The healthcare industry is one of the largest and most important industries in the world. This area of study focuses on the prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the protection and improvement of the health of others through services offered by the medical, dental, nursing, and health service professions. 


This industry is particularly vital to everyone and because of this there are several levels of education that are needed to keep the healthcare system running smoothly. Though most individuals who pursue careers in the healthcare industry hold advanced degrees, gaining experience before you decide to go into the healthcare industry could help you better determine if it is the right career for you.

 

In the International Context

The opportunities to work internationally in public health are numerous. Organizations like the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Family Health International work around the world to increase equal access to health care, provide technical support to local health care practitioners and public health professionals, develop health standards and norms, and develop programs for improve the overall health of the global community. By getting a degree in an area of health services you develop the skills necessary to work internationally, which could have you working in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of cholera or working with local officials in India to develop local educational outreach programs about water sanitation.

 

Medical Practice

Doctors, and nurses for that matter, are the frontline defense against disease and illness and work to ensure that people are healthy. They diagnose and treat diseases and injuries and are the applied practice of medical science.

 

Job Opportunities in the Field

This industry provides a wide variety of careers that are usually quite good and in high demand. Thus, as the population in the US and abroad ages, the demand for medical assistance and services will increase. Aside from working in the administrative aspect of the field, there are a number of other opportunities. Some of these include patient care services, performance evaluation, community services, research, and project management.

 

Health Services

An advanced degree in health services is intended to prepare future health practitioners, managers, and researchers to conduct the never-ending work of improving the wellbeing of communities in the US and throughout the world. People who are interested in health services and administration pursue careers that are not only necessary and in high demand but that are also exciting and rewarding. The health care is one of the biggest and most needed industries in the world and hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities have to be administered responsibly and in financially sound ways. Administrators and hospital management direct and supervise hospitals, outpatient clinics, hospices, and drug-abuse treatment centers.

This is the perfect field for those with a strong interest in learning and the ability to multi-task in an often stressful environment. The direction you choose to go in this field is dependent on what interests you and where you have the most skills to offer. Most curriculum for these kinds of degrees (MA/MPH/MPA/PhD) include health-care services, human-resources management, health-care advocacy, and rehabilitation, amongst others.

For more information about health service degrees visit the WorldWideLearn website.

 

Job Opportunities in the Field

This industry provides a wide variety of careers that are usually quite good and in high demand. Thus, as the population in the US and abroad ages, the demand for medical services will continue to increase. Aside from working in the administrative aspect of the field, there are a number of other opportunities. Some of these include patient care services, performance evaluation, community services, research, and project management.

 

Nursing

Deciding to become a registered nurse takes dedication toward a major goal. Nurses, and doctors for that matter, are the frontline defense against disease and illness and work to ensure that people are healthy. They diagnose and treat diseases and injuries and are the applied practice of medical science. The job opportunities are endless for registered nurses.

Additional information about a career in nursing can be found at www.discovernursing.com.

 

Job Opportunities in the Field

The options as a nurse are quite varied and diverse. There are many opportunities to sub-specialize and work in a number of different capacities in the US and abroad. Nurses have the ability to work in the following areas: management, emergency departments, critical care units, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatric, nursing homes, home health, health departments, nursing education, doctor offices and many more.

 

Public Health

When we think of health related careers, we often think initially about the physicians, surgeons, and nurses that work in hospitals and clinics. Just as important as the people who diagnose and treat health related problems are those who work to prevent them. Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. The ultimate goal is to maintain the health of society by promoting healthy living conditions by evaluating and analyzing all of the factors that affect the health of the community. Public health professionals work to prevent problems from happening or reoccurring by creating educational programs, developing policies, administering services, and conducting research. It is also a field that works to limit health disparities and fight for health care equity, quality, and accessibility. Some of the issues facing society today such as toxic wastes, substance abuse, and environmental threats are redefining the way we look at public policy issues, creating a greater need for public health expertise and preventative health care.

Some specializations of study include, but are not limited to: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Administration, Health Law, International Health, and Population and Family Health Sciences. Students in these programs usually have experience within professions that range from education, nursing and hospital administration to biology, sociology and policy. Whether you are interested in the evaluation and research or the implementation of Public Health, you should investigate several programs to determine which is right for you.

To learn more about what public health is visit What is Public Health?

 

Job Opportunities in the Field

There are a number of opportunities in the public health field that could have you working in a lab or advocating on behalf of policy in Washington. Some of the job options that exist include working as a Legislative Policy Advisor, Health Educator, Communications Specialist, Reproductive Health Specialist, Public Health Lawyer and Epidemiologist.

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