Improve quality of life

Health professionals have a direct, positive influence on the wellbeing of others. Through nutrition, exercise and lifestyle, and improving access to health care, health workers can guide communities to achieve a better quality of life. 

Health students graduate with a diverse range of real, practical skills ready for a rewarding career with a world of opportunities.

Parent & Student Information Evenings

UOW Information Evenings are being held across NSW and online to provide high school students, their parents and carers, with information to help with the decisions and choices about future university studies. Each event will provide information on UOW courses, Early Admission and UAC key dates, ATARs, scholarships, accommodation and more.

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Belong to one of the best

Go beyond the textbook:

  • Practical placements are built into our industry accredited degrees. Every clinical placement will develop the practical skills that you need to become a sought-after graduate. 
  • Human anatomy laboratory: Anatomy classes at UOW offer real-life experience with human cadavers.
  • Exercise Science students will complete 140 hours of placement in a community, sporting, scientific or commercial exercise setting.
  • Nutrition and Dietetics students learn the fundamentals of Nutrition in Practice, and have the opportunity to complete hands-on internships.
  • Public Health students have the opportunity to participate in a real-world consultancy experience in NSW Health environments.

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Discover your passion, then develop the specialist skills that employers want:

  • Diverse graduates: At UOW, the skills you will learn are highly-transferable across a range of careers. We focus on producing graduates who can work in a diversity of health care settings including rural and regional Australian, as well as internationally.
  • Purpose-built facilities: Study in modern teaching laboratories for exercise physiology, rehabilitation and nutrition.
  • Specialist skills: Further your career with a specialist postgraduate qualification, or contribute to the advancement of health knowledge through a research degree.

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Earn a recognised qualification:

Our health degrees are recognised by professional associations in Australia and overseas. Depending on your chosen course, health graduates qualify to apply for membership of relevant professional societies such as:

See individual course descriptions for more detail.

Take it to the next level: Stay on the forefront of health knowledge with a specialist postgraduate qualification. Our postgraduate curriculum reflects the latest approach to health and medical education, and incorporates existing and emerging information technologies.

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A degree from UOW opens doors:

  • Industry collaboration: UOW has a strong research reputation in collaboration with industry, and partnerships with major health providers such as Workcover and Health NSW. 
  • Access to experts: You'll learn first-hand from professional dietitians, nurses, doctors, exercise physiologists, medical scientists, health administrators and researchers, and study in the home of ground-breaking health and medicine research.
  • Be rewarded: Earn an industry sponsored scholarship.
  • Give back: From your first year, you will have opportunities to participate in a wide range of volunteer and enrichment activities in the community. These will assist you in developing real-world skills and ready for a career in health and medicine.
  • Get noticed: Gain valuable real-world experience, and make professional connections that will help launch your career, with a professional health placement.

UOW Nutrition Professor Eleanor Beck with student Eden Barrett

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UOW Health Services and Support received 5-star ratings for overall educational experience and learning resources.

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Become one of the world's most employable graduates

Health care has been the biggest provider of new jobs in Australia and is projected to contribute 14.9% of employment growth from 2018 to 2023. UOW produces graduates who are committed to improving the health of individuals, communities and populations. 

Here is just a sample of the careers you can pursue:

  • Allied health professional
  • Dietitian 
  • Epidemiologist industry health worker 
  • Exercise scientist/physiologist 
  • Health administrator 
  • Health promotion officer 
  • Indigenous health officer 
  • Nutritionist 
  • Public health program coordinator 
  • Public health project manager 
  • Public health researcher 
  • Rehabilitation specialist 
  • Scientific researcher 
  • Sports administrator

Read more: What can I do with my degree? 

A brighter future starts here

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Going into pre-med I wanted to get the basis of a health degree, because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do medicine or something like physio. I knew I wanted to do something in the health sector that I could help people with, so pre-med gave me the option to branch out if I wanted to. Coming from a small country town, I knew I didn’t want to live in Melbourne or Sydney, so Wollongong was the right choice for me. Caleb Bachelor of Pre-Medicine, Science & Health

Get hands-on experience to improve the health of others

Studying Health and Medicine at UOW provides you with a career path where you can have a direct, positive influence on the wellbeing of others.

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With the Bachelor of Medical Health Science is the most enjoyable thing that I've found throughout my 3 years is the flexibility of subjects, I've been able
to delve into different areas of Health such as public health or more anatomy and physiology subjects, which is directing my attention to what I want to
do further in my career. We have an amazing Anatomy program here which is a feed on from a body donation program which allows undergraduates to work within an anatomy lab with cadaver material, that's not on offer at all universities and that does provide us with a step forward in our Anatomy academia. The thing I like most at UOW is that the classes are very small and personalized so you don't feel like you're just a number and you can get all the support and help that you need. The best thing is that all the theory that you learn and all the experiments and the procedures can all be applied to the real world so you get to understand at a deeper level what's going on in health and disease, so one of the really cool things about studying nutrition at UOW is all the teachers are fully accredited they're all dieticians and they have so much experience, everything's really current and up-to-date.


Study in the home of health research

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Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute

IHMRI is a not-for-profit organisation that supports researchers in the Illawarra who are striving to find better ways to treat disease and illness.

UOW Health Impacts Nutrition researchers serve breakfast to primary school children

Health Impacts Research Centre

The Health Impacts Research Centre brings together diverse groups of researchers to improve the health of whole communities.

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Biomechanics Research Laboratory

BRL is committed to developing innovative strategies to decrease injury potential and optimize the quality of life for individuals of all ages.

We're fearless in the pursuit of our purpose. At UOW, you'll have ground-breaking research at your fingertips.