Health Care Careers
Why Major in Psychology?
Many of today’s health care issues involve behavioral components—people may become sick/injured as a result of behavioral choices and often have to make changes in behavior as part of their treatment. Studying psychology provides students with an understanding of the many factors that influence behavior—from brain mechanisms, to family and friends, personality, and mental health issues. This knowledge allows students to become more effective health care providers. Coursework required for the psychology major also allows students to develop strong analytical skills which are necessary in evaluating health problems, determining potential causes and developing intervention/treatment plans.
Sample job titles with a bachelor’s degree
Community Health Worker
Home Care Assistant
Sample job titles with a master’s degree
Hospital Social Worker
Child Life Specialist
Sample job titles with a doctoral degree
Medical Doctor (other than Psychiatry)
Students who plan to pursue professional school (medical school, dental school, PT program etc.) would complete the “pre-professional” course sequence as well as completing a major in psychology. Often students focus more heavily on the science coursework in the early years in order to be prepared to take professional exams (MCAT, DAT) by the summer after the junior year.