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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

    ECU’s 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has been achieved for 15 straight years! Five-star ratings were also achieved for undergraduate skills development, learner engagement, learning resources, student support and overall experience. All ratings are the best for a public university in Western Australia.

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  • 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

  • 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.

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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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.

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WA's leading university in Neuroscience Research

ECU's neuroscience research includes Alzheimer's disease, stroke and other acquired brain injury, Huntington's disease, spinal cord injury, neuro-rehabilitation and autism.

This ground-breaking work is reflected by ECU being the only Western Australian university to receive the highest possible Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rating in this field.

ECU also provides high-quality neuroscience postgraduate courses taught by experienced academics and clinical experts who work closely with industry partners.

Explore your options

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • I was always interested in athletic performance.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Science student Tamara Pullella, who is majoring in Occupational Therapy, talks about her course and why she chose to study at ECU.

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

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

  • Bachelor of Medical Science student, Melissa, discusses why she chose to study Medical Science at ECU, and the benefits of guest lecturers from industry.

  • Belinda Owen, Master of Occupational Health & Safety student, talks about the flexibility offered by online study.

  • 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.

Student stories

  • Reearna Morgan

    Reearna Morgan

    ECU Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Health Promotion majors) graduate

    I'm so grateful I was able to do a practicum placement.

    My placement was significant to my success and led to my dream job at Foodbank WA. This wouldn't have been possible without help from my lecturers.

  • Belinda Owen

    ECU Master of Occupational Health and Safety student

    The ECU course is flexible and I can study it online

    I'm really passionate about the safety and health of employees in a workplace. I was already in the field when I commenced this course and I wanted to enhance my professional learnings.

    Having an accredited course is really important given the professional recognition that it provides. The other great thing is that I can study online at convenient times.

  • Jesse Hesford

    Jesse Hesford

    ECU Exercise & Sports Science graduate. Head of 1st Team Performance Analysis, Perth Glory

    The course has prepared me for my current role with Perth Glory Football Club.

    The football performance major is not just about the football. It’s not just about being on-ground, learning about the tactics or the principle of play; it’s so much more than that. Like learning about skill acquisition or learning about leadership and sports psychology, which was of great interest to me.