The healthcare industry is extremely broad and ever expanding. New government regulations, technological advancements, and the lengthening life spans of the population contribute to this industry thriving and growing. Opportunities include clinical, administrative/management, and public health.
- Complex Problem Solving
- Interest in Science
- Good Listening Skills
- Being Physically Active
- Lifelong Learner
- Critical Thinking
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Management of Personnel Resources
- Time Management
- Social Perceptiveness
- Reading Comprehension
- Active Listening
- Reading Comprehension
- Learning Strategies
- Active Learning
- Complex Problem Solving
Degrees and Certifications
Review the George Mason University Pre-health Advisor website, join the list serve, and learn about the pre-application process for professional schools.
Centralized Application Services for professional schools:
- American Medical College Application Services
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
- American Dental Education Association
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
- Veterinary Medical College Application Service
Common Mason programs for pursing Clinical careers include:
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Integrative Studies concentration in Life Sciences
However, those in any major can apply to clinical professional schools as long as they complete the pre-requisite courses required by the programs.
Review the Association of University Programs in Health Administration website to learn the various programs within the Healthcare Management field. The Health Information Management Association is a professional association that has a Career and Student Center to help plan an education in HIM.
Common Mason programs for pursing a career in Health Administration include:
Review the Association of Schools of Public Health website to learn about how to pursue an education and career in public health.
Common Mason programs for pursuing a career in Public Health include:
- Global and Community Health
- Global Health Concentration
- Health Education Concentration
- Nutrition Concentration
- Pre-health Professionals Concentration
How to Get Started
- Many choose to major in biology to pursue a professional health degree, however, it is not required by the programs. It is best to choose a major of interest to keep a high GPA, allow for completing prerequisite coursework, and allow for time to pursue practical clinical and research experience.
- Join the George Pre-health Advisor list serve freshman year and become familiar with the website.
- Focus on getting hands-on or shadowing experiences in a variety of clinical settings, interact with diverse populations, and assist in research projects outside the classroom through programs like OSCAR or at one of the various on-campus research centers or institutes.
- Build strong relationships with professors and potential mentors in the field to serve as potential references for the professional school application process.
- Keep up with news and trends related to the healthcare industry.
- Join an on-campus organization:
- Choose an undergraduate major in health administration, business, accounting, finance, or management.
- Gain experience through internships or jobs in a healthcare setting by at least junior year.
- Keep up with news and trends related to the Healthcare or Healthcare IT industries.
- Get involved in student government, leadership programs or student organizations like AcademyHealth
- Choose an undergraduate major in Community Health and consider a concentration in Global Health.
- Volunteer in the community at a public health related nonprofit organizations to gain practical experience and explore various niches within public health.
- If interested in global health, seek out study / volunteering abroad opportunities.
- Become familiar with health policy, grant writing techniques and grant submission procedures.
- Get involved in health or peer education programs on campus such as those sponsored by the Student Support and Advocacy Center or other student organizations:
- Health Career Center
- Alltop - News and blogs related various topics - search healthcare, healthcare IT, Nursing...
- Mason Pre-health Advisor
- Vault Career Insider Guides - Register (free) using Mason e-mail and search the "Career Guide" database for current and practical information related to niches within the healthcare industry
- Industry Career Categories - Explore focuses within the broader healthcare field and scroll to bottom of each page for industry specific resource links
- O-Net - Department of Labor detailed descriptions of the world of work to explore different careers, and analyze specific jobs.
- Book of Lists - Washington (and other major cities) Business Journal online resource that will help identify target companies in your industry of interest and include website links to each - check out Hospitals and Bioscience Employers
- OSCAR – On campus research program
- Research Gate - A site that includes an Facebook for scientists
- Idealist - Nonprofit internship postings
- Student Doctor Network - Pre-health related chat room discussion forum
- NIH Internship Program
- Health Career Enrichment Programs
- Student Organizations - Join industry related groups (See applicable "How to Get Started" Section above for specific suggestions)
- HireMason - Search for jobs by industry
- Medical Workers.com - Health specific job search by geographic area
- Public Health Jobs
- All50Medical.com - Free healthcare career resource for Allied Health, Locum Tenens and traveling nurses to research and find traveling jobs.
- Health Management Careers
- Career Shift - Job hunting and career management tool
- Idealist.org - Nonprofit Jobs and Internships
- Best 50 Niche Job Boards
- American Nurses Association
- American Academy of Physician Assistants
- American Medical Student Association
Administrative / Management
- American Academy of Medical Administrators
- American Health Information Management Association
- Excellence in Healthcare Management Administration Education
*Note: These are just a sampling, more applicable professional associations can be found through Associations Unlimited
Note: There are many occupations in this industry that require extensive background checks, U.S. citizenship, and state licensures.
Kimberly Bellamy, Health Industry Advisor
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