Health Science is a fast-growing field with more and more degree programs and job opportunities popping up all over the country. People who receive a degree in health science usually go on to become nutritionists and dietitians working in a variety of jobs including rehabilitation, health education, and food service. And with the government getting rid of the Food Guide Pyramid and implementing their new Choose My Plate program, more people need help to figure out what foods are right for them and how to live a healthy life.
A degree in health sciences is more than just learning about what foods are best for you and what types of exercises will keep your heart healthy. It consists of taking classes in subject areas such as human nutrition, epidemiology, nutritional assessment, biostatistics, environmental health, microbiology, genetics, chemistry, and physics. Students will run the full gamut of health, from the food we eat down to the very cells in our bodies they are affecting and why. (Though, sadly, this does not include any antics like those Martin Short had in the movie Innerspace.)
A degree is a jumping-off point for nutritionists, with internships, hands-on experience, and certification rounding out the training. From there, there are a great number of jobs available for nutritionists. They can work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, or clinics, for large corporations, health organizations, or for ad agencies. They could even work for government agencies on programs such as the Choose My Plate program, helping the country get back on track with simple, balanced eating habits.
Health and Nutrition are things that will always be trending and something for which people always need guidance. Whether you’re interested in hands-on work, like in sports or prenatal nutrition, or research-based work, like in nutrigenomics, there are a lot of opportunities to contribute to the health and well being of the world.