Career Options in Healthcare
The healthcare system, the second largest industry in the United States, is rapidly changing. Specialized skills and knowledge are required that were unheard of a decade ago. The healthcare workforces must be appropriately trained so that high quality services can be delivered effectively and efficiently to keep down the cost of healthcare. The demand for a well-trained and diversified healthcare workforce increases every year.
The Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree is intended to be flexible to meet the changing needs of the healthcare sector. The Health Science program provides the education from which students can go directly into a variety of careers in health or on to pursue graduate studies. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter the health workforce as health educators, health administrators, wellness managers, epidemiology specialists, environmental health specialists, and research assistants. Those already employed in the healthcare sector can use the program to increase their knowledge and skills to move into managerial positions.
Employment opportunities exist in a wide range of institutions and industries for individuals with health-related training and expertise. State and county health agencies, hospitals and other facilities offer positions in maternal and child health, nutrition, disease control and wellness management. Schools and other educational institutions offer employment in drug and alcohol abuse prevention and control, tobacco cessation, and fitness programs. The insurance and pharmaceutical industries now desperately need staff trained to evaluate the quality of health care provided and the effectiveness of treatments, drugs and other health interventions. Of particular importance is the need to train a workforce that can deal effectively with health problems associated with the elderly. As our population ages, the health-care needs of this population will also increase.