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Medical & Health Sciences

If you have a passion for enhancing the quality of people's lives, this study area offers you a variety of health-related courses and career directions. Here, you can specialise in areas like Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sports Science, Paramedicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

    View QILT results.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

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.

Medical & Health Sciences

If you already know what you're interested in, choose a discipline.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

Full accreditation for Environmental Health at ECU

Whether visiting illegal backyard drug labs or the local café, the job of an Environmental Health Officer is a varied one. Environmental Health Officers help to keep people safe – this includes testing water quality, ensuring food is handled hygienically, and checking that houses used to produce illicit drugs are safe for occupation after police have finished their investigation.

The good news is there's strong demand for professionals in this discipline and our Bachelor of Health Science offers qualifications through an Environmental Health major.

It's the only undergraduate course in WA, and only one of five nationally to be fully- accredited by Environmental Health Australia (EHA).

Explore your options

  • Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Jacques Oosthuizen is investigating the affects of hazardous chemicals on firefighters.

  • Science student Tamara Pullella, who is majoring in Occupational Therapy, talks about her course and why she chose to study at ECU.

  • Belinda Owen, Master of Occupational Health & Safety student, talks about the flexibility offered by online study.

  • Bachelor of Medical Science student, Melissa, discusses why she chose to study Medical Science at ECU, and the benefits of guest lecturers from industry.

  • Associate Dean of Public Health and OHS and Professor of Public Medicine Amanda Devine is working to develop education resources about healthy food and drinks for kids.

  • "Practical experiences, including the placements really helped shape where I wanted to go for a meaningful career."

  • Associate Professor Erin Godecke is Senior Research Fellow in Speech Pathology and the Clinical Director of the Very Early Rehabilitation in SpeEch (VERSE) Trial for Aphasia after Stroke.

  • Master of Public Health by Research student Nathan Hambly discusses his Addiction Studies major and why he chose ECU.

  • ECU's Exercise Medicine Research Institute's work with exercise and cancer patients is having a significant impact on the rate of survivorship, especially in the area of prostate cancer, where the EMRI team is leading the world.

  • In this short video, Course Coordinator, Associate Professor Greg Haff explains how ECU is Australia's only Level 2 accreditation provider for strength and conditioning.

  • Senior Lecturer and researcher Dr Carolyn McIntyre is an integral part of ECU's exercise medicine oncology team.

  • Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) student Meghann Laverty talks about her ECU experience.

  • Health Science student Shona Halleen, who is majoring in Nutrition, talks about her course and why she chose to study at ECU.

  • Lecturer Natalie Ciccone and students discuss Speech Pathology at ECU, including the benefits of gaining practical experience from year one.

  • Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Jacques Oosthuizen is investigating the affects of hazardous chemicals on firefighters.

  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics graduates, Tristan Schwartzkopff and Amber Harland discuss some of the best things about studying this course at ECU, including the great facilities and the work placement opportunity.

  • Professor of Strength and Conditioning Greg Haff's research is focussed on encouraging kids to start building their fitness through Youth Resistance Training.

  • Master of Nutrition and Dietetics graduate, Jayde Sedgman talks about her role as a sports dietitian working with the Fremantle Football Club, and what she enjoyed about studying at ECU.

  • Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics Therese O'Sullivan's research into dairy products for children has received global attention.

  • Master of Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology student Constanze Spicer talks about study at ECU.

  • I was always interested in athletic performance.

Student stories

  • Claire Mason

    Exercise and Sports Science and Exercise Science and Rehabilitation graduate

    "You have the opportunity to experience the workplace"

    I was looking to upskill into a clinical setting and ECU was the only university in Western Australia that was offering the accredited course. The lecturers are all very renowned in their own fields. Their current research is within the areas that they teach us. This means that we are getting the most up-to-date information in the lectures and labs. They were all very approachable and supportive should we need help with any of the assignments or topics that we covered.

  • Kristian Popovic

    Kristian Popovic

    ECU Exercise and Sports Science student and Perth Glory footballer

    "The course has really helped me in my aspirations to be a pro-footballer"

    I am originally from Sydney, and was recommended to study at ECU by a well-known person in the field of sports science. Since starting at ECU, I have not been disappointed - the ECU Joondalup campus is large and home to the latest technology and facilities.

    The course has really helped me in my aspirations to be a pro-footballer, helping to develop my knowledge in areas such as recovery strategies, nutrition and coaching. I would highly recommend ECU to anybody looking to study sports science.

  • Callum May

    Callum May

    Speech Pathology graduate

    "My course allowed me to undertake practical placements in every semester"

    I chose Speech Pathology at ECU because I was interested in the area of communication and I was warmly welcomed into a very supportive learning environment.

    The course allowed me to undertake practicum placements in every semester since the very beginning.

    Practical experience, in my opinion, is the gateway to gaining a proper insight into speech pathology and the best preparation for having a job after university.