Health sciences is a multidisciplinary field encompassing aspects of the physical and life sciences, medical ethics, patient care, public health, health education and health care administration. A Bachelor of Science in health sciences can open the door to a number of different careers in various health care-related fields.
A health care administrator oversees the operations and management of a health care facility, such as a hospital, rehabilitation center or managed-care facility. Health care administrators are responsible for ensuring that their organization and its employees are acting in compliance with the law and the medical code of ethics. They may perform tasks related to budgeting, policy formation, staffing, marketing and advertising.
Health educators may work in hospitals, clinics, private health care facilities or schools and their primary function is to educate the public about proper health care and promote overall well-being. Health educators may address specific populations or they may choose to focus their education efforts on specific illnesses or health-related issues, such as childhood obesity or sex education.
A medical assistant may work in a hospital or private medical practice, typically under the supervision of a licensed physician. Medical assistants may be responsible for weighing patients, taking their vital signs or obtaining their medical history. They may also perform clerical tasks such as maintaining patient files or setting appointments.
A dental hygienist performs many different functions under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Their primary duty is to prepare patients to see the dentist and they may be responsible for taking X-rays, performing cleanings, applying sealants or fluoride treatments to patients' teeth and educating patients about dental hygiene practices.
An occupational therapist works with patients who have difficulty performing everyday tasks due to an injury or illness. They work with patients in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities or through home care to help patients restore their range of motion and limb functionality.
A medical records clerk is responsible for maintaining medical files in health care facilities, including hospitals, clinics, managed-care facilities and private medical practices. Their duties may include organizing, coding, updating, storing, transferring or retrieving patient files.
Radiology technicians are responsible for conducting X-ray examinations in health care facilities such as hospitals, private practices or medical diagnostic labs. They are responsible for preparing patients for the X-ray procedure and operating the equipment to minimize potential exposure to radiation.
Medical laboratory assistants prepare and analyze samples of tissue, blood or other bodily fluids from patients to test for disease or illness. They may work in hospitals, clinics, medical research laboratories, nursing homes or public health care facilities.