Health and Scientific Discovery

Do you find passion in helping others live a happy and healthy life?

Does learning about the human body intrigue you? The human body is complex and involves the treatment of diseases for both mental and physical health, examining the origin and prevention of such conditions.

Careers in health and scientific discovery can:

  • Involve extensive clinical research and hands-on clinical labs.
  • Encompass the study of non-living systems at a cellular and chemical level.

Possible Career Paths

  • Pharmacist
  • Registered nurse
  • Physician assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Research scientist
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Occupational therapist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Radiation therapist
  • Speech language pathologist

Although these lists encompass some occupations in the cluster, this is just a sample. Be sure to keep an open mind and dig deeper into the other careers that play a part in these industries. It is helpful to dive into the skills used within each role to see which area complements your own.

Scientific Discovery Internships and Research Opportunities

  • Students for Global Health
  • Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students
  • Asklepiads Pre-Medical Society
  • Out in STEM — oSTEM @ UO is a chapter of the national oSTEM society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQIA communities in the STEM fields.
  • Quantastic Physics — This group holds bi-weekly meetings dedicated to sharing ideas and learning from each other’s insights. While most members have a background in Math or Physics, this is not a requirement.
  • Bioethics Society — The Bioethics Society is for students interested in the ethical and humanities aspects of science, technology, and medicine. With continuous advances in science and medicine, our world faces pressing ethical questions that determine the future of these fields. This club strives to provoke conversation among these topics through conversations, learning, guest speakers, projects, and more. Students interested in medicine, global health, research, technology, or many other fields will find this club a great place to look into an alternative perspective in these fields.

UO Resources

  • University of Oregon Health Professions Program — The UO has its own program that offers support and guidance to students interested in pursuing health professions. They offer advising, workshops, and much more!
  • University Health Services
  • CURE: The Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) — CURE serves as a campus hub for undergraduate students to pursue advanced learning opportunities in research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. CURE guides and supports exploration efforts, offers funding support for research and experiential learning, and creates opportunities for students to showcase their research on the University of Oregon campus, in the Eugene/Springfield community, throughout the state, and nationally.
  • UO Peace Corps Campus Recruiter — Working with the UO recruiter will give you the guidance you need to be most competitive when applying for Peace Corps.