I chose Public Health because health is not only treating the physical ailments of the body but it is also healthy behaviors and practices that can prevent illness and prolong life. Public Health “works to track disease outbreaks, prevent injuries and shed light on why some of us are more likely to suffer from poor health than others.”  As I personally do not plan to enter the medical field but enjoy working with people and helping others, I find Public Health to be a valuable and good preventive tool within society that promotes overall health and safety and aligns closely to my desire to see a safe and happy community.
Taking an anthropological viewpoint fits nicely within the field of Public Health, as they are working within the community to educate about disease and illness and help to provide a well-balanced lifestyle. Public Health professionals help to bridge the gap between people and the medical field, making medicine more understandable and applicable to their lives. They also help the medical field understand the cultural demands of the patients that may be different or unique. It seems that anthropology has a place in almost any field. Understanding people and how society interacts with them and impacts their lives is critical to being able to provide effective and efficient medical treatment while being respectful and understanding of sociocultural differences. As we discussed previously, biomedical anthropology is a culturally constructed being, and anthropology is a fantastic way to not only be aware of this societal institution but to bridge the gap created between the layman and the professional. As Jessica stated in Lecture 6.1, “anthropologist are able to culturally contextualize these health programs and determine what the potential barriers to their success could be.”  They have training in interdisciplinary methods and are able to bridge the gap between two groups of people.
 “What Is Public Health?” What Is Public Health? Accessed August 14, 2016. https://www.apha.org/what-is-public-health.
 Jessica Ott, “Week 6: Lecture 1”, http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp204-us16/lecture-videos/week-6-lecture-1/.
Campbell, Dave. “Anthropology’s Contribution to Public Health Policy Development.” McGill Journal of Medicine, 76th ser., 13, no. 1 (June 2011). Accessed August 14, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3277334/.