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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?

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    Top public uni in WA for Health

    ECU has been ranked the top public university in Western Australia for undergraduate Health Services and Support education for learning resources, student support, teaching quality and quality of educational experience. Source: QILT Student Experience Survey 2020.

  • 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 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 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings. View rankings.

  • THE Impact Rankings

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the top 50 for Gender Equality (24th), Good Health and Wellbeing (24th) and Quality Education (41st) in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact rankings, showing how universities are working towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact 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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Domestic Students

International Students

Become World Ready

Experience Medical & Health Sciences at ECU.

World Ready facilities

  • Exercise physiology lab
    Exercise Physiology Lab
  • Nutrition lab
    Nutrition Lab
  • Vario health clinic gym
    Vario Health Clinic gym
  • Paramedical Science lab
    Paramedical Science Lab
  • Occupational Therapy lab
    Occupational Therapy Lab
  • Strength and conditioning lab
    Strength & Conditioning Lab

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

Short courses at ECU

You probably know that ECU offers more than 250 undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a diverse range of study areas.

But you may not know that we offer short courses, providing professional development opportunities for industry professionals.

Short courses are delivered by most of our schools, including Medical & Health Sciences. For more information, visit www.ecu.edu.au/short-courses/medical-health-sciences.

Explore your options

  • "Because we work with real patients at ECU, I was job-ready when I started in my OT role at MSWA."

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "The practical side of my studies gave me the confidence to become a physical trainer at the WA Police Academy."

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

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

  • I was always interested in athletic performance.

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

  • 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.

  • Most of us take communication for granted - but for people with a disorder, it's a daily challenge. Find out more about Speech Pathology, and how you could make a huge difference to the quality of someone’s life as a trained Speech Pathologist.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • "Working with autistic children in a prac placement was a critical moment and led to my current role at the Telethon Kids Institute."

  • "ECU provided me with a great set of skills to critically think about the world."

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

Student stories

  • Callum McCaskie

    Callum McCaskie

    ECU PhD candidate (Sports Science)

    I definitely recommend conducting an industry-based PhD at ECU.

    Conducting my PhD in Sports Science with ECU and the West Coast Eagles has allowed me to create great networks at the university and within the industry. ECU has a fantastic group of staff supporting postgraduate students with up skilling sessions, webinars, and extra advice sessions to ensure students receive the help they need.

  • Callum May

    Callum May

    ECU 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.

  • Yosuke Kotani

    Yosuke Kotani

    ECU Integrated PhD candidate (Exercise Science)

    I would like to become a professor and strength and conditioning coach

    I got a masters degree in the United States, but had no research experience before I came to ECU. I wanted to pursue my PhD under Dr. Haff and Dr. Nosaka.

    The first year of the Integrated PhD helped me gain research skills such as writing, reading, presenting, and skills needed for experimentation. My supervisors have been devoting so much of their time to assist me to gain these skills.