A healthcare master’s can prepare you for a career on the front line of hospital and practice care. Or you may use your degree to shape policy and protocol behind the scenes. Let’s take a look at some of the options a healthcare master’s opens.

A growing job market

The variety of top-paying jobs in the healthcare sector is astonishing. A high-quality healthcare degree delivers not just a practical but a theoretical and strategic education in the factors impacting public health.

And it’s a huge sector. In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) alone employs 1.5 million people, making it one of the five biggest workforces in the world. There are also many other healthcare employers in the nation; independent healthcare organisations such as Bupa and BMI Healthcare; nonprofits such as British Red Cross and Save the Children; various scientific research organizations; and more. According to Deloitte, the global healthcare market is set to grow by 5% annually.

One practical career path with a healthcare master’s is to become a practice registered nurse. Specialisms include nurse anaesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner. These frontline roles involve an emphasis on strategy and coordination that benefits from a graduate healthcare education.

Other careers are more therapy-oriented. Speech pathology, for example, requires a multifaceted approach to the analysis, diagnosis, and treatment of speech and language issues. You might approach mental health treatment from the perspective of art therapy or specialize in children's mental health.

Government, pharmaceuticals, consultant companies

In addition to the wealth of practitioner doors a healthcare master’s opens, many students in healthcare fields choose to pursue the management and strategic roles to which such study can lead.

The public sector needs sharp, informed minds to shape policy and response (as we have recently witnessed with the onslaught of the COVID pandemic). Governmental bodies such as the National Health Service and Public Health England and regional public health departments always need dedicated experts with a long view of the healthcare landscape.

Pharmaceutical companies pay top salaries for high-responsibility roles in management, compliance, and administration. Professionals in these roles may coordinate with health departments, hospitals, and practices, to develop and deliver effective pharmaceutical solutions to the public (such as the COVID vaccines which are being rolled out worldwide now), while also ensuring the viability of the organisation – and clearly, a robust ethical framework is essential.

Likewise, consulting firms such as Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG offer top salaries for top service. The professionals that deliver these services must maintain a thorough understanding of the complexities and interrelatedness of healthcare. Interdisciplinary insights, which a master's in healthcare can cultivate, help develop this understanding.

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The University of Glasgow’s healthcare programmes

The University of Glasgow has a very strong tradition of public health education, having started it in 1839. It plays a vital part in developing local and national healthcare policy and practice.

It offers an unrivaled array of 100% online healthcare programmes. This means you can benefit from an international healthcare master's in the familiarity of your home town, enabling you to continue with work and family commitments and to deliver the fruits of your education to your community as quickly as possible.

No matter how broad or focused you wish your healthcare studies to be, you will find a great option with the University of Glasgow. It offers some of the only distance learning programmes of their kind in the world. The school tailors its online assessments to promote employability. Students enjoy a flexible and stimulating combination of formats, such as essays, blogs, online presentations, workshops, and discussions.

Programmes include the Online MSc Global Mental Health, which focuses on the impact of social and cultural factors on awareness and treatment. The master’s in Global Mental Health aims to inspire passionate people to create sustainable strategies to address the treatment gap and lead the charge for mental wellbeing.

A similarly global approach can be found on the Online MSc One Health. As the programme title suggests, One Health contextualizes global healthcare issues within a broader picture of the environment and human, animal and plant life.

The Online MSc Health Professions Education is designed for professionals working in healthcare roles who are looking for a teaching, management or research-based career in health professions education. It offers the flexibility to take one of two routes and retains a strong practical and collaborative atmosphere.

A great tech-oriented option is the Online MSc Health Technology Assessment. It provides essential insight for those intending to guide policy or development around health technologies as well as helping with the ability to appraise evidence and understand the consequences of technology in order to prioritise its use.

And the Online Master of Public Health is a cornerstone degree recognized and valued by health organizations worldwide. Expert professors deliver fundamental theoretical and practical guidance of priceless importance to professionals in health improvement, health protection and humanitarian aid.

One Online MSc One Health student says, “The community support within the University of Glasgow is unrivalled and I was excited to be a part of this. Every member of the online community at the University of Glasgow is very encouraging and supportive, from the course coordinators to support staff and fellow students. I am very grateful for this continuous support and interaction throughout the past year when COVID-19 has disrupted all other aspects of life.”

Healthcare is as broad as it is deep. To expand your horizons and forge forward in your healthcare career, register your interest in the University of Glasgow today.

Article written in association with the University of Glasgow.