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What Can I Do With a Degree in Health Sciences?

Last updated October 28, 2021

By Camiell Foulger

With a health science degree at Furman, graduates can successfully pursue and grow in a variety of career options. Our department holds both Furman’s Health Sciences and Public Health majors, granting both macro and micro plans of study for those interested in human health.

A wealth of skills and specialities can be obtained from our multidisciplinary program. Those in our program will foster interpersonal skills, attention to detail, problem solving capabilities, as well as expertise in the synthesis and analysis of information. Toolkits honed within the coursework of the degree and our liberal arts setting can be applied to a broad range of professions.

Most of our graduates go on to higher education, with another 10% of our students going into volunteer work, such as AmeriCorps or Peace Corps, and then 20% heading into employment.

Majors often go into nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletics, exercise science, nutrition, dentistry, public health, academia, policy, and epidemiology.

The Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST) provides opportunities for student research on the mechanics of running, which provides a chance for students to get their feet wet in research as a possible career path.

We also maintain connections with local organizations where students can intern or volunteer for field experience. We have had students intern with Middle Tyger Community Center, Prisma Health, Mental Health America of Greenville County, LiveWell, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, The Magdalene Clinic, and many other organizations.

If you’re seeking help determining the best major for you, be sure to view the resources at the Malone Center for Career Engagement. Career advisors at the Malone Center can provide an analysis of the results students receive from their Focus2 Assessment, which will tailor a list of possible majors/career paths based on personality, values, and skills. An additional resource for exploring major choices is What Can I Do With This Major?, a site that helps students connect majors and interests to possible careers.