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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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WD188
Applied Health Care

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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The BSc in Applied Health Care is designed to help you understand the varied needs of patients across the lifespan and enable you to deliver direct health care in hospitals, community care, general practice, pharmaceutical industry and health research. This course also prepares students for the emerging area of internet and telephone health care delivery. Clinical experience is an essential element of the course. Placement occurs in each year of the course, which allows the student to put theory into practice in a real health care setting.


 
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Graduates may be involved in the organisation and or delivery of direct health care in hospitals, community care, general practice, pharmaceutical industry and health research. The course also prepares students for the emerging area of internet and telephone health care delivery.

This is the first programme of its kind in Ireland and the underpinning philosophy is to ensure that all personnel working in health care are appropriately educated and trained to deliver safe care to the patients in a range of health care settings.


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Graduates may gain employment in the following areas:

  • Applied health care provision in variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, community care settings, nursing homes.

  • Managing and coordinating General Practices

  • Sales representatives in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Delivery of health care in the emerging tele-health industry

  • Health research

  • Postgraduate study



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