The area of medical anthropology that I find most interesting is the epidemiology section. Epidemiology is a very interesting study as it combines aspects of anthropology and statistics to trace patterns of health, different causes, and the effects of diseases in different populations. I plan to become a healthcare administrator and the knowledge that I have acquired form this course has definitely opened my eyes to the different cultural and socioeconomic factors that go into medicine. If I were to work for an epidemiologist I would be able to apply the different anthropologic approaches that we have learned in this course to provide a better understanding for the pattern or cause of a certain disease. For example if we were to look at HIV and AIDS in Malawi, an epidemiologist can collect quantitative data to predict future trends of the disease and possible outcomes. Looking at this situation from an anthropological stand point, we can assess their culture and traditions to gain a better understanding of their cultural background. We have to analyze what kinds of food they eat, what resources are available to them, and what their social standard norms are. From this, we can learn what kind of personal hygiene they follow and certain diet and nutritional information. We also need to consider their socioeconomic background. Do they come from a poverty stricken area or are they living in a well off neighborhood? The prevalence of HIV and AIDS can be significantly higher in regions of poverty. This is because the population does not have the adequate resources to inform them about ways to help prevent such diseases. They will continue doing what they normally do without knowing the possible consequences which will lead to higher numbers of HIV and AIDS within that population that may spread to other populations.