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Medical & Health Sciences

Medical and Paramedical Sciences

Nothing is more important than our health. Without good health we fail to function as human beings, let alone achieve anything like peak performance.

Health is important to us at ECU too.

Here, you can study a Science degree in areas as diverse as Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sports Science, or Paramedical Science. Or choose other health-related courses like Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, or Speech Pathology.

If you have a passion for enhancing the quality of people's lives, this is a study area that offers you a variety of employment opportunities.

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Unique opportunities in Western Australia

At ECU we're always looking to create opportunities for students through new and exciting courses.

  • We have the widest range of nationally and internationally accredited Occupational Health & Safety and Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology programs in Australia.
  • We also have the only accredited undergraduate Environmental Health major in Western Australia.
  • Our 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.
  • Our Exercise Science and Rehabilitation program was the first in the State to be accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), making graduates eligible to register as Accredited Exercise Physiologists.
  • ECU's Elite Athlete Program is backed by the Australian Sports Commission and supports elite athletes in achieving and balancing both their academic and sporting pursuits.
  • Our highly-popular Paramedical Science course is the only fully-accredited paramedic course in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food

ECU's Joondalup Campus is the first location to launch the Jamie’s Ministry of Food Mobile Kitchen in WA. The community-based, seven-week cooking program teaches Jamie’s basic home cooking skills to students, families and community groups.

In the three-year partnership, ECU will host the Mobile Kitchen at several locations including Joondalup, Bunbury and Mount Lawley Campuses, providing work integrated learning opportunities that support students’ employability.

Our researchers will also evaluate the program, conduct additional research activities and determine how social media helps translate new knowledge about healthy eating into the everyday lives and homes of participants.

Next program: Mount Lawley Campus from Wednesday 27 September - Tuesday 14 November 2017.

Student 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.

Courses

Courses

Our undergraduate courses lay the groundwork for a variety of future careers in health and medicine.

This includes areas like medical science, human biology, laboratory-based research, emergency medical services, health promotion, nutrition, environmental health, occupational safety and health, exercise and sports science and occupational therapy.

Study areas, degrees and majors

To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 8 study areas across ECU – Medical & Health Sciences is one of those study areas.

Within this study area you can choose an undergraduate degree, for example a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), a Bachelor of Health Science, or a Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

For some degrees, like Health Science, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Environmental Health, Addiction Studies or Nutrition.

Postgraduate degrees involve coursework or research. For example, you can study our Master of Public Health by Research, or a Master of Paramedical Science (coursework).

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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.

And working with ECU’s Health Simulation Centre, paramedical students receive enhanced clinical learning practices through simulation-based resources.

Learn in best labs

Learn in the best labs

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

  • Science laboratories: includes anatomy, microbiology, genetics, histology, physiology and biochemistry facilities, along with fluorescence microscopy and digital imaging.
  • 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 work areas for food preparation, cooking and tasting and food analysis.
  • Nutritional Assessment laboratory: 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 for studying 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.
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Internship experiences pay off for Medical & Health Sciences students

Internships Program for high achievers

The School of Medical and Health Sciences Internship Program is aimed at high-achieving undergraduate students. In addition to practicum placements, students can gain additional experience as an intern with local industry for 10-15 hours per week over a 6-9 month period.

As the three students in this video demonstrate, it’s a great opportunity to enhance your work readiness while increasing your professional networks and even creating employment when you graduate.

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The Payoff

The Payoff

For the 11th year in a row, ECU graduates have given a 5-star rating for teaching quality in the 2018 Good Universities Guide.

This record is unmatched by all but two other Australian universities.

ECU has also received the highest student satisfaction rating of all public universities in the 2017 Australian Government QILT survey.

More than 86% of our students rated their overall university experience positively.

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It’s 'hands on' from day one, regardless of the course you choose to study.



Meghann Laverty

"I wanted the opportunity to work anywhere in Australia as well as overseas."

"When I applied for Paramedical Science at ECU, it was the only university in WA offering the nationally-accredited course and I’ve stayed because of the industry partnerships with St John Ambulance Northern Territory and Falck. I really enjoy working with the lecturers; they all have practical experience out on road and within the industry so they can continually educate us, while providing a lot of guidance and support."

Meghann Laverty

Paramedical Science student

Callum Robinson

"I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in medical research."

"I heard ECU’s Biomedical Science course covered many different aspects of medical research, including genetics and human biology, so I saw this as a prime opportunity to further my education in this field. I’ve been able to gain practical experience in a laboratory outside of university and found this has increased the value of my CV immensely. My greatest achievement would have to be the International Science Project unit where we visited Tianjin Medical University in Tianjin, China. The trip and experiences have been invaluable! Another great achievement for me is receiving the Fertility North Prize in Reproductive Biology. This award has opened the door for possible postgraduate studies in an established laboratory."

Callum Robinson

Biomedical Science student


Belinda Owen

"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 learnings. Having an accredited course is really important given the professional recognition that it provides. The great thing about this course is that I can study online at a time that is convenient for me."

Belinda Owen

Master of Occupational Health and Safety student

Padraig Roche

"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. 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."

Padraig Roche

Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) student

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