Bonnie Taub


Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Home Department: Public Health

Areas of Interest

Medical anthropology, disease and health services in Latin America.




Dr. Taub, a medical anthropologist,is on the faculty at the UCLA School of Public Health and Department of Anthropology. She is the Chair of the Latin American Studies MA Program and Associate Director of the Latin American Institute. Dr. Taub received her BA in Psychology and French from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, her Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), her MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA and her PhD in Anthropology from UCLA. Dr. Taub’s work is a vital component of the Latin American Studies health curriculum at UCLA, as well as the Latin American Studies/ Public Health inter-departmental MPH/MA degree program. She also teaches “Health, Disease and Health Services in Latin America,” “Traditional Medicine, Shamanism and Folk Illness in Latin America,” and “Health and Culture in the Americas” .Dr. Taub’s research interests include international family health, mental health, health seeking behavior, combining of traditional medicine and shamanism with Western medicine and surgery, indigenous peoples, human rights, qualitative research methodology, video ethnography, diversity training and cultural competency for clinicians.  Taub is working to document ethnographic stories of indigenous peoples and provide more culturally conscientious, humanistic health care while educating, assessing and medically assisting poor villagers in Latin America.

Selected Research

Prof. Taub currently is working to provide culturally sensitive healthcare and surgery in Guatemala.  (See more: She is also involved in research and educational efforts to enhance human rights interdisciplinary endeavors ( see: