Sports Science students taking part in VO2 fitness testing at Ben Lomond.

Why study health sciences?

Studying Health Sciences at the University of Tasmania gives you exciting opportunities for clinical and nonclinical careers working with individuals, communities and workplaces.

You will have a range of resources at your fingertips, including access to our labs and clinics. Plus, you will work with members of the public to apply your learning to real-life scenarios.

You'll learn from leading educators — both researchers and practising professionals — from a range of disciplines, giving you a strong start to your career.

We have strong partnerships with both public and private health service providers in Tasmania and NSW.

  • Learn with leading professionals in the medical sciences, both in our labs and out in the field
  • Get practical experience while you study Exercise and Sport Science at our Exercise Physiology Clinic, located on campus.

I chose to study this degree because I find exercise, and the science behind it, very interesting. I basically wanted to study something that I enjoyed.

Hayden Fox
Bachelor of Exercise Science

Course list

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Careers in health sciences

Working in Health Sciences provides unique challenges and rewards. It’s an area that attracts people who are interested in technically oriented healthcare fields and those with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Health science courses encourage inquiry, investigation and research, with many opportunities to go beyond the classroom and work closely with academic mentors and work or volunteer in the community.

These courses develop valuable knowledge and skills for jobs where personal integrity and professionalism are essential qualities. Whether you’re looking to extend your study in a medical area, go into sports science or concentrate on community care, the workplace skills you learn, such as evidence-based problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making, effective communication and time management, are all appreciated by employers.

There are opportunities in developing new medicines or therapies and undertaking trials or diagnostic tests. Sports science is an emerging field and specialist positions exist in training and measuring performance. Community care workers provide care, supervision and support for disadvantaged, disabled and aged people dealing with chronic illness, dementia, disability or other factors affecting their quality of life.

Paramedics have the knowledge and skills to assess and manage the broad range of clinical presentations in an out-of-hospital setting. They are often among the first trained healthcare professionals in critical situations. Our Bachelor of Paramedic Practice is a two-year degree that consists of generic nursing, bioscience and specialist paramedic units. It is offered in Hobart and in Rozelle (Sydney).

Bachelor of Health Science/ Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science

Skye McLachlan

"My favourite unit that I have studied so far has been Cell Biology in Health Sciences. It is a very well structured unit and the lecturers have been very approachable."

Career opportunities

  • Biomechanics
  • Motor control and learning
  • Health and human performance
  • Nutrition

With further postgraduate study you could also pursue:

  • Dietetics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Other allied health study
  • Occupational therapists