicina Verde – Medicina Tradicional”, I was invited to develop and teach a medical anthropology curriculum at the bilingual (Portuguese/English) Beira Medical College and to give input in the communication for health curriculum, as well. In the process, not only did I gain deeper insight into local beliefs, attitudes, and practices concerning health and disease, but also discovered challenges that the students face when they try to integrate different concepts of health care within the Mozambican health care system and act as bridge builders between these worlds. In this paper, I share about the content of the curriculum, the process of cross-cultural teaching, and what I learned along the way.
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Published  2012
Country  Mozambique
Subjects  Anthropology
Keywords  Portuguese; Mozambique; medical anthropology; curriculum development