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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?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

    View QILT results.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards 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 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University 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.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

Explore your options

  • Investigating the benefits of exercise for cancer patients

  • Investigating language difficulty after stroke

  • Researching human addiction

  • Hygiene factors

  • Speech Pathology studies at ECU

  • A day in the life

  • Regular-fat dairy mythbusters

  • A course with strong ties to industry

  • The ECU course is flexible and I can study it online

  • Occupational Therapy at ECU

  • Firefighters battling invisible hazards

  • Educating children about food and drink choices

  • Stronger kids can lead to less injuries in adulthood

  • Working with elite athletes

  • Lecturers with practical experience

  • Exercise Science & Rehabilitation

  • Medical Science

  • Graduate as an accredited practising dietician

  • Healthy study choice

  • I didn't realise that exercise could save my life

  • Exercise & Sports Science

  • Firefighters battling invisible hazards

Student stories

  • Biomedical Science student, Callum Robinson

    Callum Robinson

    Biomedical 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!

    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.

  • Joshila Devile

    Joshila Devile

    ECU Exercise Medicine (Oncology) student

    "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.

  • Belinda Owen

    Master of Occupational Health and Safety 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.