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Human health

Health is one of Australia’s fastest-growing sectors
Science underpins all medical and health-related fields, so study in this area can serve as a stepping-stone to a rewarding career in human health.

What is human health?

Health is one of Australia's fastest growing employment sectors. Graduates who understand the nature of the health problems global communities face, or would like to design effective healthcare approaches for an increasingly consumer-driven, ageing population, are in high demand.

Why study human health with us?

Innovative approaches to health and disease mean the broad medical and health sciences sectors are expanding and our graduates are in demand. Studying human health at the University of Sydney will provide you with the essential foundations for a rewarding career in improving the health of individuals and communities.

Where can human health take you?

Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including:

  • medical administrator
  • pathologist
  • histologist
  • physiologist
  • microbiologist
  • biochemist
  • biomedical device designer
  • careers in the pharmaceutical industry
  • careers in the government sector
  • accredited dietitian
  • nutritional research
  • health promotion
  • health policy
  • project management
  • case management
  • consultancy
  • logistics and procurement
  • insurance
  • business development
  • marketing
  • public relations
  • medical sciences researcher
  • doctor
  • dentist
  • pharmacist

How can I study human health?

Course options

Bachelor of Science (Health)

The Bachelor of Science (Health) provides a comprehensive understanding of health and health systems at local, national and global levels. You will gain the ability to navigate the complexity of health issues in different sociocultural, political and economic contexts, and develop core skills in critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication, and empathy.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Health)

This course provides a thorough grounding in health and health systems at the local, national and global levels. Upon graduating, you will be ready for a range of positions in a variety of health industries, including corporate health, government and policy, and not-for-profit organisations.

Bachelor of Science (Medical Science)

Innovative approaches to health mean the broad medical and health sciences sectors are expanding and our graduates are in demand. Whether you want to join the leading edge of medical research or become a doctor or dentist with further study, the Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) will give you the essential foundation for a rewarding career improving the health of people and communities.

Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine

This double degree gives you the opportunity to study science before undertaking medicine. This pathway allows school leavers who have achieved exceptional results to commence a three-year undergraduate science degree followed by the four-year Doctor of Medicine (MD). With a deeper understanding of the scientific fundamentals that underpin medicine, you will be better prepared for any career in medicine from specialisation to research and teaching. This program is delivered by the Faculty of Science and Sydney Medical School.

Bachelor of Science/Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

With a solid foundation in science plus a two-year master's degree, the five-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics provides the training you need to launch straight into a career in nutrition and dietetics.

In your honours year you will receive technical training in research techniques and instrumentation, as well as invaluable skills in communication, project management and critical analysis. 

For more information visit the honours page.

Master of Medical Physics

The Master of Medical Physics will set you on the path to becoming a working medical physicist in Australia. This entry-level qualification will give you the technical expertise to work within a clinical setting across areas of medicine including cancer treatment, diagnostic imaging, physiological monitoring and medical electronics.

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

For science graduates, the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics will launch you straight into a career as a dietitian. With practical training in human nutrition plus access to eminent dietitians, this highly regarded postgraduate course will bring you to the forefront of dietetic and nutrition research and practice.

See all our postgraduate coursework degrees

In our increasingly technological world the study of human health is vital to future developments and discoveries.

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