Health Science Careers

What do they do?

Clinical health professionals (doctors, nurses, physician assistants) work with individual patients, typically in a clinic or a hospital. They diagnose and treat diseases and support their patients through recovery and long-term care. Public health professionals also work with people, but at the community level, whether in a neighborhood, town, city, state, or nationally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a national public health organization, and cities, counties, and states also have public health departments. Public health professionals investigate disease outbreaks (e.g., swine flu), develop health promotion programs, work as policy experts with elected representatives to promote laws to keep the community members safe (e.g., state seat belt laws). Public health professionals also work in research, asking questions like: why do some people develop a heart attack at 50 years of age?

Where do they work?

  • hospitals and other health care centers
  • public health organizations
  • private or government research centers
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • biotechnology industry
  • community agencies
  • insurance companies
  • research laboratories
  • private offices or clinics
  • larger health care organizations
  • legislative offices
  • international health organizations

Some organizations where past Health Science graduates have launched careers:

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Fenway Community Health
  • Goldwater Institute
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Partners Health Care
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

What will I like or dislike?

Whether a clinician or a public health professional, you will work closely with people and have an important and rewarding career positively impacting the health and lives of individuals and the entire community.

Which Sargent College Programs apply?