Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Health Science is exactly what it sounds like—it’s the application of science for health purposes. There are a wide variety of subsets within health science, common ones being neurology, pediatrics, acupuncture, physical therapy, oncology, and nutrition. There are also two sides to this area of study: research and application. Many health science majors plan to take on clinician roles such as becoming a physician, which require postgraduate education.

Studying health science doesn’t have to directly result in working at a medical facility or research center. Keep in mind that there are other facets to this industry and the need for artists and writers with medical knowledge is significant. Anatomical drawings and healthcare instructions are invaluable. Computer science can be applied to the databases hospitals use, while medical ethics is always a great option for philosophy majors.

Associate Level

This 2-year program will offer an introductory curriculum to biology and chemistry, public health, medical ethics, and anatomy and physiology. You can also focus on a specific aspect of health science, such as administration, and begin work immediately upon graduation. Entry level positions are open in most fields with an associate’s, however.

Positions available after completing an associate’s in health science include: Medical Record Administrator, Medical Secretary/Clerical Worker, Histological Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Human Services, Dental Assistant, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist/Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Radiation Therapist, Radiographer, Respiratory Therapist/Technician, Cardiovascular Technology, Electroencephalograph (EEG) Technician, Optician/Ophthalmic Dispenser, Optometric Assistant.

Baccalaureate

In a 4-year health science baccalaureate program, you can expect to delve deeper into the same subjects as an associate’s, but with much more depth. Curriculum will also include medical terminology, epidemiology, and issues in contemporary healthcare, as well. One of the largest perks of opting for a baccalaureate over the associate’s is the access to laboratory facilities, meaning that research options will be more available.

Career paths with a bachelor’s degree include: Community Health Organizer, Health Educator, Patient Educator, Cardiovascular technician, Anesthesia Technician, Registered Health Information Technician, Surgical Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant. Cytotechnologist, Specialist in Blood Bank Technology, Biomedical Photographer, Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Dental Hygienist, Dietetic Technician, Dietitian, Organ Transplant Coordinator, Funeral Director, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Sonographer, Exercise Scientist, Music Therapist, Prosthetics, Orthotics, Perfusionist, Athletic Trainer. Salaries vary widely at this level and are anywhere between $34,000 and $84,000, depending on field and program.

Master Level

The master’s level of education in health sciences (MHS) will likely give you the authority to hold a therapy position, such as an occupational or physical therapist. Master’s degrees in health science can typically be completed in two years and often result in higher salaries within the industry. The curriculum will focus heavily on a specified concentration, some of which include: healthcare risk management, clinical research, generalist, healthcare promotion and education, biostatistics, mental health, immunology, healthcare leadership, sports medicine, healthcare policy, reproductive biology, microbiology, and epidemiology.

Career paths after obtaining a master’s in health science are wide and varied. If a medical degree is the goal, applying to medical school would be next. Options with a master’s include: working in public health or health policy, maternal or child health, informatics, becoming a Health Educator or Health Services Manager, a Health Sciences Writer or Librarian, or a Biomedical Illustrator, or work in Healthcare Administration or Environmental Health. You can also consider positions such as: Speech/Language Pathologist, Holistic Therapist, Drama Therapist, Dance/Movement Therapist, Audiologist, Art Therapist, Toxicologist, Nurse Anesthetist, Clinical Social Worker.

Doctoral Level

The Doctor of Health Sciences degree, D.H.Sc., is specifically for teaching and leadership positions within the field. This relatively recent degree (first introduced in 2000) is designed to prepare practitioners and administrators to implement solutions to health care issues. It retains that primary goal today.

Career paths for graduates with a D.H.Sc. include: Health Specialties Educator, Clinical Researcher, Medical and Health Service Manager, Biostatician, Psychologist.

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Colleges

“…Columbia University is extremely challenging and therefore extremely rewarding. It does not allow you room to be average or mediocre because it encourages excellence. CU will show you what you are made of.” – Krizia from Fort Bragg, NC

“…The University of Michigan is truly an incredible place with incredible people. There is a lot of school pride about both academics and athletics, and although the academics are challenging, there is a good combination of studying and fun. I would...” – Sarah from Troy, MI

“…Boston University is an elite university that is constantly improving. It is a very expensive college but has a lot of resources for its students. Students who wish to attend should be somewhat independent and not afraid to take full advantage of the...” – Daniel from Staten Island, NY

“…Purdue is basically a land of opportunity; you get out of it what you put in, and much, much more. More majors and minors than you can imagine, even more clubs and organizations--something for everyone! I love this school and campus to the bottom of...” – Marie from Goose Creek, SC

“…new york university is an academically strenuous and challenging school in the heart of downtown new york city. the campus is new york city, with lots of grand old buildings, mainly centered around washington square park. each of their programs are...” – Isabella from Los Angeles, CA

“…USC is the place for opportunities. You are not only paying for a great education, but also connections and resume builders that will help you get where you want in life. USC is a school for leaders and overachievers. ” – Madison from Los Angeles, CA

“…Penn students are defined by their passion, even if it is undefined upon entering freshman year. Classes are so difficult that you have to experience them to understand, but the sense of accomplishment that comes with mastery over them is liberating...” – Josh from Dayville, CT

“…Ohio State is it's own small world. Once you get involved, which is a must, you cannot walk across campus without seeing someone you know. From academics to sports, Ohio State is an excellent school with long standing tradition. ” – Amarilis from Newbury, OH

“…In a fast pace quarter system it's easy to fall apart, UCD is very well organized and everything is easy to obtain. They want you to graduate, this campus is large and friendly, you get use to the bikers flying by! ” – Danielle from Napa, CA

“…Clemson has a beautiful campus, and has so many things to offer its students. Clemson also has a staff that is always willing to help its students. Most of all, Clemson makes you feel at home and the bond between fellow students and faculty members...” – Kristen from Latta, SC

“…ohio university deserves a 10 out of 10! the campus and atmosphere here is remarkable. the teachers really want you to succeed and so do your peers.” – Amy from Newark, OH

“…Settled in the middle of Pittsburgh, students learn in one of the best, most interesting, and understated cities in the country. Pitt has it all with beautiful academic buildings, an abundance of interesting classes, and sports teams unifying the...” – Debra from Harrington Park, NJ

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

“…bc is a great university that is geared for all types of students. it is a liberal arts university with schools in business, nursings, arts and sciences, and education. everyone at bc is friendly and outgoing, and it is a great choice for a college...” – Anonymous from Chestnut Hill, MA

“…uva is a great school with lots of history, traditions and spirit. life on grounds is rigorous but engaging. the area surrounding charlottesville is very nice.” – Sidney from Charlottesville, VA

“…Johns Hopkins offers rigorous academics and research opportunities, and caters to a wide variety of academic interests. The smaller size of the school makes it feel like a home and connects you to the rest of your peers. There is a sense of unity...” – Vanessa from Thousand Oaks, CA

“…this school is very different because it gives you a new environment. you are surrounded with more opportunities in part time jobs or actual careers once you graduate. you will never be bored at this school because there are a lot of things to do.” – Katherine from Buford, GA

“…U of Iowa is an institution that invites young minds to grow and develop with the help of highly educated leaders. Family values are important within the administration and add value to the environment within the grounds of the university. Service is...” – Eric from Pingrey Grove, IL

“…George Mason University is very diverse. The classes and professors are also very helpful in class and throughout the application process. The school is also very, very welcoming and makes you have a sense of belonging. ” – LISA from Falls Church, VA

“…By far the most diverse private school I've ever encountered, I love it. Staff is always easily approachable! Extremely worth every cent I pay. ” – Cynthia from Chicago, IL

“…Rutgers University-New Brunswick has been all that I expected in a University and more. It has provided me with many different opportunities such as research and volunteer opportunities to gain experience in my field of interest while attending...” – Francesca from New Brunswick, NJ

“…George Washington is the only place I'd want to be. There's no other college in the world that is just a few steps from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. GW is a large school, with a diverse student body who all come together for fun events...” – Meredith from Marlton, NJ

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“…The University of Tennessee is a very large and diverse campus where there are plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus. It is listed as one of the top ranking research institutions in the region and is highly ranked among the nation. UTK is...” – Isa from Chattanooga, TN

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“…Stony Brook University affords one the opportunity to achieve goals they never thought possible. You will be pushed and tested but it is for your benefit in the future. For the price of the school, the amount you will learn about life, relationships...” – Ashley from Amityville, NY

“…Dartmouth Creates a welcoming atmosphere during orientation and then, unlike other schools, mantains it. Administration is approachable due to the small size. The students are accepting and encouraging of one another.” – Big Green!

“…University of Delaware is amazing, it instantly became home to me. Residence living is fun and offers a lot, professors are approachable and easy to understand, and the campus is a perfect size. I love the look of the campus also, the long greens and...” – Tara from Mount Laurel, NJ

“…I don't know what I love more, this school or this city! You get to experience New Orleans, but live in the nicer area! I really feel as though I am receiving a first-rate education!” – Alyssa from Clermont, FL

“…i love this school, especially because it's located in the heart of portland. it's a university filled with so much diversity. it's also a beautiful campus that makes you feel safe almost 100% of the time.” – Marilynn from Winnemucca, NV

“…This is a really fantastic school, although it's a tad expensive. Teachers are all very qualified and challenge you to independently work, and think(however they are more than happy to help). ” – Nicholas from Palm Coast, FL

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“…i am a transfer to this college and i have to say that it is amazing. hunter college has hundreds of courses you can choose from, a nice environment, wonderful people and everyone is extremely helpful.i would recommend anyone to attend this school” – Aisha from Bronx, NY

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“…Washington University, called WashU by most of the students, is an incredible academic institution that takes pride in its strong departments across the board and heavy academic rigor, and a student body that values cooperation over competition....” – Avishek from India

“…loyola has a gorgeous campus,, and is in a quiet, diverse area of a great city. being a relatively expensive, private institution, however, means that the make-up of the university is not nearly as diverse. the small size and great reputation will...” – Jason from Chicago, IL

“…Wayne state has turned out to be a great opportunity for me and has opened doors in several areas of life. Not only do they offer great curriculum and teachers, the student connections there are potentially limitless. I would recommend Wayne state...” – Reggie from Detroit, MI

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“…grand valley is a great school, it is very easy to get connected and find a community. the professors are awesome and want to help you succeed and find your purpose in life. they offer lots of extra curricular activities to keep you involved, in...” – Rachel from Ionia, MI

“…Xavier is a private institution with a strong Jesuit focus. Xavier always has a welcoming atmosphere that makes campus immediately feel like home. The professors on campus are eager to teach and always make class interesting and engaging. ” – Kathleen from IL

“…This school requires a good amount of studying and focus, plus you'll be walking quite a bit from class to class. It has a laid back atmosphere, and the teachers are helpful. It's a very good value for the price. ” – Paul from Long Beach, CA

“…TSU is an great school, full of educational opportunities, networking, and fun. You will become apart of the family. It is vital to stay on top of your work and paperwork at Tennessee State University. ” – Mikayla Austin from Cincinnati, OH

“…UNCW is a beautiful and asthetically pleasing campus that I have called home for the past year. The professors are knowledgeable and extremely helpful as well as the RAs and people in power. Also being so close to the beach is a huge plus.” – Allison from Raleigh, NC

“…The university is very clean and a small campus. Not very diverse, predominantly white. There isn't a whole lot going on, but you find things to do.” – Sara from Farmington Hills, MI

“…Quinnipiac has a beautiful campus right across from Sleeping Giant state park; no matter what season it is the campus is stunning. The class sizes are nice and small so it is easier to learn in the classroom. The professors are amazing and try to...” – Susan from North Andover, MA

Oakland University
Rochester Hills, MI

“…Oakland University is an involved and exciting school with so much to offer students. A place to learn and explore many options of career choices. A place to meet life long friends. ” – Yewande from Warren, MI

“…salisbury has a vibrant campus, friendly people, and great food. the sports teams are outstanding, and even though its a division 3 school, we have an incredible amount of talent, especially in lacrosse. also, it's only a 45 minute drive from ocean...” – Damian from Silver Spring, MD

“…Very Military Friendly school. The faculty and staff are very helpful and knowledgable. Very cost effective for those on a limited budget.” – Alexander from Fayetteville, NC

“…The campus is one of the most efficient in terms of class schedules and use of classroom space. The atmosphere is fast paced and exciting lying in the heart of downtown Denver. I enjoy being on campus everyday with the opportunity to explore the city...” – Courtney from Parker, CO

“…Arkansas State University is a well rounded college for those who seek a start in their career. It can be the beginning of a long and wonderful education, and it can serve as the end of ones educational goals all at the same time. Whether you're...” – Ryan from Highland, AR

“…i love this college. it is full of so many opportunities, and is located in the best area.” – Michael from Schenevus, NY

“…The University of Mississippi is rich in tradition and academic opportunities. However they also know how to have fun which is evident on game days and in greek life. Most importantly, they have many resources to help you find a career after college.” – Current Out of State Freshman

“…i knew from the moment that i took a tour of this amazing university, that i wanted to attend this specific school. it is a great school for people of all ages and all religion back grounds. however, it is an amazing and great school for young adults...” – Brittni from Los Angeles, CA

“…I love this school. I couldn't ask for a better place to be. The staff is all wonderful, most of the students I can easily get along with, and the landscape is beautiful.” – Anonymous

“…slu is a beautiful campus in the heart of mid-town st. louis, mo. slu offers a wide variety of courses to chose from. the staff are all very accessible and want to see you succeed. ” – Amy from Granite City, IL

“…SMU is a small university in a big city. The beautiful campus is a welcoming place for students who want to get involved and meet people from around the country and world. SMU offers endless ways to get involved and Dallas is the perfect city for...” – Paige from Edmond, OK

“…Bowling Geen Stae University is a very diverse campus. I admire it because the faculty and staff reach out to the students because they genuinely care about them. I honestly feel like BGSU has so many different opportunities for students to network...” – Brandii from Detroit, MI

“…Boise State University is a beautiful school. It is very socialized with tons of campus activities such as sports. I enjoy going to school here as well as living in the dorm on campus.” – Yonsoo from Boise, ID

“…I love the atmosphere here at UNI. The students are amazing and the professors are always there to help. The class sizes are perfect for someone who is looking for a college that has a lot going on but isn't too big.” – Christina from Cedar Falls, IA

“…bradley gives a well-rounded education. the campus is beautiful and everything is easily accessible. the students, faculty, staff, and professors are nice and always willing to give a helping hand.” – Megan from Lake Zurich, IL

“…Tarleton State University is a well rounded 4 year university. It offers an experience that most other Colleges cannot. tarletons most unique feature is the fact that it is in the middle of a small cowboy run town.” – dustin from Stephenville, TX

“…Cleveland State is a wonderful college. Engineering and Business is there specialty. At Cleveland State you will meet many people and be eligible for an excessive number of scholarships.” – Unknow From Cleveland, OH

“…widener is filled with friendly students and an even friendlier faculty. the sports teams, both athletes and coaches, are dedicated and hard working. the course load is tough yet manageable, depending of course on your major.” – Victoria from Delran, NJ

“…Furman is exciting, but rigorous academically, but you can be successful if you are organized and willing to get help. Furman will give you a network and lifelong friends. It will also give you amazing study skills and prepare you for the future.” – Perry from Mauldin, SC

King's College
Wilkes Barre, PA

“…If you don't want to be just a number, instead you want to have a name and a say then King's is great for you. King's has a small campus where your professors know you by name and you can have one on one time with them for help and any questions you...” – Jacqueline from Riverhead, NY

“…California State University of San Bernardino was an excellent choice for me. I went there for 5 years and even got to explore another campus while still being a CSUSB student with their National Student Exchange program. The professors there are...” – Corri from Provo, UT

“…great college! everyone here is so nice and accommodating! they really want to see you succeed. you want to be right on top of everything and if you feel something is not getting done fast enough then jut make a call and they will see whats taking so...” – Katie from Kaneohe, HI

“…samford is a great place to learn in a christian environment. there is a great student to faculty ratio, giving students plenty of opportunity to seek individual help. the faculty are warm and inviting, and always willing to help students improve...” – Megan

“…St. John's University is an amazing school. Not only is the campus amazing but the people are great as well. You will feel more than at home here.” – Jessica from Elmhurst, NY

“…UB is essentially a diverse small friendly community providing a great atmosphere with much to benefit and learn from. The programs as well as courses satisfy my academic endeavor for the pursuit of knowledge. Living on campus is an individualistic...” – Brian from Yonkers, NY

“…The U of M has exceptional opportunities for those undergraduates who want to pursue research. The campus has a very diverse population with students coming from all over the world. The classes are difficult, but numerous sources of help are...” – Staci from MN

“…Gannon University has many good academic programs along with a variety of groups and organizations to be apart of. It helps to become a well rounded student because you are exposed to many different opportunities. Class sizes are perfect and you...” – Hannah from Corry, PA

“…benedictine university is a great institution for students facing adversity. the faculty, staff and students all work together to provide a great community. at benedictine university everyone is someone you should know.” – Shaccira from Lisle, IL

“…St. Joe's is a school where you can never say there is nothing to do. With challenging school work and ways to get involved you can always keep yourself busy. There is a place for everyone here. ” – Rosie

“…on a 1 to 10 i rate oru a 10. it is truly a fine university academically, athletically, and spiritually. it is an honor to say i attend oru!” – Michael from North Carolina

“…admissions was a pain but the faculty is great. i love the satelite campus option so i don't have to drive and hour to school everyday. and the flex scheduling is great.” – Karen from Hinesville, GA

“…Awesome staff/teachers/workers, number 2 in the country for travel abroad, 100% of students complete professional internships! AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!” – Alexis from Durham, NC

“…NYIT has two campuses in New York. I enthusiastically attend the Manhattan Campus. The location in incredible and curriculum is challenging.” – lee martin from Belmar,, NJ

Indiana Tech
Fort Wayne, IN

“…great online study program for my major. independent study allows me to study around my schedule. wonderful people to answer questions and help with any difficult situation (application, financial aid, transfers, ect).” – Erika from Bryan, OH

“…best experience ever!” – Jessica from Kernersville, NC

Merrimack College
North Andover, MA

“…Merrimack is a small catholic campus. Everyone seems to want you to feel welcome. ” – I'm applying to Merrimack

“…i love the university of findlay because of the small campus atmosphere. teachers and staff are always willing to talk to and help you with whatever you may need. classes are exciting and fun because the small class sizes allow for hands-on...” – Kristen from Richmond, IN

“…Brockport is a small-town community for the entire world. From our international studies program, to our residential life, to our classroom, Brockport provided me with a taste of everything that I wanted in the world. Come to Brockport if you want a...” – Brianna from North Tonawanda, NY

“…Regis College is a small private college that is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential in and outside of the classroom. Professors are enthusiastic about learning and building relationships with the Regis community and our dear...” – Brianna from Framingham, MA

“…Elizabethtown College is a school that feels like home. There are so many ways to get involved and meet people on campus that there is never a dull moment. I love Elizabethtown because of the excellent academics, wonderful fellow peers and staff...” – Elise from Aberdeen, MD

“…Marywood isn't just a school, it's a community. It's a little old school in the rules, like no members of the opposite sex spending the night, but I think that just makes it more like home. ” – Katelynn from Reading, PA

“…lindenwood is challenging. lindenwood is enjoyable. lindenwood is rewarding.” – Erich from Foristell, MO

“…The school is a wonderful place to attend. You have a lot to do on campus.” – Coty from Unicoi, TN

“…a well laid out campus with decent parking and very knowledgeable professors. many are easy to approach and decent food.” – Jeremy from Hubbard, OH

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“…National University is a great opportunity for me, as a military spouse living overseas, to achieve my goal in receiving my degree. The advisor that I have been conversing with has been a great help and answers all of my questions. Everyone at...” – Acacia from APO, AE

Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY

“…molloy college is an intriguing college. it's small yet close-knit and friendly. molloy college is where you go to start something. ” – Elana from Brooklyn, NY

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“…Maryville College is a beautiful, historical college; every building tells a different story. You learn so much in your four years here and you graduate knowing all your professors, and some you didn't even have, on a personal level. Beware though:...” – Ravyn from Knoxville, TN

Messiah College
Mechanicsburg, PA

“…I love Messiah college! It is a fantastic school focused on building relationships and academics. You are free to express your views as a Christian on campus, allowing your faith to grow. ” – Carly from Mechanicsburg, PA

“…the university of maryland-baltimore county is a small, public university just outside of the city of baltimore. umbc strives to create well rounded students through a core curriculumn which includes arts and humanities, history, mathematics, foreign...” – Daniel from Bowie, MD

“…I love Curry College. It provides me with the means for success and adventure. I would recommend anyone to come to this small community.” – Em21261 from Foxboro, MA

“…saginaw valley has great cafeteria food. there are a lot of activities on campus that you can enjoy. they are also located near shopping centers and a bus line to get you back and forth. ” – Dominique from Saginaw, MI

“…I have been a student a Life University for three quarters so far, and the experience has been unbelievable! The vitalistic approach to life here on campus is so refreshing and inspiring as I continue to head towards my goal, Chiropractic! The campus...” – Lisa from Marietta, GA