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Health Care and Science is a community focused on improving lives by applying research and technology to fieldwork, clinical environments, lab functions, and a wide variety of other roles. Members of this community have a wide range of career interests that include caring for those who are ill, safety and health concerns of general populations, and the use of knowledge of science to make the world a better place.
There are worlds of opportunity for our health professions and science graduates in companies large and small and in both the public and private sectors. While students’ interest in these careers is often driven by a desire to help others, success requires meticulous planning and preparation—especially if you plan to attend graduate or professional school.
You are probably familiar with numerous medical or practitioner roles, such as physician, dentist, physical therapist, or veterinarian, and may have interests in global or public health. But are you aware of career options in biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, genome science, or science writing? Or how your interests in health and life sciences could intersect with careers in government, the creative sector, or innovation and entrepreneurship?
Meet with an advisor to begin designing a career development framework for charting your own pathway of investigation and exploration in various areas of science. Expand your thinking about how your skills, interests, strengths, and passions can find a career fit in the world of the health and sciences—imagine the possibilities!
Debbie Kaltman, Assistant Director, Employer Engagement,
*The Health Care and Science Career Community partners with the
Pre-Health Advising Office in the College of Science and Health to provides a cohesive experience for students interested in exploring clinical roles.
Career areas for students in this community include these categories:
Clinical professionals provide care across a variety of patient-facing roles. Clinical roles often have face-to-face contact with patients for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care. Some clinical professions are behind-the-scenes, such as laboratory professionals whose work supports diagnosis and treatment. Non-clinical work may support patient care, but the work does not provide direct diagnosis, treatment, or care for the patient. Clinical roles often require certification or licensing..
Health care is a business and, like every other business, it needs good management to keep it running smoothly. Health administration professionals are the business side of healthcare and their responsibilities include developing policy, coordinating and directing planning, maintaining an efficient and effective organizational structure, managing the organization’s assets, and analyzing the organization’s profitability and efficiency. A health care management career requires leadership skills, specialized knowledge of the health care industry, financial management, human resources, health care technology and informatics.
Health information professionals design and manage health information systems to ensure they meet medical, legal and ethical standards. Depending on their title or work setting, specific job responsibilities vary. Some typical responsibilities include the following: collecting and analyzing patient data, ensuring that patients’ medical records are complete and accurate, ensuring records are only available to those directly involved with a patient’s care, managing and maintaining databases, and designing, generating and analyzing reports for administrators and physicians.
The insurance industry offers a wide range of jobs including actuarial work, sales, surveying, claims handling and investigation, underwriting, risk management, investment management, and pensions management. Insurance companies also recruit for general management functions such as accountancy, marketing, management services and personnel.
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. From conducting scientific research to educating about health, people in the field of public health work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. That can mean vaccinating children and adults to prevent the spread of disease. Or educating people about the risks of alcohol and tobacco. Public health sets safety standards to protect workers and develops school nutrition programs to ensure kids have access to healthy food. 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. The many facets of public health include speaking out for laws that promote smoke-free indoor air and seatbelts, spreading the word about ways to stay healthy and giving science-based solutions to problems.
The global wellness industry is a $3.4 trillion market, or 3.4 times larger than the worldwide pharmaceutical industry. This includes many different categories such as: workplace wellness, fitness, health education, recreation and leisure, alternative medicine, and organic beauty.
Environmental science is a holistic and multidisciplinary field that integrates the biological, physical, and earth sciences. Its goal is to understand how earth works and how it supports life. It also aims to identify, control, and prevent disruption to its systems and species caused by human activity. Environmental scientists use their knowledge of earth's systems to protect the environment and human health. Energy focused careers might involve transportation, green energy, energy trading, construction, regulation, and design..
Professionals in this field utilize advancements in science and technology to augment treatment and diagnostic capabilities in health care. Research and Development encompasses a broad spectrum of health care careers, which lay the foundation for which an effective health care system is made possible. If you want to play a role in developing the latest advancements in health care, whether it be through science, research and development, biotechnology discoveries, or both, there is a career in this pathway waiting for you. Examples of jobs in this sector include, but are not limited to, biomedical engineers, biomedical chemists, lab technicians, biostatician, toxicologists, and pharmaceutical scientists.
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