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Exercise and Health Sciences

Set amongst native bushland on our Joondalup campus, the School of Exercise and Health Sciences provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment for our students.

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

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


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.

Why Study Online

Why Study Online?

At ECU we understand that everyone is different.

Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.

That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our courses online.

Now you can study where you want, when you want.

Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.

And just because you're not on campus doesn't mean we'll forget you. Online students get our full support too.


Why Postgrad Study

Why Postgrad Study?

Are you passionate about a particular area or field of work?

Have you just completed a degree and think you’d like to go onto postgraduate study?

Maybe you've been working as a professional and you’d like to gain a competitive advantage or change career direction?

Whatever your reason or background, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU.

And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options too.


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).

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 are fully-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

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 their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.

And we've achieved these ratings for six years in a row – from 2009 to 2014.

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.

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ECU Exercise and Sports Science student, Chantelle du Plessis talks about her experience.


Hear from our students

Luke Kavcic

"I wanted to study something that I'm really passionate about."

"I chose ECU's Sports Science and Football course because it's the only one of its kind in Australia, and I wanted to study something that I'm really passionate about. My lecturers have been very approachable and helpful, and the facilities are excellent."

Luke Kavcic

ECU Sports Science and Football student

Shane Ukich

"Studying at ECU gives you the opportunity to really develop your academic and practical skills."

"Throughout my Health Science course, I had the chance to undertake practicum placement at the Perth branch of the Heart Foundation, which led to full-time employment with another health employer."

Shane Ukich

ECU Health Science (Health Promotion major) graduate


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.

Current Students

www.facebook.com/students.ecu

ECU Student Guild

www.facebook.com/ECUGuild

Before you enrol with us you might want to check out this page too:

Future Students

www.facebook.com/ecujourney

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