W6 Reflection: Public Health

I believe the idea of public health as an area of applied medical anthropology is very much relevant to my everyday life and career choice. To begin, I am currently majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) with two specialization in BHS (Bioethics, Humanities, and Societies) and Health Promotion. After the completion of this degree I plan on attempting a master’s degree in Public Health as well. In addition to these two educational areas I also have an IDS cognate in Anthropology. The courses I have taken in anthropology have not broaden my perspectives on other cultures and their beliefs but also the global practices of medicine.

I selected the public health intersection because there are so many influential regions to explore when we consider universal healthcare and the efforts anthropologist have invested in this investigation. Applied medical anthropology requires scientists to look outside the normal standards of field research. By reviewing theories and methods there are able to first identify the issue then analyze how health experiences have shaped these outcomes. In my opinion the objective of Public Health is to promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention while remaining true to the ultimate goal of prolonged life or years in good health.

Eventually I plan to work in as a hospital administrator and a diverse cultural understanding will most certainly come in hand on many occasions. As an upcoming activist for public health and the issues that circulate within public health I believe and anthropological perspective is a very important one to have. I have taken prior course in medical anthropology as well as those in Bio-cultural anthropology and I honestly believe these prerequisites prepare you for future encounters but they will never compare to the real thing. The resources an experience anthropologist can provide with help contribute to our prior knowledge as well as assist in future endeavors.