Medicine and Health is a broad field of study that equips students with the necessary knowledge and skills to treat and prevent illnesses and diseases in human beings or animals. Medical professionals take patients through the entire healing journey, from the consultation and diagnosis to the treatment and surgical intervention — if necessary — and all the way through convalescence.
Medicine and Health degrees include subdisciplines such as Biomedicine, Public Health, Human Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Management, Nutrition, etc.
Laughter may be the best medicine, but during a Medical degree, you will discover many interesting things like the fact that your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart. But, most importantly, medical students will learn how to cure diseases and help people recover. It’s also the doctor’s job to teach patients how to take better care of themselves and prevent diseases from occurring in the first place.
First-year medical students will focus on introductory knowledge about how the human or animal body works. Studies then continue with advanced knowledge about internal medicine, paediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Those are followed by a specialisation you’ve decided to pursue. Medicine and Health students will attend supervised medical practice or internship, followed by a residency in a health care facility, where they get hands-on experience and deal with real patients and medical problems.
Medicine and Health graduates enter the following careers: surgeon, medical technician, psychiatrist, nurse, nutritionist, veterinary doctor, and others.
Being a health professional is a difficult but rewarding career. You will need soft skills like empathy, communication, and cooperation to deal with patients efficiently and work well with your peers.