I chose to write about public health because it is an area of applied medical anthropology that I myself have considered getting a master’s degree in. I’ve been interested in pursuing a career in the medical field ever since I first started thinking about long term career goals, so when I had to make a decision public health was definitely a big consideration. There is so much one can do with a degree in public health. The issue of public health is an important one. Healthcare is more than just going to the doctors and getting prescribed a medication. It is giving patients the knowledge that they need in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. Public health deals not only with curing people and ridding them of their illnesses, but also to prevent diseases and sickness in the first place. I really like the idea of helping not just one patient, but a large group of people at once, educating them to live healthier, and therefore happier, lives. It is important for the people involved in public health to help people change their habits and lifestyles, to prevent things such as the obesity epidemic we are seeing take place in the United States. It is amazing how many cultural aspects one needs to consider when pursuing a career in public health. For example, our culture is very much used to taking pills in order to cure their sickness, but other cultures are unfamiliar with that kind of medication. One needs to take into account the cultures, lifestyles, religious beliefs, and more when trying to educate and help people of different cultures. Other cultures may be very hesitant to our type of western biomedicine because it is not what they are accustomed to. In order to effectively impact the people you are trying to help, someone in the public heath field must first find the cause of the problem, and then be sure to accommodate whoever it is they are helping, according to their own morals and beliefs.