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.
"I was excited to study under the world-renowned professors in ECU's Exercise Medicine Research Institute"
I am currently the Exercise Clinic Lead at GenesisCare in the UK and wanted to gain a further qualification in Exercise Oncology. I was excited to study under the world-renowned professors in ECU's Exercise Medicine Research Institute, and online study made this possible.
The course content is up-to-date and the format of the online study is well organised. The online discussion boards provide valuable support and are a good source of information.
The research module that I completed has given me the confidence to present to a variety of audiences, including oncologists, patients and fellow health care professionals.
"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!
I've also received the Fertility North Prize in Reproductive Biology. This award has opened the door for possible postgraduate studies in an established laboratory.
"Improving community health"
Master of Public Health student, Rena Vithiatharan, talks about studying the course with ECU. Rena discusses why she chose to study Public Health to equip her to work with communities and working with people to improve their health and their lives. Her course covers a broad spectrum of public health issues, from communicable diseases, epidemiology, aspects of leadership and strategic decision making.