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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.
At ECU we're always looking to create opportunities for students through new and exciting courses.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Internship experiences pay off for Medical & Health Sciences students
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.
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.
It’s 'hands on' from day one, regardless of the course you choose to study.
Exercise Science & Rehabilitation
Exercise & Sports Science
"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."
Paramedical Science student
"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."
Biomedical Science student
"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."
Master of Occupational Health and Safety student
"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."
Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) student
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