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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Health and Society

Health and Society students study individuals, populations, systems and ideas. They use social and medical sciences together to ask and answer crucial questions about health and well-being in order to address issues such as health promotion, disease prevention, social change, patient care, and building better health systems locally and globally.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Problem Solving: Understanding components of complex problems; approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; identifying problems and developing solutions.

Analytical and critical thinking: Comprehend, prioritize, and synthesize diverse kinds of information including scientific data and interpersonal cues for client-centered decision making

Communication: Writing skills, presenting material in an easy to ready manner, familiar with writing reports; public speaking and effective communication skills.

Cultural Sensitivity: Develop appreciation for diversity within societies and an understanding of interactions between different communities; historical, economical and geographic international appreciation, work with culturally diverse individuals and communities

Critical/Logistical Thinking: Effectively review and evaluate goals and policies; Perform cost/benefit analyses; create and evaluate financial reports/statements 

Research skills: Data collection; process and synthesize vast amounts of data and apply where relevant; application of information for policy development; forecast trends


Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Behavioural Therapist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Community and Youth Worker
  • Community Health Worker
  • Dietitian and Nutritionist 
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Environmental Scientist and Specialist
  • Event Coordinator
  • Gerontologist
  • Health & Safety Educator
  • Health and Disability Management Advisor
  • Health and Wellness Consultant
  • Health Educator
  • Health Journalist
  • Health Policy Advisor
  • Health Specialties Teacher
  • Home Health Aide
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Industrial Relations Consultant
  • Industrial Safety and Health Engineer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Lawyer
  • Lifestyle Instructor
  • Media Correspondent
  • Medical and Health Services Manager
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Medical Record and Health Information Technician
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Medical Technology Developer
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Mental Health Counsellor
  • Mental Health Specialist
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Non-Profit Organization Director
  • Nutritionist
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Paralegal
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Psychologist
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Reporter and Correspondent  
  • Set and Exhibit Designer
  • Social Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Workplace Health Consultant

Potential Industries

  • Community centres
  • Community development agencies
  • Consulting firms
  • Employment service centres
  • Government agencies and courts
  • Health care product and medical equipment companies
  • Hospitals, clinics and medical centres
  • Human right organizations
  • Immigrant service agencies
  • Legal agencies
  • Libraries
  • Mediation firms
  • Medical and health care centers and organizations
  • Newspaper and magazine companies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Political parties
  • Prisons and halfway houses
  • Public and private health science outreach agencies
  • Public relations agencies
  • Research and policy institutions
  • Social welfare and service agencies
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
  • Unions and workers’ compensation boards
  • Universities, colleges and schools
  • Women’s shelters
  • Youth shelters

Did You Know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact
TRW 3rd Floor, Foothills Campus
T: 403.220.2970


Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020