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What is Health and Medicine?




Health and Medicine is a degree that will give you a lot of insights into all the fields of the medical sector. Some of these fields are:

  • Mental Health

  • Nursing

  • Public Health

  • Dentistry

  • Human Medicine

  • Optometry

Working in this industry is a well-known and well-respected career. If you do not like to work with people, this career might not be the right one for you.


Why Should You study Health and Medicine?


1. Need for doctors You can never have enough doctors, health is the most important thing. As a matter of fact, the Washington Post predicts a shortage of 90,000 doctors by 2025!

2. Working with people Most people in the Health and Medicine industry, are people persons. So if you like talking to people, giving them advice, and helping them, then this is your reason to study Health and Medicine!

3. Career opportunity As a graduate of Health and Medicine, you get to work in public and private hospitals, scientific institutes, nursing homes, public health care, or in healthcare management and administration.


What Skills do you Need?


A. Interaction Skills You will be working with people all the time, so you need to be very good at interacting and communicating. Besides patients, you will also meet their families, medical staff, and technicians. Do not be too interactive though! You do not want to intend

and bond with them, especially with children, because that will only make your job harder.

B. Behavioural and Social Qualities With behavioural and social qualities you need to develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and their families, employees, and the rest of the staff. You need to be able to function properly during uncertainties and function effectively under stress.

C. Positive Mind If you are not able to see the bigger picture in bad situations, this job will bring you down. It is very important to keep your head up and see the positive things in every situation. If you stay positive all the time, then so will the patients and that will give you positive energy.


What are the Job Opportunities?

1. Surgeon

A Surgeon diagnoses and treats injuries and illnesses. They also perform medical surgeries that could last for more than 12 hours! Surgeons know everything about a patient’s medical history, and they educate patients and their families on the risks and benefits of surgery.


2. Paediatrician

A Paediatrician is a doctor who is specialized in the care of infants, children, and young adults. They are responsible for diagnosing and treating illnesses, handling vaccinations, and treating accidents.


3. Optometrist

Optometrists are specialised in people’s eyes. They perfo