According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems. I picked the intersection of these two fields because Epidemiology is something that I have been interested in for a long time. I am currently in the undergraduate program here at Michigan State and this summer I had my first experience with Epidemiological research that I shall continue in the fall. I think that Epidemiology is an interesting field because it in itself is an interdisciplinary field and then combining the viewpoint of an medical anthropologist add an additional layer of understanding the group one is studying. Taking into account medical anthropology will cause you to think more about the culture of the area. Because often Epidemiologist find themselves asking why do we see the distribution that we have. It will be difficult to understand why people are still be infected with cholera in a small village. That is until you realize that the people of the village believe that the fluorine and chlorine compounds you provided to clean the water are seen as toxins and therefore they do not add them to the water source. It is the job of the anthropologist to learn more about the culture so that the team can come up with other methods of providing safe sustainable drinking water for the village without offending them. Another great example would be from the youtube video in this week’s lesson. It is a recording made by a medical anthropologist who mentions some of the possible ways of applying medical anthropology. The one I found very interesting was the women who of the village who during their period where been essential kicked out during those few days. This might they did not have access to things that others in the village had like water, food, and other resources. So when they starting giving women the IUD devices to decrease the rate of pregnancy they we causing the women to be isolated from the village for a longer period of time which is not going to be helpful when you think about the fact that many of the women have quite a few children to care for. This is a great example of where the anthropologist taking the time not only to learn the language but the culture and why they do the things they do can come in handy. It will allow for a level of care that may not be high but may end up being a program that individuals will follow because it goes along with their beliefs.