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.
World Ready facilities
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 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.
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.
Hear from our students
"ECU offers the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning"
I chose ECU because of the practical components the course offered and also because of the small cohort.
ECU offers occupational therapy (OT) students with the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning, which gave us the beneficial component of having hands-on experience.
These placements really provided us with the opportunity to experience what occupational therapy was all about and prepared us for the real world.
The staff within the OT department at ECU have experience working in the field, so when we had any questions the answers were just that much more relevant.
Prior to commencing my studies at ECU, I always believed that OT was disability focused, but through the practical experiences it provided me with the opportunity to really get a feel for the different fields within the OT profession.
"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.
"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.