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Exercise and Health Sciences

Based at our Joondalup campus, the School of Exercise and Health Sciences provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment for our students.

This includes purpose-built OT and nutrition-related laboratories and exercise testing facilities that are regularly used by elite athletes and high performance sports teams.

If you’re considering a career in health sciences, you should choose ECU to study nutrition, occupational therapy, occupational safety and health, sports science, or any of our increasingly popular degrees.

We incorporate industry practice modules into our courses so you'll receive practical and genuine experience before you graduate, preparing you for your chosen career path.

Unique programs and opportunities

At ECU we're always looking to provide our students and the wider community with new and exciting programs.

Bachelor of Science (Sports Science and Football) is the only course of its kind in Australia, offering a solid foundation of both science and football‑related units, including Physiology, Performance Analysis and Advanced Coaching and Leadership and Management in Football.

ECU's Elite Athlete Program is backed by the Australian Sports Commission and supports elite athletes, like Fremantle Dockers midfielder Tendai Mzungu and Perth Wildcats co-captain Damian Martin, in achieving and balancing both their academic and sporting pursuits.

Vario Wellness Clinic – our Vario Wellness Clinic is staffed by allied health professionals and is open to the community for consultations for physiotherapy, dietetics, psychology, clinical psychology and exercise physiology.

Spinal Injury Centre – ECU's partnership with Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, has led to the creation of the ‘Walk On' rehabilitation program, based at our Health and Wellness Institute.

Exercising curious minds

The School of Exercise and Health Sciences has an active research program that includes the Child Health Promotion Research Centre and the Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research.

On the pulse of muscle therapy

Exercise and Health Sciences researchers have investigated the effectiveness of electromagnetic therapy in treating musculoskeletal conditions, testing the effectiveness of a hand held 'e-cell' device as small as a computer mouse to ease muscle pain within 30 minutes.

Athletic development and school sports

An Exercise and Health Sciences lecturer is investigating fitness and physiological changes among students who play school sport to better understand how students change, grow and become fitter.

Access to scholarships

With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.

Your Degree

Your Degree

The School of Exercise and Health Sciences has undergraduate degree programs that can lead to rewarding careers in health promotion, nutrition, environmental health, occupational safety and health, exercise and sports science, occupational therapy, and more.

Our undergraduate courses can also lead to postgraduate study in areas like Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Health and Safety and Public Health.

Study areas, degrees and majors

To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU – Exercise & Health Sciences is one of those study areas.

Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) or a Bachelor of Health Science.

Within our Health Science degree, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Addiction Studies, Nutrition, or Health Promotion.

Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. For example, you can study our Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) or a Master of Public Health (by Research).

Exercise & Health Sciences degrees

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Double degree option

This double degree will provide you with the skills required to contribute to the development and marketing of products and services which utilise Australia's strong scientific and technological expertise.

Postgraduate degrees

A Closer Look

A Closer Look

Our exercise laboratories are considered some of the best in the Southern Hemisphere.

We attract high performance sports teams for testing, including the AIS and Cycling Australia professional cycling teams, the West Coast Eagles, Perth Wildcats and many other elite athletes.

Purpose built laboratories

The School's purpose-built laboratories are fully-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and cater to the different functions in biomedical science.

  • Strength and Conditioning laboratory: has the capacity to conduct training studies and evaluate neuromuscular performance.
  • Nutrition Food laboratory: has a food demonstration and teaching area, computing stations for dietary analysis and diet development and individual or group work areas for food preparation, cooking and tasting and food analysis.
  • Nutritional Assessment laboratory: reflects a realistic hospital setting with high tech equipment for measuring body composition and metabolic rate and analysing blood samples and is fully functional for dietary and physical assessments.
  • Occupational Therapy laboratories and teaching suites: have specialised equipment to help you study OT, gaining hands-on skills in physical rehabilitation, assistive technology and communication technology.
  • Human Performance Centre: this biomechanics lab gives students the chance to get involved in sporting and health‑related activities to gain practical experience.

Give up your desk job!

Go inside our School of Exercise and Health Sciences and see some of our great facilities. Hear from students about studying on-campus and online and watch research students present their work in our annual Three Minute Thesis competition.

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Inside ECU’s School of Exercise and Health Sciences.

The Payoff

The Payoff

In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.

We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.

There is a high demand for generic skills in the workplace, with employers increasingly recruiting graduates who can demonstrate more than technical skills. This includes the ability to manage your time, being culturally aware, being a team player and being flexible and adaptable in your work.

So when you graduate with a Science or Health Science degree at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!

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Exercise Science and Rehabilitation student, Claire Mason talks about her experience.

Hear from our students

Luke Kavcic

"The ECU course is flexible and I can study it online."

"I’m really passionate about safety, for me it’s really important to ensure the safety and health of employees in a workplace. Studying occupational health and safety at ECU was an easy thing to decide to do because it enhances those skills and can help me contribute in the workplace. I was already in the field when I commenced the course and that was one of the reasons I wanted to start studying – to enhance my professional learning’s. Having an accredited course is really important given the professional recognition that it provides. The great thing about the ECU course is that it is flexible and I can study it online at a time that is convenient for me, or at times where work is less busy and when I have less demands."

Belinda Owen

Master of Occupational Health and Safety student

Shane Ukich

"ECU’s course was by far the best choice. "

"I had searched the UK, America and Australia for a Master of Strength and Conditioning program that allowed me to study online while working full-time and ECU’s course was by far the best choice. The skills and knowledge that I have attained while studying at ECU have been used in every aspect of my day-to-day role in order to better prepare my athletes. The most beneficial aspect of this course is the staff and lecturers that deliver the units. After meeting and speaking to them, I realised they are not only experts in their chosen fields, but they also have huge practical experience working in the area of strength and conditioning. My greatest personal achievement to date includes being part of an amazing football club as the Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach for Arsenal Football Club. Overall ECU is a wonderful university which offers a program that caters to all individuals and enhanced my learning experience by providing information and ideas that can be applied to all aspects of my work."

Padraig Roche

Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) student

Our student community

We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.

You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.

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