Maestrías en Físico Química y Física Aplicada,
Maestría en Ciencias (Biología Marina), Maestría en Ecología Humana




Human ecology is the study of the temporal and spatial relationships between the human species ( Homo sapiens ) and the components and processes of the ecosystems of which it forms a part. Its objective is to understand how human societies conceive of, use and affect the environment, including biological, social, and cultural changes within it.

Human ecology research is fundamental to society because it leads to:

  • Understanding of the history and current condition of the society-environment relationship and of human populations.
  • Identification, design and testing of alternatives for improving living conditions in human populations.

The objective of the Human Ecology Masters program is to form qualified human ecology professionals who, with a critical and sensitive spirit, are able to confront and contribute to solving problems in the society/environment relationship.

Graduate Profile
Each graduate from this program will be able to identify and resolve human ecology problems as part of official organizations, non-governmental organizations, companies or communities or carry out research in human ecology and related areas.

Values and Attitudes
Graduates will develop values and attitudes such as:
Perception of the problems within the society-nature relationship.
A critical spirit for confronting human ecology problems.
Respect for biological and cultural diversity.
Consciousness of diversified and long-term natural resources use and the importance of promoting it.
The sensitivity and ability to identify, design and test actions aimed at improving living conditions in human populations.
Interest in and respect for interdisciplinary work and an understanding of diverse professional areas.

Study Program
The Masters program has been opened for new students on a biennial basis, 2000, 2002, 2004. Three sections are studied during the two-year program:
Theory-methodology, taken by all students

Enrollment requirements
1.- Curriculum vitae
2.- Undergraduate degree, minimum grade average of 8 (or equivalent)
3.- Take general knowledge and abilities diagnosis exam
4.- TOEFL or equivalent
5.- Statement of purpose
6.- Preliminary thesis proposal.


Required subjects

  • Human Biology

  • General Ecology

  • Sociocultural Ecology

  • Experimental and Statistical Design

  • Research Seminar (One per quarter)

  • Introduction to Environmental Problems

Specialized subjects

  • Auxology

  • Thematic Cartography Concepts and Automated Techniques

  • Regional Development and Sustainability Seminar

  • Rural Development

  • Cultural Ecology

  • Population Ecology

  • Epidemiology

  • Ethnoecology

  • Coastal Anthropology

  • Geography of Health

  • Participatory Research

  • Community Nutrition

  • Hydric Resource

  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Research.

  • Teaching of Human Ecology.

  • The Human Factor within the Rural Development


College of Professors
Eduardo Batllori Sampedro, Ph.D.
Erik Castañares Maddox, M.Sc.
Ma. Teresa Castillo Burguete, Ph.D.
Ma. Dolores Cervera Montejano, Ph.D.
Heriberto Cuanalo de la Cerda, Ph.D.
Federico H. Dickinson Bannack, Ph.D.
Betty Faust Wammack, Ph.D.
Ana García Silberman, Ph.D.
Salvador Montiel Ortega, Ph.D.
Prof Hab. Napoleón Wolañski, Ph.D.

Research Assistants
Luis Arias Reyes, Ph.D.
José Luis Febles Patrón, M.Sc.
Rosa Ma. Méndez González, MISS
Ernesto Ochoa Estrada, MSP
Rodolfo Olguín Castillo
Susana Pérez Medina, MA
Armando Rojas Castillo
Rocío Saide Albornoz, MA
Ligia Uc Vázquez
Graciela Valentín Sánchez
Ma. Dolores Viga de Alva, M.Sc.

Fabiola Echeverría Ramos.

Further Information

Dra. María Teresa Castillo Burguete
Academic Coordinator

Human Ecology Department

Antigua Carretera a Progreso Km. 6
97310 Mérida, Yucatán

Telephone +52 (999) 124-21-00 ext. 368
Fax +52 (999) 981-46-70

In Mexico City:
Lic. Alfredo Alejandre
Postgraduate Subdirector
Tel. +52 (55) 5061-3800 ext. 6611

Unidad Mérida Km. 6 Antigua carretera a Progreso Apdo. Postal 73, Cordemex, 97310, Mérida, Yuc., Méx.
Correo electrónico: Tels. (999) 124-21-00 Fax: (999) 981-29-23