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Applied Anthropology Research Project

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Anthropology: ANTH 3336 / 5336 - Community Research Project

Note: Instructor Approval is Required to Register

Course Objectives and Organization: 

The purpose of this class is to give students a hands-on experience with applied anthropology research.

This semester we will be working with the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University to conduct a local assessment of how scarce medical resources may be allocated in emergency situations.  For an overview of the larger project, see the Johns Hopkins project website and this New York Times article

Please note that this course requires a significant amount of time spent outside of class in project-related activities. Most particularly, we will spend an entire weekend in March traveling to two different research sites in Texas (one rural and one urban) to collect data for the project. Students must be able to participate in the data collection phase of the project in order to enroll in the course.

By the end of the class you will be able to:

  • Understand the process of research design
  • Understand the different research methods used by applied anthropologists and how these can be used in actual research settings
  • Use focus groups and techniques of deliberative democracy to conduct anthropological research
  • Analyze project data in order to write a professional project report

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Course Details:

Instructor: Dr. Emily Brunson

Note: For additional course information including CRN, start & end dates, times, locations and cost, please visit the course listing in the CatsWeb - Schedule of Classes.

Applying and Registering: Please review the information provided on our webpage - Registering for Extension.

For more information about the content of this course and to inquire about an approval to register, contact Dr. Emily Brunson at 512-245-6753 or

For more information about registering for this course, contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.