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Why study health and human sciences?

Posted 14 April 2021
University of Sheffield students in a laboratory.

What is health and human science?

Health and human sciences are programmes that engage in the research of immunology, microbiology, genetics and how they play a role in disease and health, biochemistry, and biotechnology. This field includes the study and research of health as well as how to cure diseases, treat illnesses and generally understand the function of the human body.

Why study a health and human sciences degree?

1. You’ll be in-demand

Studying a health and human sciences degree will give you access to a wide range of industries and specialisms, many of which are always on the lookout for qualified professionals. Whichever your specific area of interest, health and human sciences careers are plentiful. Some role examples include dentists, occupational therapists and medical researchers. Professionals are in demand all over the world, so whether you want to return to your home country or remain in the UK after graduation, you’ll find plenty of opportunities open to you.

2. Improve lives

In the 21st century, the world is facing new and increasingly challenging issues in healthcare. These include the consequences of an ageing population, obesity and its effects, and the global threat of antibiotic resistance. Health and human sciences provides you with knowledge of the factors affecting people’s health and how these issues can be managed.

One of the main rewards of a health and human sciences career is knowing your work is improving lives and the health of the population. Depending on what specialism you choose, you may care for and interact with patients as part of your job. Alternatively, you may work behind the scenes. If you choose to go into the field of nutrition, for example, you may study and develop new dietetic models to improve the health of diabetic patients.

3. Find solutions for medical challenges

Health and human sciences is an industry in which information is ever-changing and new research is constantly produced. You and your colleagues will be responsible for discovering new solutions to challenges in the modern medical world. For example, working in diagnostic services, you’ll monitor patients’ new and existing medical problems and work in the lab to investigate any abnormalities.

4. Real-world work experience

Work experience is an important part of your journey to becoming a successful health and human sciences professional, and you will be able to acquire significant practice through placements. The University of Sheffield offers placements in many industries as part of your degree programme. Physical therapists, for example, might design treatment plans, oversee strength exercises, perform hands-on stretches and instruct exercise. Conversely, medical laboratory technicians might take tissue and fluid samples, chemically test body fluids, document test results, and maintain clean working environments.

5. Prepare for the complex world of health care practice

A bachelor’s degree in health and human sciences will not only teach you about specific practices in the industry but will also cover the ‘bigger picture’ and complexities of health care practice. You will gain an understanding of many topics – depending on your area of interest – such as early childhood development, nutrition, food toxicology, research methodologies, public policy and adolescent issues. The degree will provide you with a solid understanding so that you’re prepared for the world of healthcare.

6. Career opportunities

There are many fields and specialisms within health and human sciences, so a degree in this subject will open up a multitude of career opportunities. Graduates may go on to work in biotechnology, dental care, clinical dietetics, epidemiology, microbiology, lab research, military medical corps, healthcare consulting, law, and pharmaceuticals.

7. Transferable skills

A bachelor’s or master’s degree in health and human sciences will equip you with an array of technical, intellectual and interpersonal skills. You’ll find many different research areas and this field of study produces, at the technical level, exceptional laboratory skills, applicable techniques for molecular and genetic biology, and an accurate understanding of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics. You will hone your writing and communication skills in explaining complex problems, editing, and creating persuasive arguments. This degree will also develop the capability and confidence to define problems, establish various hypotheses, gather information, interpret different data, and summarise and synthesise what you have studied to find meaningful results.

Why study health and human sciences in the United Kingdom?

The UK’s higher education sector has an outstanding reputation for high-quality teaching, research and internationally respected degree programmes. A British education will provide you with knowledge but also allow you the freedom to explore your own ideas. In addition to attending lectures and seminars, you will be encouraged to work collaboratively with your peers and to conduct your own research.

How to study health and human sciences in the UK?

Many international students choose to start their studies abroad in an environment with a little extra support. The University of Sheffield International College is the perfect way to start your journey. The pathway programme leads to a range of undergraduate engineering and science degrees at the University of Sheffield, including BMedSci (Hons) Health and Human Sciences and BMedSci (Hons) Orthoptics.

Programmes have been designed in collaboration with the University, ensuring that modules are relevant to your field of study. You will develop the English language and academic skills required for degree study, as well as benefitting from the support of the team at the International College.

Why study at Sheffield?

  • Sheffield works closely with the Royal College of Nursing to explore how education meets the needs of the NHS workforce. This means that the University’s courses are ideally placed to offer you high-quality courses, informed by the latest research in the field.
  • The University has excellent orthoptic teaching and clinical facilities within the Medical School. You will get to use our state-of-the-art facilities, including a clinical research space equipped with a large range of clinical tests required for orthoptic assessments.
  • The University is ranked World Top 100 for clinical and health (Times Higher Education (THE) World Subject Rankings 2021).

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