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Health Science

Health Science is the study of the physical, psychological, social, and environmental dimensions of health. The overall goal of health science is the improvement of human health through scientific research.

Why ECU?

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    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.

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  • 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 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.


Study world ready

The Bachelor of Health Science offers a variety of career opportunities, and, depending on your choice of majors, can be a pathway to postgraduate studies in nutrition and dietetics, or occupational safety and health.

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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Become World Ready

Experience Health Science at ECU.

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

Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety

Our Bachelor of Health Sciences course has a new major - Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety.

This recognises the growth in Environmental Health in Australia. The major has been awarded accreditation from Environmental Health Australia so graduates can work as qualified Environmental Health Officers around Australia.

That would include playing a critical role in the fight against COVID-19, working in communities to implement prevention programs and strategies.

More about the major

Explore your options

ECU Environmental Health Graduate - Samantha Bilske
"The course opens many doors for graduates, both in Australia and overseas."

The Environmental Health lecturers at ECU are so approachable and want everyone to succeed. The course is also very hands-on and practical - this helped me to not only understand key theory, but also how to apply it in the workplace.

Upon completing my degree, my husband and I decided to move to the USA. I secured a position in Toxicology and Environmental Health before I had even arrived in the country! I've really enjoyed the experience of working and living overseas.

I truly believe the Health Science course at ECU helps to develop a diverse skillset that is appealing to many employers. It opens many doors for graduates, not only working as a Health Officer in the government sector, but also in private industry, both in Australia and overseas.

Samantha Bilske
ECU Environmental Health Graduate

Student stories

  • Danica Lee Larcombe

    Danica-Lea Larcombe

    Integrated PhD candidate (Biodiversity and Human Health)

    "Writing, rewriting and more rewriting!"

    The skills I have learnt while studying the Integrated PhD have assisted with my research proposal, literature reviews, data analysis and grant writing.

    My ethics application helped with recruitment of participants and surveys. I've also learnt how to develop and analyse complex surveys.

    I've attended many workshops run by GRS and found them invaluable. And the GRS SOAR centre helped when I experienced issues designing my surveys.

    My greatest challenge has been multitasking between data analysis, writing literature and coordination of participants. Also writing, rewriting and more rewriting!

    In the future I want to work with developers and government, and continue writing and teaching about the importance of nature to human health.

  • Janice Du Preez

    Janice Du Preez

    PhD candidate (Early stage dementia)

    "The potential to affect real change was all the motivation I needed"

    I completed my B.Sc. OT (Hons) by research degree at ECU and found a deeply hidden love for research. Against all odds, I was offered a PhD Candidacy and awarded an ECU Postgraduate Research Award and an Inspiring Minds Award. This provided me with the financial means to continue further study.

    Knowing I would be supervised by experienced researchers who are experts in the field of OT, and having my family's full support, certainly gave me the courage I needed to take on this challenge. Also, the knowledge that my research has the potential to affect real change was all the motivation I needed to continue studying.

  • Shona Halleen

    Health Science (Nutrition major) graduate

    "ECU is definitely more hands-on"

    I have a passion for helping people and a passion for food, so putting them together comes into nutrition.

    ECU is definitely more hands-on, that was a big aspect of the course that I enjoyed.

    Being at ECU really opened my eyes to a whole new opportunity for where I can take my nutrition degree.