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'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.
"ECU offers the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning"
I chose ECU because of the practical components the course offered and also because of the small cohort.
ECU offers occupational therapy (OT) students with the opportunity to experience prac from the very beginning, which gave us the beneficial component of having hands-on experience.
These placements really provided us with the opportunity to experience what occupational therapy was all about and prepared us for the real world.
The staff within the OT department at ECU have experience working in the field, so when we had any questions the answers were just that much more relevant.
Prior to commencing my studies at ECU, I always believed that OT was disability focused, but through the practical experiences it provided me with the opportunity to really get a feel for the different fields within the OT profession.
"I would like to become a professor and strength and conditioning coach"
I got a masters degree in the United States, but had no research experience before I came to ECU. I wanted to pursue my PhD under Dr. Haff and Dr. Nosaka, plus ECU is ranked 13th in the world in the field of exercise science.
The first year of the Integrated PhD really helped me to gain research skills such as writing, reading, presenting, and skills needed for experimentation. My supervisors have been devoting so much of their time to assist me to gain these skills.
In the longer term, I would like to become a professor and strength and conditioning coach at the university and to coach elite athletes.