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The Health Care industry cluster contains industries primarily associated with the treatment and prevention of illness and disease.

In addition to the practice of medicine, many job functions are found in this cluster, including administrative, managerial, sales, human services and advocacy.

Some areas that involve the development and delivery of health care include:

  • Public Health and Health Care Policy
  • Medicine and Health Care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biotechnology

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Resume & Cover Letter Samples

Health Care Resume Sample
Health Care Cover Letter Sample 

Campus Resources

The Center for Medicine, Health, and Society:
This multidisciplinary center draws on a variety of fields in the social sciences and humanities to study health and health care in their social and cultural contexts. Find out about research projects, for-credit internships, and events hosted by the department for students interested in this field

The Institute for Global Health:
The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health is committed to advancing health and development in resource-limited regions. With projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the institute facilitates many opportunities for research, training and service that benefit the developing world.

The Center for Community Health Solutions:
This center connects students to a group of community outreach projects whose goal is to support people working at the grassroots level to take control of their physical, social, political and environmental health. These projects involve various health-related agencies including:

For more information on how to find internships and other opportunities within these organizations, contact Barbara Clinton.


Student Groups

Global Health

Kampala Project:
This summer non-credit bearing global service opportunity provides an overview of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in East Africa, the cultural and societal impact of HIV/AIDS, an overview of human rights issues in East Africa, and consideration of the ethical issues involved in volunteerism and service in the developing world.

Lwala Health-Service Learning Project:
This program connects students with global health initiatives in the community of Lwala, Kenya.

Face AIDS - Vanderbilt Chapter:
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to mobilizing and inspiring students to fight AIDS in Africa. Face AIDS aims to build a broad-based movement of students seeking to increase global health equality.

Honors Societies

Alpha Epsilon Delta:
The national health pre-professional honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta is dedicated to the encouragement and recognition of excellence in pre-professional health scholarship, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary and other health fields.

Volunteer Opportunities

Red Cross Chapter at Vanderbilt:
American Red Cross at Vanderbilt is committed to extending the mission of American Red Cross to Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. Working closely with Red Cross Nashville Chapter, they provide health and safety training opportunities while also sponsoring blood drives.

Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science:
VSVS is a service organization composed of undergraduate, graduate and medical students who are committed to bringing inquiry-based, hands-on science lessons to middle-school students.

Vanderbilt Cancer Society:
The Vandy Cancer Society (VCS) is committed to cancer awareness, service and education in the community.  VCS's services and volunteer opportunities involve undergraduates, graduate and professional students, faculty, and the Nashville community.


Exploring Different Careers in Health Care

A good place to start exploring the rich variety of careers in the health professions is by visiting the Explore Health Careers website. It offers helpful information on the full range of health careers, suggestions on how to best prepare for each career, relevant statistics and additional resources.

You may also consult the extensive, but not exhaustive, list of online resources compiled below.Healthcare Exploration


Chiropractic Medicine

Genetics and Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling
Human Genetics

Health Administration and Policy

Global Health

Medical Illustration

Medical and Science Writing

Medical Devices

Naturopathic Medicine




Occupational Therapy



Physician Assistant

Physical Therapy


Psychology and Mental Health

Public Health

Public Health Organizations

Speech Therapy and Speech Pathology

Sports Medicine


Gap Year Options

These individuals took time off before pursuing post-graduate opportunities in medicine. Read about their decisions and contact them if you would like to learn more about their experiences.

Aelwen Wetherby

E-mail: Aelwen Wetherby
Degree you are presently pursuing: M.D.
Nature of time off:
Field: Public Health/Clinical Research
Organization Name: Arctic Investigations Program
Location: Alaska
Job Title: Research Assistant
How long? 3 years
Why did you find it beneficial to take time off?
I am so happy that I decided to take time off. Immediately after finishing college, I felt like I needed to do something different than going straight on to more school. While I had completed all of my premed requirements (including taking the MCAT) as an undergraduate, I also wanted more time to think about whether medical school was really what I wanted to do. Starting medical school this year, I feel much more confident about my decision to pursue a career in medicine. My time off has given me a much better perspective on why I am here and – while it has left me a bit rusty in some of the sciences – I think I'm much better equipped to deal with the demands and stresses of medical school.

Kristie Aamodt

Email: Kristie Aamodt
Degree you are presently pursuing: M.D., Ph.D. (MSTP combined degree program)
Nature of time off:
Field: Biomedical Research
Organization Name: Children's Hospital Boston
Location: Boston, MA
Job Title: Research Assistant
How long? 2 years
Why did you find it beneficial to take time off?
I originally moved to Boston during my final undergraduate year because a researcher in my field, whom I greatly respected, had invited me to come work for him. Even though I was technically still a student, I only had to finish writing my thesis and take one online course to get my bachelor's degree. My plan was to spend that year finishing up those two requirements while applying to graduate (PhD) programs in the biomedical sciences.

However, being in a research environment in which the questions we addressed were inspired by the patients our physician saw each morning made me realize that I wanted that kind of inspiration in my research. So I decided to take another year and apply to combined degree (MD PhD) programs. In addition to changing my educational and career goals, spending those two years in Boston provided me with precious experience and time to hone my research skills technically as well as intellectually ,which has already been a huge benefit to me in my current program.


Zach Yoneda

Email: Zach Yoneda
Degree are you presently pursuing: M.D.
Nature of time off:
Field: Health Care Policy Research
Organization: Harvard Medical School/MacArthur Foundation
Location: Boston, MA
Job Title: Research Assistant
How Long? 1 Year
Why did you find it beneficial to take time off?
A bunch of things came together for me, any one of which would not have been all that pertinent, but when taken in aggregate drew me in that direction. I wanted to appreciate what working a nine to five workday was like before starting med school. I wanted to get the college lifestyle out of my system. I wanted to continue working with a great mentor I had for my senior thesis. I majored in economics not biochemistry in college and wanted to put my economics studies to bed before starting something in a different vein. I did not feel like taking the MCAT junior year of college. Any one of those things wouldn't have done it, but collectively it just felt right to take a year.


VU Alumni Share Their Professional Stories


Paul Asper (MBA'10)
Regional Operations Director, DaVita