What careers can a Warwick degree in Health Sciences and Technology lead to?
Equipped with this degree, you could apply for career posts in the NHS, in private practice, in occupational health within industry and commerce, and in wider digital health practice. With further training you could apply for academic posts in universities.
The field of practice is opening up, as employers recognise that massive national investment in preventative medicine is unlikely to bear fruit unless there is more support for people to change their lifestyles. Doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners will often identify for patients the ways in which their lifestyle needs to change, and may ‘prescribe’ smoking cessation, weight loss, exercise, dietary changes, etc, but these clinicians may not be able to support change effectively. Often they do not have the time, as emergency care pressures are competing, and they may not have the broad range of skills with which you will be equipped when you graduate.
A degree in health sciences and technology offers you more than the skillset offered by many who set up in unregulated roles as nutritionists, personal trainers or lifestyle coaches. You will be amongst the first to offer employers a university accredited training in high-level consultation skills, scientific training in relevant clinical physiology and behavioural science, as well as digital healthcare.
Early career roles could include:
- NHS Health and Wellbeing Scientist - supporting patients in many different areas of clinical practice, including care of ongoing conditions like diabetes, mental health problems, and smoking.
- NHS Health and Wellbeing Scientist - supporting health service staff. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust for example, employing some 20,000 people, has recognised the need to invest in a modern Health and Wellbeing service for its workforce.
- Health and Wellbeing Scientist - in industrial Occupational Health Services. Many large employers are likewise recognising a need to invest in their people in this way as there is strong evidence of better health and wellbeing improving productivity
- Health and Wellbeing Scientist - in Community Health Projects. Sustainability and Transformation Projects (STP’s) are collaborations between health and social services to improve health in the community. Increasing recognition that many of these projects depend on supporting change in individuals has led to demand for trained practitioners. You will already have experience of working on an STP as part of your training.
- Health and Wellbeing Scientist - in Private Practice. Your training should equip you to provide a first class service to those willing to pay to improve their health and wellbeing.
Later career roles could include:
- Health Service Management
- Digital Healthcare and Health Informatics (following further training)
- Focus on a particular aspect of Healthcare Science such as dietetics (following further training)
- an academic career (following further training)
- Graduate-entry Medicine
A level: ABB including mathematics or a science subject
IB: 34 points with a minimum of 4 in English
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
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*This information is applicable for 2018 entry.