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Study health science and diagnostics


Study the science of better health

Help create healthier communities

Health is one of Australia’s fastest-growing industries. From clinical laboratory scientists to public health experts, professionals with the skills to identify, manage and treat health issues are in high demand, with an additional 19,500 jobs predicted over the next four years*.

*Source: Australian Government Department of Employment – 2016 Occupational Projections to November 2020

Build a rewarding career

With a degree in health science, you’ll learn how diseases impact different populations and how to help individuals and societies manage a range of health-related challenges. Whether you're interested in how diseases impact the human body or want to help address health issues on a regional or national scale, USC has a program for you.

Why study at USC?

USC’s health science degrees include work placement opportunities that give you hands-on experience in community and clinical settings, including USC’s Clinical Trials Centre and the brand-new Sunshine Coast University Hospital. You’ll be surrounded by world-leading researchers and clinicians, along with plenty of quality job opportunities when you graduate.

Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science

USC’s two-year Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science is your ticket to roles in the growing pathology industry, which is expected to produce an extra 9,000 jobs by 2020*. In this hands-on program you’ll learn how to perform medical laboratory tests and conduct clinical investigations that help to diagnose and prevent disease. You’ll build a broad base of skills in physiology, haematology, medical microbiology and more, and complete industry placements with experienced laboratory scientists.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Are you fascinated by the human body? The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is all about how the body works and how it is affected by diseases, infections and clinical disorders. You’ll get a solid foundation in all aspects of medical science, including physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, and can design your own career through clinical work placements and research projects. When you graduate you’ll be qualified for a range of clinical or research roles.

Bachelor of Health Science

USC’s flexible Bachelor of Health Science lets you choose the health career that’s right for you. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge in your choice of six extended majors, including Applied Health Promotion, Applied Environmental Health, Health Communication, Epidemiology and Public Health, Prosthetics and Orthotics, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. Professional placements will get you job-ready and prepare you to tackle current and future health issues – both locally and globally.

Bachelor of Health Science (Majoring in Epidemiology and Public Health)

If you’re a good problem solver and like to look at the big picture, use your skills to help track and prevent disease on a global stage. Epidemiologists study diseases within certain populations and identify the best treatment methods to improve public health. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Epidemiology and Public Health) you’ll learn how to observe illness patterns, identify risk factors and work out how to prevent future outbreaks. This program gives you a strong foundation for roles in health research and public health policy.

Take a virtual tour of our Science labs

USC Science students use wet labs to test or analyse chemicals and other materials in a liquid state, which requires special ventilation and equipment.

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