Religion, Medicine, and Global Health in Uganda

Reflecting Critically on an Afternoon at Mulago Hospital


  • Jason Bruner Arizona State University



global health, healing, medicine, religion, Uganda


In this article, I use three scenes from an afternoon of ethnographic fieldwork at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda as the occasion to consider the various ways in which religion, medicine and global health are imagined, reified and dissolved as contemporary categories. I use historical and contemporary literature to illuminate how these interactions are contextualized products of broader historical processes. I conclude by arguing that research on global health needs to take “religion” seriously as a venue in which people create and enact modes of life that they find meaningful and life sustaining, particularly those creations and practices that are unable to be quantified in global health metrics and research.


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Author Biography

Jason Bruner, Arizona State University

Jason Bruner is an assistant professor of global Christianity in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Living Salvation in the East African Revival in Uganda (University of Rochester Press, 2017). Funding from the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, as well as the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University, contributed to this research.


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How to Cite

Bruner, J. (2017). Religion, Medicine, and Global Health in Uganda: Reflecting Critically on an Afternoon at Mulago Hospital. Fieldwork in Religion, 12(1), 27–49.