Welcome to the Health and Life Science interest community!

Members of this community are interested in careers that combine their love of science with their desire to help people.

People who pursue careers in Health and Life Sciences take knowledge from science and other related sources and apply it to research and clinical practices to maintain and improve the health of living beings.

Examples of career pathways include (but are not limited to): diagnostic services, therapeutic services, support services, health informatics, and biotechnology research and development. Professionals work in hospitals, dental offices and laboratories, government and private research centers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, community and public agencies, and large health care organizations.

Exploring employers in life science and biomedical research

Molecular Sciences Building at dusk. Photo by Katherine B. Turner

Here in Seattle, there’s a lot of research activity.  Experts are leading projects and students are building their research skills, experiences and networks in labs and on projects all throughout the UW and in well-known local employers like Fred Hutch,

By Patrick Chidsey
Patrick Chidsey Associate Director & Career Coach Patrick Chidsey
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Careers in the public health sphere

Career Fair-13 (1)

Public Health is an area with a wide array of career opportunities. Some students choose to go towards ensuring clean water and air, while other students focus on fighting obesity and depression. In order to figure out which area of …

By Alison McCarty
Alison McCarty Assistant Director & Career Coach Alison McCarty
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Gain healthcare experience as a medical scribe

PhysAssist Scribes

If you are interested in a career in the medical field, you should consider trying to gain as much clinical exposure and experience as possible during your undergraduate years. This includes shadowing, observations, volunteering, and a variety of paid or …

By Shannon Merchant
Shannon Merchant Career Counselor Shannon Merchant
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Exploring careers in health care with any major


Recently, 75 students in majors ranging from Biology to English to Anthropology attended a panel and networking session on Careers in Health Care for All Majors. Our panelists from Neighbhorcare Health, King County Public Health, and UW Medicine had great …

By Caitlin Goldbaum
Caitlin Goldbaum Career Coach Caitlin Goldbaum
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“Ask an Alum”- Computer Engineering student to Physician

Ask An Alum for U Connect

Chester Chan is an alum of University of Washington- Seattle. While at UW, Chester studied Computer Engineering with a minor in Music. He was also involved in Golden Key International Honour Society, research, internships, intramural sports, and various volunteer and …

By Izzy Wroblewski
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