ScHARR - Introduction

Potential Careers

Graduates from the postgraduate taught courses in this department enter a variety of roles in health service management, planning and delivery.

Public Health graduates often progress to public health practitioner roles in the health service in the UK or other countries. In England, many of these posts are now based in local government. Some obtain similar posts with charities or NGOs, while others enter research positions in universities, health authorities or specialist research bodies, often via a PhD. The Careers in Public Health section of the NHS website provides an excellent overview of career options in public health and the skills needed.

Recent graduates in Health Economics and Decision Making have moved on to relevant roles as analysts, health economists or researchers in private consultancies or in academia. Graduates taking masters degrees in Clinical Research are generally qualified healthcare practitioners wishing to develop advanced research skills to apply within their professional field, or to move into research and/or lecturing roles.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

ScHARR - what University of Sheffield graduates do six months after graduation

Destinations data is collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

We have put together a number of resources to help with this.

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as health promotion specialist or health service manager. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject, so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

Options with your subject - Health Studies | Careers in Public Health

This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.

Explore types of jobs - Prospects

This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

Other suggested vacancy sources