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Study healthcare abroad

An in-depth guide to studying healthcare as an international student.

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Healthcare degrees abroad

Healthcare is a broad field of study that encompasses many disciplines and specialisms. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of healthcare settings.

You’ll study how healthcare professionals use scientific research and methodology to prevent illness, provide quality care, and develop new treatments. You’ll explore key factors affecting the health of today’s population, and evaluate the effectiveness of current healthcare policies and guidelines.

The healthcare needs of a population vary widely from country to country. By studying abroad, you’ll see how healthcare services operate differently across the world, helping you grasp a more global comprehension of the field. Alongside improving your knowledge and employability, you’ll get to travel the world, make new friends, and create lifelong memories.

Healthcare program structure

There are a range of undergraduate and postgraduate options to choose from when it comes to studying healthcare. Healthcare can be offered as either a BA or BSc over three or four years, depending on your university. A BSc usually requires you to undertake more independent research, but there is very little difference between the two programs overall.

Once you’ve finished your bachelor’s, you might choose to study a master’s over one or two years, followed by a PhD, which takes around five years to complete. You’ll be asked to narrow your focus on these programs and concentrate on specific areas of healthcare, such as management, administration, or public health.

If you decide to study in the US, you’ll probably select healthcare as your major. This means that you’ll take some healthcare-specific modules alongside your general liberal arts education in your first two years, before focusing entirely on your major in your final two years of study.

Healthcare programs are usually taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials. You could be assessed through multiple methods, ranging from exams and essays to presentations and practical assessments.

Thanks to the diversity of the field, there are plenty of opportunities to choose electives tailored to your specific interests. As such, the content of healthcare programs will vary widely between universities. However, there are some core areas of study you can expect to encounter, including:

  • Introduction to healthcare
  • Critical issues in health and wellbeing
  • Human biology
  • Infectious disease
  • Public health
  • Mental health
  • Leadership and management in healthcare
  • Healthcare guidelines and policy

Types of healthcare degrees

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Healthcare study abroad programs

Healthcare undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in healthcare

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    Healthcare Technologies - Integrated BEng/ME Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,538 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Healthcare Improvement (Intercalated) - BSc (Hons) University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,486 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,275 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Healthcare Marketing - BSBA University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,770 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,770 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business - BSBA Ohio Northern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,715 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,715 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Pharmaceutical Healthcare - BSc (Hons) Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,893 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Associate in healthcare

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    Healthcare Technology Management / BioMedical Equipment Technology - AASc North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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Certificate in healthcare

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    Allied Healthcare - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Healthcare Interpreter - Cert Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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Healthcare graduate programs

Master's in healthcare

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    Advanced Healthcare Practice - MSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,064 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,469 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Healthcare Chaplaincy, Professional - MA Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,081 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, February
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    Healthcare Ethics - MA Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,112 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Healthcare Improvement Leadership - MSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Healthcare Law and Ethics - LLM University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    30 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,707 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,875 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in healthcare

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    Healthcare Environmental Services Management - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,981 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Professional Practice: Healthcare - GDip Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,315 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 GBP

    Start date
    September, February
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Certificate in healthcare

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    BIM and Integrated Practice - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    -
    Annual tuition fee
    13,056 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,626 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Future healthcare careers

Healthcare professionals perform a vital role in the daily functioning of modern society. As such, the skills and knowledge of healthcare graduates are always in huge demand. Your degree will be an excellent springboard into any of the following careers:

  • Pharmacy technician
  • Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Care worker
  • Health service manager
  • Occupational therapist
  • Hospital manager

Remember, a degree in healthcare won’t qualify you to practice any kind of medicine. As such, some of the careers listed will require you to complete a more specialized postgraduate program in areas like medicine or dentistry. Your university’s career service will provide professional advice and guidance to help you take the next steps towards employment or postgraduate study.