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.Find out more
Medical & Health Sciences at ECU
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.
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
At ECU, we group similar fields of work into study areas – Medical & Health Sciences is one of them.
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).
Medical & Health Sciences
If you already know what you're interested in, choose a discipline.
"I feel safe and a sense of belonging when I am at ECU"
I chose ECU for biomedical science because it has a flexible course structure. In my three years of studies, I was allowed to take units that interest me as electives, while also completing compulsory (core) units. It enhanced my whole study experience.
The atmosphere at ECU is inclusive and has a community feeling to it. I feel safe and a sense of belonging when I am at ECU. Lecturers are very engaging and approachable which helped me keep track on my studies. They are knowledgeable and passionate about the things they do.
If you are an international student who is new to ECU, get yourself involved as much as you can in whatever interests you. Help is always available and there are people ready to advocate for you if you need them. Join a club or a University activity, volunteer your time and put yourself out there!
"I did my research beforehand and found Exercise & Sports Science can pave the way for different career paths"
The course has taken my personal training to the next level (evidence-based training). It has also given me the opportunity to work with the West Coast Eagles.
I went to China last year and worked with coaches from China's Olympic team and I will possibly be in Sri Lanka later this year with their athletes and continue to fast track my development as a Sports Scientist.
I did my research beforehand and found Exercise & Sports Science can pave the way for different career paths. Strength & Conditioning, Exercise Physiology and Teaching Physical Education to name a few, but there are so many more.
I chose ECU because of their corporate partnerships with some of our country's biggest sporting organisations, including the West Coast Eagles, WACA, Wildcats, etc.
When asked about Ricky's placement, West Coast Eagles General Manager (Community and Game Development) Richard O'Connell said, "Ricky is actively involved in the running of our Academies, learning from experienced coaches and elite players."
"His enthusiasm is a great reflection of the support Edith Cowan University provide their students. His journey is a great path for others to follow.
"ECU has a reputation as one of the leading universities worldwide for studying Sports Science."
I wanted to complete a course that is world-class in its field to get recognition when applying for work. ECU has a reputation as being one of the leading universities worldwide when it comes to studying Sports Science.
This helps attract people from all over the world to study the course and allowed for great networking opportunities. The on-campus workshops were the highlight of the course and provided the chance to gain practical experience while developing relationships with people in many fields who I now call my friends.
While trying to complete my Master's, I was attempting to make my second Olympic team. The course structure, the online accessibility, and the availability of the lecturers helped me to manage everything. I still keep in contact with the lecturers who are more than willing to provide helpful advice.
Once graduated, I was able to apply for positions that I would not have been considered for previously. It has given me the applied knowledge in certain areas of Sports Science that I apply every day.