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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.

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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.

Why ECU?

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.

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

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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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Short courses at ECU

You probably know that ECU offers more than 250 undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a diverse range of study areas.

But you may not know that we offer short courses, providing professional development opportunities for industry professionals.

Short courses are delivered by most of our schools, including Medical & Health Sciences. For more information, visit www.ecu.edu.au/short-courses/medical-health-sciences.

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Exercise and Sports Science graduate and West Coast Eagles key defender Eric Mackenzie shares a typical day in his busy life.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science) student Meghann Laverty talks about her ECU experience.

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

  • Lecturer Natalie Ciccone and students discuss Speech Pathology at ECU, including the benefits of gaining practical experience from year one.

Student
stories

  • "I was excited to study under the world-renowned professors in ECU's Exercise Medicine Research Institute"
    Joshila Devile
    Joshila DevileECU Exercise Medicine (Oncology) student

    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"
    Biomedical Science student, Callum Robinson
    Callum RobinsonBiomedical Science student

    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"
    Rena Vithiatharan Master of Public Health graduate

    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.

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