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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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If you already have something in mind, you can choose a Medical & Health Sciences discipline to explore course options.

World-ranked Sports Science

World-ranked Sport Sciences

ECU's Exercise Physiology Lab provides testing for elite sportspeople.

If you're considering Sports Science as a career, you'll find it hard to go past ECU.

The university has been ranked in the world's top 100 for Sports Science in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.

And our Sports Science program also ranked in the world's top 25 in the 2018 ShanghaiRanking global survey of Sports Science Schools and Departments.

Browse courses below for Exercise Science or Sports Science options.

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 professionally accredited (nationally and internationally) Occupational Health & Safety and Occupational Hygiene & Toxicology programs in Australia.
  • We also have the only professionally 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 professionally 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 and professionally accredited paramedic course in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food

Jaime Oliver Ministry of Food

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food van at Joondalup Campus.

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 7-week program: Joondalup Campus from Wednesday 5 September 2018.

ECU scholarships

At ECU, our scholarships aren't just awarded to academic high achievers. We award scholarships to all kinds of students for all kinds of reasons.

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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).

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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

Internship 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 12th year in a row, ECU graduates have given a 5-star rating for teaching quality in the 2019 Good Universities Guide.

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

ECU has been rated Australia's top public university for student experience in the 2018 Australian Government QILT survey.

More than 85% of our students rated their overall university experience positively.


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