PhDs in Medicine & Health

Health Sciences


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Health sciences is a general term including all the applied disciplines involved in the delivery and improvement of healthcare. Bachelors and Masters in Health Sciences include knowledge from other fields, such as natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, which can be applied in clinical healthcare research and practice, and in public health education. There are more than 50 different specialisations within the field, which can be grouped into three major disciplines: physiological sciences, clinical engineering and medical physics, and life sciences.

Universities and colleges generally offer degrees in health science at the undergraduate level, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Professional Studies, but also provide graduate degrees. Specialisations in health sciences include anatomy, physiology, pharmacy, radiography, neurophysiology, microbiology, epidemiology, immunology, others. Areas of focus can also refer to more managerial-oriented studies, as for example health information management, health services and management, health planning, or international health.

Some healthcare professionals work in laboratories, investigating diseases or discovering new treatments, while others work in direct contact with patients in clinical care. 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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Ph. D. Health Psychology

According to the British Psychological Society, the goal of health psychology is to study scientifically the psychological processes of health, illness and health care. The Health Psychology programme is offered by the Glasgow Caledonian University.  

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Ph.D. Health Services - Self-Designed

Through Walden’s Ph.D. in Health Services program you can prepare for a leadership role in the in-demand field of healthcare. Expand your understanding of current health legislation, policy, and ethics and how they affect the nation’s healthcare system.

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Ph. D. Nursing - Interdisciplinary Health

Advance your career as a nurse researcher, educator, or policymaker with Walden University’s research-focused PhD in Nursing program. Through multidisciplinary projects with other doctoral students from various health disciplines, you can develop the skills to lead or collaborate with cross-functional healthcare teams and promote positive change.

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Ph. D. Health Education and Promotion - Population Health

Discover how to design, implement, and evaluate programs to help others make healthy decisions in Walden University’s PhD in Health Education and Promotion program. Use your passion for leading a healthy, active lifestyle to your advantage and explore health behavior theories and techniques to help individuals and groups improve their health or conduct research that will impact the larger population.

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