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What can I do with a Healthcare Science degree?

  • Healthcare Alvernia

There’s no simple answer. We designed our Healthcare Science bachelor’s degree with the thought that students who were interested in the healthcare industry could choose a path they were interested in. And while that’s true, here are a couple specializations that may help the undecided.

Medical Assistant

Whether it’s in the front of the office or behind the scenes, a routine visit to the doctor is really a visit with an entire team — including a growing number of medical assistants. Medical assistants are likely the first and last faces you see during any medical appointment, either in your doctors’ offices or at a larger medical organization. The job is a mix of traditional office work — like manning the front desk, answering phones, and filing insurance forms — as well as hands-on tasks including checking vital signs, drawing blood, sterilizing surgical equipment, and making sure medical histories are accurately recorded. More-specialized roles for medical assistants include working in the eye-care field assisting ophthalmologists or optometrists, conducting basic vision tests, or helping patients learn to insert, remove, and care for contact lenses.

For more information about ‘medical assistant’ careers please visit: http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/medical-assistant

Healthcare Administration

Health administrators are leaders. They head up hospitals, physician group practices, nursing homes and home health agencies.

Healthcare managers, also known as health services managers and health administrators, direct the operation of hospitals, health systems and other types of organizations.  They have responsibility for facilities, services, programs, staff, budgets, relations with other organizations and other management functions, depending on the type and size of the organization.

For more information about ‘healthcare administration’ careers please visit: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career/56/Health_Administrator

Health Education

Health educators work in healthcare facilities like hospitals and nursing homes. They work with students in elementary, middle and high schools as well as colleges. They are employed by businesses and organizations that strive to promote healthy lifestyles.

Many people in the communities health educators serve work during the day, Monday through Friday. The only way to reach those people and increase their attendance at workshops and programs is to hold them on evenings and weekends. This means health educators sometimes have to work during those times.

For more information about ‘health education’ careers please visit: http://careerplanning.about.com/od/exploringoccupations/p/health-educator.htm

Health Informatics

“The job market for health informatics people is absolutely out of sight,” exclaims Merida Johns, founding director of the graduate program in health informatics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. And it’s no surprise: Hospitals, insurers, and regional collaboratives are switching to electronic medical records. Nurses and doctors, urged to do more evidence-based medicine, are using computerized expert systems to guide their diagnoses and treatment recommendations. Healthcare providers also are collecting more data to evaluate quality of care.

Health informatics is an umbrella term for a range of careers. Not surprisingly, there are many opportunities for techies, but ample options exist for people persons. For example, as a health information systems analyst, you speak with physicians, nurses, and others to identify their needs and develop a blueprint to hand to the programmers for implementation.

For more information about ‘health education’ careers please visit: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2008/12/11/ahead-of-the-curve-health-informatics-specialist-2009

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