Your complete guide to a PhD in Health Sciences

Everything you need to know about studying a PhD in Health Sciences

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Health Sciences is the study of improving healthcare systems and policies with knowledge from STEM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In other words, Health Sciences looks at the latest discoveries in these areas and tries to apply them for medical purposes. The results are more efficient healthcare institutions, improved reliability of medical devices and systems, well-implemented emergency plans, and so on.

A typical Health Sciences curriculum includes subjects like Healthcare Ethics, Health Informatics, Healthcare Policy, Health IT and Innovations, Health Service Management, Health Service Quality, Health Promotion, Leadership, Health Communication, Health Administration, Financing Healthcare Services, etc.

Health Sciences is a broad discipline. This is why not all programmes have the same academic goals. Certain degrees focus more on Nutrition Sciences, others on Exercise Sciences, and the list of examples can go on. What students need to know is that Health Sciences is the ideal choice if they want to make a difference in healthcare provision at the administration or policy level.

Some healthcare professionals work in laboratories, investigating diseases or discovering new treatments, while others work in direct contact with patients in clinical care. Health Sciences graduates can practice in public hospitals, private clinics, schools, community health services and governmental agencies. Career prospects include work as nurses, physician assistants, physiotherapists, pharmacists, health educators, health inspectors, social workers and freelancers in alternative therapies.

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Best Universities for Health Sciences on PhDPortal

Universities Location Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017)
Oregon Health & Science University Portland, United States 101
Peking University Beijing, China 101
Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona, Spain 101
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China 101
St George's, University of London Earlsfield, United Kingdom 101
Sungkyunkwan University Seoul, South Korea 101
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 101
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Copenhagen, Denmark 101
University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia 101
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, United States 101
UT Health San Antonio Leon Valley, United States 101
Institute for European Studies - Universite libre de Bruxelles Brussels, Belgium 101
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, United States 101
University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada 101
University of Bonn Bonn, Germany 101
University of California, Irvine (UCI) Irvine, United States 101
University of Cologne Köln, Germany 101
University of Florida Gainesville, United States 101
The University of Iowa Iowa City, United States 101
University of Kiel Kiel, Germany 101
Leipzig University Leipzig, Germany 101
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg Magdeburg, Germany 101
University of Münster Münster, Germany 101
University of Nottingham Nottingham, United Kingdom 101
University of Padua Padua, Italy 101
University of Paris Sud Orsay, France 101
University of Pavia Pavia, Italy 101
University of Rochester Rochester, United States 101
University of Sao Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 101
University of Twente (UT) Enschede, Netherlands 101
Ulm University Ulm, Germany 101
University of Ulsan Ulsan, South Korea 101
University of Virginia Charlottesville, United States 101
Uppsala University Uppsala, Sweden 101
University of Verona Verona, Italy 101
Vita-Salute San Raffaele University Milano, Italy 101
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Brussels, Belgium 101
Wayne State University Detroit, United States 101
Aix-Marseille University Marseille, France 151
Autonomous University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 151
Capital Medical University Beijing, China 151
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Milano, Italy 151
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Delft, Netherlands 151
Hannover Medical School Hannover, Germany 151
Kyoto University Kyoto, Japan 151
Laval University Québec, Canada 151
McMaster University Hamilton, Canada 151
Medical University of Graz Graz, Austria 151
Monash University Clayton, Australia 151
National University of Singapore Singapore, Singapore 151
Politecnico di Milano Milano, Italy 151
Queen Mary University of London London, United Kingdom 151
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, United States 151
Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou, China 151
Tel Aviv University Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 151
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shatin, Hong Kong (SAR) 151
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel 151
The Ohio State University Upper Arlington, United States 151
The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom 151
The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 151
The University of New Mexico Albuquerque, United States 151
The University of Tokyo Tokyo, Japan 151
The University of Western Australia Perth, Australia 151
Tufts University Medford, United States 151
Umea University Umeå, Sweden 151
University at Buffalo Buffalo, United States 151
University of Antwerp Antwerpen, Belgium 151
University of Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom 151
University of Florence Florence, Italy 151
University of Genoa Genoa, Italy 151
University of Göttingen Göttingen, Germany 151
University of Gothenburg Göteborg, Sweden 151
University of Helsinki Helsinki, Finland 151
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Urbana, United States 151
Friedrich Schiller University Jena Jena, Germany 151
University of Leeds Leeds, United Kingdom 151
University of Lübeck Lübeck, Germany 151
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Mainz, Germany 151
Philip University in Marburg Marburg, Germany 151
University of Miami Coral Gables, United States 151
University of Naples Federico II Naples, Italy 151
University of Ottawa Ottawa, Canada 151
University of Rostock Rostock, Germany 151
University of Turin Turin, Italy 151
University of Turku Turku, Finland 151
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, United States 151
Yeshiva University New York City, United States 151
Cornell University Ithaca, United States 51
Emory University Atlanta, United States 51
Ghent University Ledeberg, Belgium 51
Sapienza University of Rome Roma, Italy 51
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Switzerland 51
Melbourne Business School Melbourne, Australia 51
University of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain 51
University of Basel Basel, Switzerland 51
University of Bergen Bergen, Norway 51
University of Bologna Bologna, Italy 51
University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada 51
University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, United States 51
University of Cambridge Cambridge, United Kingdom 51
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Germany 51
Goethe University Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main, Germany 51
University of Geneva Genève, Switzerland 51
University of Hamburg Hamburg, Germany 51
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis, United States 51
University of Montreal Montréal, Canada 51
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, United States 51
University of Southern California Los Angeles, United States 51
University of Sydney Sydney, Australia 51
University of Utah Salt Lake City, United States 51
Vanderbilt University Nashville, United States 51
University of Western Ontario London, Canada 51
Boston University Boston, United States 76
UCLouvain Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium 76
Claude Bernard Lyon 1 Villeurbanne, France 76
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Manhattan, United States 76
Lund University Lund, Sweden 76
Medical University of Innsbruck Innsbruck, Austria 76
Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, United States 76
University of Calgary Calgary, Canada 76
The University of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom 76
University of Queensland Saint Lucia, Australia 76
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, United States 76
Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, United States 76
TU Dresden Dresden, Germany 76
University of Bern Bern, Switzerland 76
University of California, Davis Davis, United States 76
University of Chicago Chicago, United States 76
University of Duisburg-Essen Essen, Germany 76
University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 76
University of Maryland Baltimore Baltimore, United States 76
The University of Milan Sesto San Giovanni, Italy 76
University of Oslo Oslo, Norway 76
University of Paris Paris, France 76
University of Würzburg Würzburg, Germany 76
Paris Diderot University Paris, France 76
Yonsei University Seoul, South Korea 76
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