8 Healthcare Podcasts That Help Educate, Entertain and Motivate
By Anna Heinrich on 01/29/2019
Finding time to cook healthy meals, exercise, get enough sleep and focus on all aspects of your physical, mental and emotional health is almost a second job in itself. Health and healthcare are important to you though, and you want to make sure you are getting the most up-to-date and relevant information.
While you may not have time to sit and watch the news every morning or your lunch break is too short for you to scan through the latest health headlines, you can get your health fix from podcasts.
To save you even more time, we’ve rounded up eight healthcare podcasts that cover topics from medical must-knows to the latest on healthcare policy, so you can stay up to date on the industry. Download these podcasts, pop in your earbuds and get educated on what’s going on in the world of healthcare.
8 Healthcare podcasts worth checking out
There are plenty of quality healthcare podcasts out there available to stream. So where should you begin? This list should help get your started.
You may be well-versed in TED Talks—videos of the talks are commonly circulated. If you aren’t, you should know that TED Talks usually run the gamut of topics, with world-class speakers and experts weighing in on relevant (and sometimes controversial) topics.
While the “TED” in TED Talk stands for technology, education and design, the talks do tout a huge array of health-focused speeches. You can choose to listen to talks on cancer research, exercise, mental health, drug abuse and much more.
Food and health go hand in hand. You are what you eat, after all. In The Doctor’s Farmacy, Dr. Mark Hyman takes a look at the interconnectedness of our food system, healthcare politics and our overall health.
Episodes are released weekly and feature conversations on how to rethink disease and reimagine the food and healthcare systems. Recent episodes include “Should We All Avoid Gluten?”; “How Food Marketing is Making Us Sick and Fat” and “The Most Important Medicine for Your Health.”
You won’t walk away from this podcast with the latest healthcare news, but you will walk away thoroughly entertained. This humor-infused podcast focuses on real health issues and what you should know about them.
Can fevers cause brain damage? Which is worse—a dog bite or a cat bite? How can you prepare yourself in common life-threatening situations? All of these questions are answered in these fun, binge-worthy episodes.
If you’re more interested in the policy side of healthcare, check out Healthcare Happy Hour. This podcast is produced by the National Association of Healthcare Underwriters and covers more in-depth nonmedical healthcare topics.
With new episodes every week, you can ensure you’re up to date on the latest issues. Previous episodes include “How the Opioids Bill Could Impact Employer Healthcare Costs,” “ACA on the Docket & Political Prospects of Single Payer” and “Catalyst for Payment Reform on the Employer Driven Shift to Value Based Care.”
5. Code Red
Code Red is produced by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The focus is on healthcare cybersecurity and is an appealing choice for those interested in health information management and electronic health records (EHRs).
Episodes are published sporadically, but topics remain relevant as healthcare increasingly relies on EHRs and how to protect patient data. The HIMSS website claims the goal of this podcast is to “explore the interplay between the people, processes & technologies that make up an organization’s cybersecurity posture from both a leadership & skills-based perspective.”
This podcast puts an emphasis on medicine; the 400+ episode podcast aims to educate health professionals about drug therapy through the use of evidence-based studies and practical information. The two hosts of the podcast describe the show as the “Mythbusters” of drug therapy.
The first episode began in 2009 and has covered topics such as opioids, the ketogenic diet, the impact of poverty on health, and electronic cigarettes. Each episode focuses on a topic and often humorously breaks down the rumors, myths and facts surrounding the issue. While geared toward pharmacists and physicians, anyone with an interest in medical skepticism can listen in.
Infectious disease lovers, unite! Two ecologists and epidemiologists break down a variety of weird medical mysteries and discuss germs, parasites and a whole slew of diseases in an informative and engaging way.
From Ebola to yellow fever to the GMOAT (Greatest Mortality of All Time—black death), you’ll learn the origin of infectious diseases, how they spread and whether you should still be afraid of them. This podcast is designed for any inquisitive mind, so don’t worry if you aren’t sure what epidemiology even is—you’ll learn that and more along the way!
Take back your health and learn healthy tricks and tips with Chris Kresser. Learn the truth about nutrition, health and wellness. Each podcast episode features guest speakers, ranging from doctors to firefighters to dietitians.
You’ll discover what the latest research says about probiotics, the truth about saturated fat, a new model of care for chronic disease and much more. New episodes are released about every two to three weeks, helping you stay on top of the latest trends in health.
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Now that you have easier access to the latest healthcare trends and news, you are considering putting your passions to good use. Furthering your education and joining the healthcare industry could provide you the path you need to explore your interests and make a positive impact in the world.
Before diving into a career or education, you may want to get a better handle on the opportunities available to you. Learn how you can get out into the healthcare world sooner with our article, “The Ultimate List of Healthcare Jobs You Can Launch in 2 Years or Less.”