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Health, Medicine, & Insurance

Health CareHealth and Medicine Careers

Students seeking a career in the Health and Medicine fields should earn a master's or doctoral degree in statistics, public health, epidemiology, or other relevant fields. Supplemental curriculum should be in biology, chemistry, ecology, and other natural sciences that blend medicine and mathematics/statistics. Students will want to have a strong understanding of statistical software packages and learn computer programming language. Working within the health and medicine fields will require interdisciplinary team work and strong communication skills. Interested students will want to complete internships in their interested field in order to gain experience and to better determine if their field of interest is suitable for them. 



  • Biomedical Research
  • Biostatistics/Biometrics
  • Biopharmaceutical Statistics
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Public Health
  • Animal Health
  • Health Economics
  • Market Research
  • Technical Writing
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Hospitals
  • National laboratories
  • Government agencies such  as:
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Food and Drug Administration
    • National Institutes of Health  
    • National Center for Health  Statistics
  • World Health Organization
  • Research universities
  • Animal Health industry
  • Scientific journals
  • Consulting firms


Insurance Careers

InsuranceStudents pursuing a career in the insurance industry will want to not only take additional mathematics and finance courses, but complete an internship with an insurance agency to gain the relevant experience needed. There are many entry-level positions within the areas of claims, underwriting, and risk management that students with a bachelor's degree would be qualified for. In addition to learning statistical analysis software and a variety of programming languages, students will want to develop strong communication skills. A majority of careers within the insurance industry require teamwork and the ability to clearly explain information. Students will want to plan on taking a series of actuarial exams to gain the proper licensing from either the Society of Actuaries or the Casualty Actuarial Society. Depending on the type of insurance you primarily deal with will determine the path you pursue. Most actuaries will take these exams over the course of several years while maintaining full-time employment.



  • Actuary Science
  • Risk Management/Assessment
  • Loss Management/Control
  • Underwriting
  • Insurance carriers
  • Insurance agents and brokers
  • Professional, scientific, and technical consulting firms
  • Government agencies


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