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The Health Professions

All health professions are related to the health and well-being of humans and/or animals. The term "health profession" encompasses a wide range of interests, skills sets and career paths, and may be used to describe a clinician who sees and treats patients; an epidemiologist with a master's degree in public health who investigates the cause of disease outbreaks; a veterinarian who specializes in wildlife rehabilitation; a practitioner in complementary therapies such as chiropractic and acupuncture; or a health administrator who manages the delivery of healthcare. Health professions vary in philosophy, career lifestyle, education duration, and earning capacity.

Students are encouraged to explore a variety of health professions during their time at Smith. Before committing to a certain profession—and the degree required to pursue that profession—you should be confident that your chosen path is the right fit.

In addition to the profession-specific links to the right, you may find the following links useful: