Importance Of Career In Anthropology

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What if we lived in a world where health and healthcare disparities no longer existed? I use to always say that my ultimate goal was to become a doctor. I have always been interested in working in the health field and possessed an even bigger passion to help and work with other people and communities in the process. I thought to myself, there is no better way help others than to heal and treat them. It wasn 't until I learned about the public health field my first year of college that I realized what it truly takes and means to improve the health of others. I soon realized that a career in public health was my ultimate goal because it not only meant I had the opportunity to promote the health of others but it also allows me to do it in way …show more content…
My desire to work in the public health field has been reinforced by my academic background. As an Anthropology major, I became well aware of the importance of building and applying knowledge through a multidisciplinary and holistic approach. Although Anthropology encompasses four subfields, I was particularly interested in Cultural Anthropology because of its focus on people as well as on their cultural and social environment. My junior year of college I took an applied anthropology course. It was in this class that I learned how the unique perspective and theories of anthropologist I have learned about could specifically contribute to my career and to the field of public health at large. The multidisciplinary approach used in Anthropology is also significant in the public health field. It is this approach that drew my attention to a career in public health. In order to address the issues facing individuals and communities it is important to not only treat illnesses and diseases but also to prevent …show more content…
Throughout my college career, I began to develop a passion for community organizing and implementing programs as I became involved with campus clubs. I also became increasingly interested in matters dealing with equality specifically within health and health care. Disparities present in both health quality and access present both here and abroad became a great concern of mine. I decided that with a career in public health these would be the most important topics I would focus on. Fall semester of senior year I worked on a semester long independent study project where I researched about these disparities specifically in minority populations in order to gain a more in depth understanding and scope of current conditions. Although I was aware of the health disparities present in today’s health care, I wasn’t aware to what extent. Learning about these issues further reinforced my desire to work and develop a career in community health where I can help to alleviate these problems among the most underrepresented communities and populations in our country. As a minority, the subpar health conditions of other minorities became a personal issue of mine that I wanted to tackle later on in my

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