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Dentistry

Dentistry is devoted to maintaining oral health. Dentists are trained to treat all patients, adults and children, in many different treatment facilities and settings. Dental school graduates can opt for additional training, either in general practice dentistry or in one of the nine recognized advanced dental education specialties: 

  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Public Health Dentistry

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Pharmacy

PharmasistPharmacists dispense medications prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and monitor patient health. They advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosages, interactions, and side effects of medications. Pharmacists must understand the use; clinical effects; and composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties. Pharmacists are the medication experts. 

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Optometry

Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. Doctors of Optometry prescribe medications, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy, spectacle lenses, contact lenses, and perform certain surgical procedures.

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Occupational Therapy

If you are a “people person” interested in empowering people of all ages who suffer some degree of disability (e.g. congenital, emotional, post-traumatic, or post-surgical), occupational therapy might be a good fit for you.

As a professional in this applied science, you will teach people skills to enable them to perform the tasks of everyday living. The skills you teach may be as simple as eating or getting dressed, or more complex, like learning to drive a hand operated car, operating a computer with modified control switches, or developing new job skills. Occupational therapists work in clinical practice, administration, education, research, or in private practice.

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Veterinary

Veternary studentsVeterinarians play a major role in the healthcare of pets, livestock, and zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals. Some veterinarians use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems. Others work in basic research, broadening the scope of fundamental theoretical knowledge, and in applied research, developing new ways to use knowledge.

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Public Health

Public HealthPublic health is the science and art of creating healthy communities through education, research, and promotion of healthy lifestyles. In public health, the focus is on health promotion and disease/injury prevention; this is in contrast to the medical model of care,which focuses more heavily upon diagnosing and treating illnesses and conditions after they occur. 

Because of their "big picture" perspective, public health experts play a key role in emergency preparedness and response.* This may be why public health has become such a growing field in recent years.

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Physical Thrapy

The goal of physical therapists is to restore, maintain and promote health and fitness. This can be accomplished by working with accident victims or persons with disabling conditions (e.g. arthritis, heart disease and cerebral palsy) to improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. This is an excellent way for you to apply your knowledge and compassion to improve the quality of others’ lives.

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Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling (GC) is a dynamic, challenging and rapidly growing subspecialty within the field of human genetics. Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychosocial and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. Genetic counselors work in a variety of settings, including adult, pediatric, prenatal, and cancer genetics clinics; public health genetics programs; human genetics research, and the biotechnology industry.

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