One way to explore health and life science majors is to see them in five buckets that include: direct patient care, laboratory work, health administration, health care technology, and health education. On this page, you will find the five buckets with links to associated majors here at IUPUI. For more information about specific IUPUI programs, click on the program links listed below.
Learn About Health Care Majors
Direct Patient Care
Careers in direct patient care are hands on and demand an intense knowledge of science and a deep empathy for people. If you can handle high levels of stress, all kinds of bodily fluids, and knowing as much about the human body as possible, check out careers like nursing, dental hygiene, radiography, respiratory therapy, and others.
If you have a passion for science, problem solving, and helping people, a career in laboratory work might be for you. Lab scientists can work as part of the patient-care team to diagnose patients, such as clinical laboratory science or cytotechnology, or to search for problems in the physical environment, such as environmental health science.
Health care administrators keep the system running, from hiring physicians and practitioners to managing a hospital’s staff to making health policy. Are you great at staying organized and working with people and information? Check out careers like health services management or health sciences.
Health Care Technology
Technology is changing every second, and people who work in health care technology have to keep the system current so that patients can continue receiving the best possible care. These people can work hands on with medical equipment and technology (healthcare engineering technology management); they may also work in the digital realm, running statistical analyses and telling stories about the data they’ve found (health data science), or coding and developing new systems to keep patient care cost effective, efficient, and high quality (health information management).
Health educators don’t only work in the classroom, they also work in our communities, in big corporations, and in hospitals to promote health and to educate others on how to live healthier lives. Graduates with degrees in community health or health sciences can find careers as disease prevention specialists, program coordinators, public outreach campaign planners, and policy advocates. If you want to make a difference in the health of your community, check out these majors.