Welcome to Health Careers

Are you interested in a health career and want to learn more about health career options? Central Washington University provides many opportunities for students interested in health careers.

Student Resources

Health Career Resources for those Interested.

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Pre-Medicine Prerequisite Courses

You are embarking on a journey toward a career in medicine.

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Student Clubs

Navigation Page for CWU Health & Science Clubs.

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Degree Programs

More information about Health Degrees Offered At CWU.

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Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-PA Resources for those Interested.

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You find yourself drawn to the world of health careers, a realm where passion and purpose collide. As you explore the various paths, from nursing and medicine to public health and therapy, you realize the potential for real impact. Each day in these professions presents an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of individuals and communities. You are not just considering a job; you're contemplating a calling. The commitment is considerable, requiring long hours, dedication, and continuous learning. But the reward is profound: the chance to heal, to alleviate suffering, to teach, and to innovate. Whether you're a current professional seeking growth or a student eager to embark on this journey, you sense that a career in health is not just about what you'll do, but who you'll become.

Why a Health Career? A Chance to Change History

One of the greatest challenges regionally, nationally and globally is to provide people with adequate, appropriate and sustainable health care. You can make a difference in meeting these challenges! There are hundreds of health career opportunities, and the needs for specific types of occupations can be quite different in urban versus rural locations and around the world and go far beyond the careers of doctor, dentist or nurse. When you consider your health career choices, don't forget to research workforce needs in the locations where you want to live.


The Health Field

National Academy of Medicine’s Publications and Programs

American Hospital Association’s Data & Insights, including “Health Care: The Big Picture” 

CDC “Explore Global Health Issues”

Mayo Clink College of Medicine and Science: Explore Health Care Careers

Diversity and Health Careers

The diversity of the healthcare workforce needs to better reflect that of the populations it treats. All healthcare workers need to be aware of their patients' varying cultural perspectives on health and healing. The term used in health professions to describe this goal is "cultural competence" and it is a major issue in current health careers training.

Learn more about diversity and cultural and linguistic competency in healthcare:

NCBI Publication: Improving Cultural Competence

ExploreHealthCareers.Org: Why Diversity Matters in Health Care

Health Resources & Services Administration: Culture, Language, and Health Literacy

U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health: Minority Population Profiles and Briefs and Publications

United Health Foundation: America’s Health Rankings (reports provided by year and state)

World Health Organization [WHO]: Monitoring Health Inequalities

Indian Health Service: Fact Sheets

National Indian Health Board

EthnoMed: Integrating Cultural Information Into Clinical Practice

UCSF Heatlhforce Center: “Is Cultural Competence Training a Solution to Structural Racism in Health Care?” 

Health Career Options


CareerOneStop.Org Health Science Overview I Health Science Occupations I Fastest Growing Careers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook: Healthcare Occupations

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health [ASPPH]: Areas of Study

Summer Health Professions Education Program [SHPEP] is a free program for high school graduates--who are currently enrolled as freshmen or sophomores in college--to explore health fields of interest to them.  University of Washington is a partner institution, and CWU undergraduates meeting the requirements are encouraged to apply.

CWU News

CWU selects new executive director of Institutional Effectiveness

September 21, 2023


State of the University address scheduled for September 29

September 20, 2023


New exhibit to open September 28 at Sarah Spurgeon Gallery

September 18, 2023


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