Epidemiology is the branch of medicine that is used to find the causes of various health problems and diseases in populations; using both the patient and the community to diagnose and treat the root problems of a disease. 
I picked this intersection as if I were to become a doctor, I would like to become an Infectious Diseases Specialist, and infectious disease and epidemiology are often correlated. It saddens me that in this day in age, there are people out there who do not have access to vaccinations that could potentially save their life. There is such a huge disparity in the treatment of certain diseases in first world versus third world nations, and I believe that by understanding epidemiology more, scientists and medical professionals will find ways to make vaccinations and treatments more available to those that need them,
The article by Linda Poon is a perfect example of how an anthropological viewpoint can help medical situations. As the article says, “Understanding local customs — and fears — can go a long way in getting communities to cooperate with international health care workers.” Even if doctors have a cure, it does not help if the local communities are too scared to see them. Anthropologists extensively study, and even live in, different cultures so that they can learn the customs and traditions of different people across the world. For example, in sub-Saharan Africa, the locals often believe sorcery to be the cause of a quick death. A medical professional going in might not know about this superstition. An anthropologist might know that Ebola was seen as a gemo that killed people for not honoring the Gods. The anthropologist would be able to tell this to the medical team, and help devise a way to get the locals to trust them, instead of thinking that they were a “body part” team trying to separate them from their loved ones.
Anthropologists, in my opinion, are more connected with people than medical professionals, and their viewpoint is vital in epidemiology as they know how different things affect different people from different cultures. What may work on the Chinese may not work on the Libyans, and what works on the Spanish might not work on the Azerbaijanis. While medical professionals should technically know how medications affect everyone in the world, I do believe that the immersion makes anthropologists more knowledgeable.
 CDC. “What is Epidemiology?.” Accessed August 12, 2016.
 Poon, Linda. “Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team.” NPR. Accessed August 12, 2016.