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  • #2 in Australia 2019 QS Subject Rankings, sports-related subjects
  • #4 in the world 2019 QS Subject Rankings, sports-related subjects
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Health sciences and allied health

Play an important role in shaping the future of healthcare
As allied health professionals, our graduates are changing the health landscape and working to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities worldwide.

Why study health sciences with us? 

  • You'll gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of clinical partners.
  • You'll learn from highly respected practitioners, clinicians and researchers.
  • With a multidisciplinary focus, we prepare graduates with generalist and specialist healthcare knowledge and skills.
  • Our research ranks "well above world class" (Excellence in Research for Australia level 5).
  • We have world-class facilities, with purpose-built laboratories and on-site health clinics. 
  • In 2021, we will move to the purpose-built Health Precinct at Camperdown campus, which will for the first time bring multiple health disciplines together in a facility that translates research into education and clinical services.

What can I study?

Our teaching and research activities are undertaken across the following disciplines:

How can I study health sciences? 

Whether you're looking to study at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, our course options will allow you to start your career as an allied health professional.

Use technology to produce world-class medical imaging and provide excellent patient care. In this degree, you will learn to use high tech equipment ranging from small mobile X-ray machines to larger units, and from MRI and CT scanners to sophisticated cardiac units enabling timely and accurate diagnosis. 

This degree will you develop the skills to integrate exercise and physical activity with disease prevention and the promotion of good health, rehabilitation, nutrition and sports performance. 

This degree provides you with the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required to deliver exercise and behaviour change strategies for the prevention and management of chronic disease. 

This degree will enable you to help people with disabilities and those recovering from injury or with ongoing conditions to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life. 

This degree will teach you how to assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle and nerve disorders. You will also learn how to help people avoid injuries and maintain a fit and healthy body.

You will learn to study and treat communication and speech disorders in children and adults, including problems with speaking, comprehension, reading, writing, voice problems and stuttering.

This degree provides a thorough grounding in health and health systems at the local, national and global level. You will graduate with the ability to navigate the complexity of health in different sociocultural, political and economic contexts, along with skills in critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication and empathy.

The Faculty of Health Sciences honours programs give high-achieving students the opportunity to contribute to knowledge in their disciplines, learn valuable professional skills and gain deep knowledge and insight about a discipline-relevant topic.

Doing honours can benefit your clinical practice or be a pathway to further research, including PhD study. The type of honours program will depend on the undergraduate degree studied.

Learn more about honours in health sciences.

Learn how to work with innovative imaging technologies ranging from small mobile X-ray machines to larger units such as MRI and CT scanners, as well as sophisticated cardiac units, to enable accurate diagnosis and treatment.

This degree produces graduates who possess the knowledge, competencies and clinical experience required for safe and effective clinical exercise practice. You'll develop exercise and behaviour change strategies for the prevention and management of chronic disease. 

Through practical learning and extensive clinical placements, you will learn to work with clients to help them participate more fully in life by focusing on their strengths.

You'll develop the ability to use highly-developed clinical reasoning skills to assess, diagnose and treat people with movement problems caused by a wide variety of joint, muscle, nerve and metabolic disorders. You will also learn to help people avoid injuries and maintain a fit and healthy body.

This course offers professional development for students wishing to add to their existing qualifications in social sciences or health sciences. Graduates attain professional status as a rehabilitation counsellor and are qualified to provide vocational evaluation, vocational counselling and case management in workers' compensation settings.

Offered both on campus and by distance/online, learn how to assist people with disabilities or disadvantage to achieve maximum participation in employment and community life through assessment, counselling, service provision and support.

The Master of Medical Imaging Science is a flexible and technologically sophisticated online program that cultivates research aptitude alongside technical expertise. Graduates learn skills to advance high quality evidence-based practice across the medical imaging sciences.

The Master of Speech Language Pathology prepares you for professional practice as a speech pathologist, developing the skills to assess and treat people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures, and change lives by making it easier for people to communicate.

Conduct high-impact, multidisciplinary research that spans across our broad priority research areas of cancer diagnosis and rehabilitation, communication sciences and disorders, disability and mental health, musculoskeletal health, and physical activity, lifestyle, ageing and wellbeing.

To find a potential supervisor visit Research Supervisor Connect or learn more about postgraduate research.

Non-award students are students who are enrolled in a unit(s) of study but are not proceeding to a degree or formal qualification from the University. 

Find out more about undergraduate non-award study

Find out more about postgraduate non-award study.

Where can health sciences take you? 

Our degrees prepare you for a career as an allied health professional, who work together to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. They have specialised knowledge which is applied to prevent, diagnose and treat a range of conditions and illnesses.

Our graduates work in many different settings and roles, including:

  • advocacy
  • hospitals
  • mental health and aged care services
  • private practice
  • policy making
  • research
  • youth and community centres.

Transition to Camperdown campus

We'll be moving to Camperdown campus in 2021. We've started the transition, and in some degrees and semesters students will have classes at both Cumberland and Camperdown campuses. Find out more.

In January 2020, the Faculty of Health Sciences will join the Faculty of Medicine and Health as a school.

Student profile

Ryan Sadeque
Ryen Sadeque, Bachelor of Science (Health)
"Growing up, I always saw myself in a vocation that focused on empowering others. With this in mind, I always felt drawn towards a career in health."
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