Barbara Barrett – University of Copenhagen

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Barbara Ann Barrett

Anthropologist, PhD

The Research Unit for General Practice
Department of Public Health
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Copenhagen 
Øster Farimagsgade 5
P.O. Box 2099
DK-1014 Copenhagen

Office: Building 24, 24-0-30
Telephone: +45 353-34528
Telephone (Secretariat): +45 353-27171
Mobile: +45 31163126


Barbara Ann Barrett

Primary research areas

  • Prenatal screening
  • Reproductive health
  • The interaction between biotechnology, guidelines and clinical practice

Ongoing research

Guidelines in action in prenatal screening. A study of organisational standardisation and clinical management of first trimester screening in Denmark. PhD thesis defended in January 2017. View press release here.

Teaching and supervision


  • Medical Anthropology 
  • 2nd semester method
  • Introduction to anthropology 

Undervisningstemaer, bl.a.:

  • Introduction to medical anthropology, the birth of the discipline, history, and theoretical and metholodical approach   
  • Introduction to anthropological diversity - illuminated by examples
  • The social life of medicine
  • Life and death - new technologies
  • Organ transplantation
  • Ethnical patients in the Danish Health Care System 
  • Qualitative methods


Supervisor within reproductive health, medical anthropology and qualitative methods