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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Anthropology of Women’s Health


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: STEM, Anthropology, Healthcare
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Health Science
    • Credit Awarded: No
    • Call: (413) 577-2112
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    Learn about Summer 2023 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review. Find out more!


    This course takes a developmental approach to examine women's health across the lifespan -- from birth to old age. We will use theories and methods from biocultural anthropology, human biology, reproductive ecology, and evolutionary medicine to contextualize how women's health is shaped by physiology, environment, culture, and our evolutionary past.

    Topics will include menarche, pregnancy, lactation, early life effects on reproduction, growth and development, and menopause, among others. Throughout this course, we will practice integrating biological and cultural concepts to learn about their influence on women's global health and well-being.

    Students will complete a final research project based on a class topic they wish to explore more in-depth that will include independent ethnographic or epidemiological research. This course will be of particular interest to students considering medical and health-based careers.

    Schedule: Live, synchronous sessions will meet Monday - Friday, 1 - 3pm (Eastern Time). Plus additional asynchronous work as assigned.


    Students attending the online program are expected to attend all class sessions live in real time. In order to prioritize the health and well-being of participants, eligibility is restricted to applicants residing in time zones where class hours do not extend beyond midnight. Please use a time zone converter to check when class sessions will meet in your time zone. 

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: July 10 - 21, 2023
    Two-Week Online Intensives: $1,748

    *Program fees listed above include tuition and registration.
    *All programs require submission of $35 application fee.