I chose community health because I’d like to know more about why certain areas within the United States have a higher or lower frequency of certain illnesses and diseases. Also I’d like to know what is causing this fluctuation whether it’s because of the different types of people and their social and cultural values or because of the certain social restraints placed on them like inadequate school systems, lack of jobs or limited type of work available (e.g. a coal or iron mining town) or whether or not certain health related information is reaching these communities. I want to eventually get into forensic lab analysis or something along the lines of a forensic pathologist and I feel like having an understanding of these different aspects of daily social life can help me recognize something that I might overlook not necessarily crime related. A forensic pathologist is essentially an upgraded medical examiner able to write death certificates and if i’m aware why certain outbreaks are related to certain areas or similar types of areas (rural mining town) or why certain diseases are more susceptible among a certain type of people I feel like I can take that knowledge in while examining for evidence and rule out other possibilities based on what I know among different communities and their general health status.
Like I just said if I do get into the forensic work I am trying to I feel like taking the anthropological viewpoint can help in a number of ways. I wouldn’t say it would help me make clear cut choices or predetermined ideas while let’s say examining a crime scene but rather I could take the multidisciplinary anthropological viewpoint and rule out certain things en route to making the final decision about what happened but even more specific, why it happened.