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Health Science degree is creating regional careers of the future

Three students walking together out of the café at South West Campus

ECU’s new Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety major is now available at the South West and Joondalup campuses.

Edith Cowan University’s industry-driven Bachelor of Health Science offerings are tailor-made for a dynamic career in the expanding health sector.

ECU’s new Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) major, now available at the South West and Joondalup campuses, reflects the University’s continued commitment to meet the emerging needs of industry.

Flexible careers

ECU’s OEHS Director Associate Professor Sue Reed says the new major sets up graduates for success in a variety of careers.

“This provides graduates with skills to gain employment in local, state or federal government as an Environmental Health Officer, helping people and communities improve their health,” Associate Professor Reed said.

“Environmental Health Officers can implement prevention programs and strategies for the control of communicable diseases and major outbreaks like coronavirus and mitigate health risks associated with environmental disasters.

“Graduates will also be able to work within a range of workplaces and industries such as agriculture; guiding farmers on the management of chemicals and workplace hazards and assisting businesses to meet occupational and workplace health and safety requirements.”

Strong local job growth

The Australian Government’s Job Outlook website projects very strong future growth for health science professions over the next five years.

Senior lecturer and researcher from the School of Medical and Health Sciences at ECU’s South West Campus Dr Stephanie Godrich says more qualified nutritionists and health promotion professionals will be needed to address Australia’s growing and ageing population.

“Nutrition graduates will be able to provide evidence-based services related to public health, policy, research and community health,” Dr Godrich said.

“Health Promotion graduates can identify at-risk groups or individuals and establish ways to promote health-focused behaviour change.

“Our Health Science students gain practical skills to engage partner organisations and conduct high quality research and we’re seeing our graduates increasingly working collaboratively with farmers and local government.”

Combine passion with possibility

Dr Godrich says she is enjoying a wonderful career as an ECU Bachelor of Health Science graduate.

“I’ve worked as a nutritionist developing community nutrition education and cooking programs, travelled the world and worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the most remote parts of Australia,” she said.

“As a university lecturer and researcher, I get to put my passion for all things nutrition into action.”

Build industry networks with practical experience

Bachelor of Health Science student Jess Doe says her real-world experience offered at ECU has laid the foundations for her career.

“I chose to study at ECU, as the South West Campus is located in my hometown. The facilities are great and the lecturers are passionate and accommodating, ensuring we have the best study experience possible,” Ms Doe said.

“The practical experience was a great opportunity to build industry networks and understand more about the different career paths available.”

Mid-year entry is now open. Visit for more information.


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