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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, anthropological insights are valuable research and teaching resources for health promotion, disease prevention, and the strengthening of health systems. We're collecting some of these resources to support open and fact-based conversations about the pandemic and community responses.
Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems. Historically, anthropologists in the United States have been trained in one of four areas: sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Anthropologists often integrate the perspectives of several of these areas into their research, teaching, and professional lives.