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Mark Nichter

Mark Nichter is Regents Professor and coordinator of the Graduate Medical Anthropology Training Program at the University of Arizona. He received a BA in philosophy and psychology at the George Washington University (1971), a Ph.D. in  social anthropology (University of Edinburgh, 1977),  a M.P.H. in International Health (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1978), and postdoctoral training in clinically applied anthropology (University of Hawaii, 1980-83). He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona as well as the Arizona Cancer Center.  Dr. Nichter has over 30 years of experience conducting health related research in Asia, Africa, and North America and is well known in the global health as well as the tobacco control communities. His most recent research has focused on neglected and emerging diseases, tobacco, and pharmaceutical practice. He currently coordinates social science research for UBS Optimus Foundation-funded Buruli Ulcer and Chronic Wound care projects in West Africa and is co-PI on a tobacco project funded by Global Bridges and the Mayo Clinic in Istanbul Turkey.  

Dr. Nichter has been the recipient of several prestigious awards in the field of anthropology including the Margaret Mead Award, the Society for Medical Anthropology’s Career Achievement Award, The Wellcome Institute Medal for Applied Medical Anthropology, Society for Medical Anthropology Graduate Student Mentor


Advisory Committee Chair Humans & the Microbiome


University of ArizonaSchool of Anthropology


United States

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