Why You Don’t Have to Major in Science to Have a Career in Healthcare

I graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with a degree in Molecular Biology. In college, I thought that if you wanted to work in healthcare and treat patients, you had to major in a science: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, etc. Virtually all of the students in my major had dreams of becoming doctors or earning a Ph.D. and becoming researchers at a renowned university. But then I met people who were majoring in Anthropology and were also preparing to take the MCAT and people majoring in Music while also taking public health classes. Of course, if you love Biology, you should absolutely major in that! But you don’t have to feel forced to major in a science in order to be a healthcare professional.

***

Now more than ever, graduate schools and employers are looking for candidates with strong writing and comprehension skills. As healthcare becomes more global and interdisciplinary research is increasingly sought out, being able to effectively communicate is advantageous for health care professionals. The internet has allowed for more voices to be heard, and those with strong writing skills have a chance of standing out.

Studies have shown that students who major in the arts and humanities do better on the MCAT and GRE. For those interested in going into medical school, this means that majoring in the humanities is NOT a disadvantage when it comes to taking standardized tests important for getting into graduate schools.

Majoring in the humanities gives you an opportunity to learn about other cultures and different ways of thinking, which can help in developing cultural competency skills that are valued in today’s healthcare system. In college, reading books like The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down in my religion class and learning about the history of common drugs in relation to society’s evolution. A humanities education can help you become well-rounded individuals the long run. 

Majoring in the humanities can help you stand out when applying to graduate school and jobs. Medical schools and public health graduate programs see countless students majoring in Biology or Public Health. How do you think an admission committee member reacts when they come across an applicant majoring in Creative Writing or Dance? She will probably be immediately intrigued and will want to dive deeper into that applicant’s history. As long as you have the related science and public health coursework listed on your transcript, you are good to go. Some entry to mid-level healthcare jobs may state under their qualifications that they want applicants with a degree in something specific like Psychology or Public and/or a degree in a “related field.” If you don’t have a degree that exactly matches job criteria, don’t panic! You can make room on your resume to note the number and names of related coursework that fit the job criteria. 

****

College is the best time to explore your interests and develop as a person. You can still major in humanities and pursue a career in healthcare.

Views: 16

Comment

You need to be a member of My Health Career Navigator to add comments!

Join My Health Career Navigator

Job Opportunities

Community Health Summer Jobs: Lawrence, MA

Created by Neha Sharma Apr 17, 2018 at 11:42am. Last updated by Neha Sharma Apr 17.

Clinic Manager, Transit Village Family Medicine Department

Created by Janet Umenta Apr 8, 2018 at 5:01pm. Last updated by Janet Umenta Apr 8.

Clinic Manager, Transit Village Pediatrics Department

Created by Janet Umenta Apr 8, 2018 at 4:49pm. Last updated by Janet Umenta Apr 8.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Looking for extra help on your Statement of Purpose?

Need advising or coaching on the application process?

MyHCN can read and review your essay, and provide one-on-one advising.

Contact us at myhcn1@gmail.com

Events

Statement of Purpose Review & Coaching Services

Coaching services are now available to you build and navigate your authentic health career plan. 

If you are currently applying to graduate programs, we can help you with your Statement of Purpose! We offer a range of review services, including:

  • Coaching on your writing process and initial drafts
  • One-one-one advising
  • Reviewing your essay and providing feedback

If you would like more information on our Statement of Purpose Review Services, or our other coaching services, please contact us at 
myhcn1@gmail.com

Forum

HCC & ASPPH Co-Hosted Graduate School Webinar | Weds, Dec. 6, 12pmPST/3pmEST

Started by Janet Umenta Nov 29, 2017. 0 Replies

Interested in applying to graduate schools for public health?HCC has partnered with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to provide you expert advice on the application process and share tips and tricks for building a…Continue

Tags: health, public, school, graduate

Latest Activity

Neha Sharma posted a job

Community Health Summer Jobs: Lawrence, MA

Groundwork Lawrence, based in Lawrence MA (MBTA accessible and about a 30-40 minute drive from Boston) is Hiring Summer Staff! Interested in working with youth in community health, environmental stewardship agriculture, service learning, and…
Apr 17
Henry Raco is now a member of My Health Career Navigator
Apr 17
Janet Umenta posted a blog post
Apr 17
Janet Umenta posted jobs
Apr 8

© 2018   Created by Jeff Oxendine.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service