I chose to look into public health because it most closely relates to my future career. I wish to purse a career in medicine so public health is the main priority in my mind. Public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” As a doctor, looking at public health from an anthropological viewpoint would be extremely advantageous and would be very beneficial for both the patients and myself. Understanding people and their backgrounds makes dealing with an illness much easier and efficient. As a doctor, you have to provide care, but it is important to view illness in the same way the patient does. Using an anthropological approach to public health is important because you cannot just impose a method of treatment if the general population of the area does not accept it. There are many cultural practices that influence healthcare and each culture has different practices. In America, our diet and exercise routine is currently being criticized and it is important for healthcare professionals to educate children and adults, alike, about what is detrimental to their health. An important example of this relationship is conveyed in the Tribal Jazzman video that was posted this week. The creator of the video talks about how helping underprivileged countries/areas can be counterproductive because we do not understand the needs and wants of an area (based on their cultural beliefs). He provided a shower to a family and he thought that they needed it because they expressed a want from it. He found that when he came back they used the shower for parts because they needed it. It was an important example of difference in cultural beliefs, because they did something that is considered counterintuitive to most people in American culture. I feel that, as a doctor, using an anthropological approach is pertinent for understanding how cultural factors impact a patient’s illness and using it can help a treatment.