Health and biomedical sciences

Study in purpose-built clinics, labs and classrooms, learn best practice with industry-developed courses and gain experience with work placements here and overseas.

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At RMIT, we understand the importance of equipping students with real-world experiences and the skills to succeed in a rapidly evolving world.

That’s why our health and biomedical sciences courses have strong links to industry, and why studying RMIT can give you access to internships, placements and real life industry work experience.

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Top health and biomedical sciences courses at RMIT

Professionally accredited, RMIT’s health, biomedical and science courses provide the skills and training you need to meet the health challenges of our growing community. 

Here are some of our courses that reflect the latest industry developments in these fields:

This associate degree provides an introduction to health sciences, exploring both the individual and public view of health in Australia.

You’ll gain a core understanding of human biology, health and nutrition. You’ll learn about psychology, project management, exercise, and law and ethics. 

You will have the skills and knowledge to work effectively in the health sector, with an understanding of the Australian healthcare system and the major health issues facing Australia.

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When you graduate, you'll be work-ready thanks to integrated industry activities embedded into your degree.

Psychologists study the processes around how people think and feel. They work closely with patients to understand their mental state and how this is impacting on their behaviours.

You’ll learn how to conduct research and provide treatments including counselling to help reduce distress, behavioural problems and psychological problems. You can also undertake elective studies in nutrition, information technology, applied psychology, health statistics, computer science and any electives available across the university.

Graduate of this course work in areas such as organisational management, health, sport, cross-cultural studies, counselling, disability support, human resources (HR) and market research.

RMIT specialises in clinical psychology, based on a cognitive-behavioural approach. The degree is accredited by Australian Psychological Society.

To register as a psychologist, you'll need to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) and the Master of Psychology (2 years full-time), or equivalent courses recognised by the Australian Psychological Society.

In this flexible course, you'll develop a broad understanding of human anatomy, physiology and pathology from cellular to systems level.

Biomedical scientists have an expert understanding of how human and animal bodies function, and respond to various diseases, exercise, diet, internal disturbances and environmental influences.

You can specialise in a number of areas and you’ll gain hands-on experience with modern technologies used in biomedical research. In the final year third year you'll work in research and analytical laboratories in universities, hospitals and the health industry to gain up to 120 hours of work experience. 

Graduates may use this course as a pathway into other professional health sciences qualifications such as medicine, physiotherapy, and dentistry.

Chiropractic care emphasises the relationship between the musculoskeletal system and general health. It promotes self-help measures and health promotion in the management of musculoskeletal disorders.

Through this course you will examine how such disorders affect biomechanics, the nervous system and health in general. The focus is on manual treatments such as spinal adjustments and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.

Anatomy, physiology and pathology courses underpin the clinical science studies of physical examination, differential diagnosis for the chiropractor and clinical practicum.

At RMIT, you will begin work-integrated learning immediately by performing patient-care duties with supervision from a registered practitioner.

RMIT Advantage

The course offers extensive hands-on practice. You will be given opportunities to observe and undertake clinical practice at the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic, providing treatment for muscle and joint problems, sport injuries and other general health concerns. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to provide chiropractic care to people who are socially or financially disadvantaged through RMIT’s partnership with Sacred Heart Mission, Hands on Health Australia, and the Wellington Community Centre.

Pursue a range of food science and nutrition career paths in areas such as processing, manufacturing, packaging, marketing, research, quality assurance and product development

You’ll use analytical techniques to test properties of food including nutritional value, flavour, and levels of various substances. You will test foods to provide product information, ensure the safety of food products and ensure that food manufacturing processes meet government and industry standards.

A high proportion of time in this course is spent in the state-of-the-art laboratories at RMIT’s Bundoora-based Food Innovation and Research Centre, undertaking production trials and development projects.

Globally, food production is the world’s largest industry and is still growing and employment prospects for food scientists in Australia are excellent.

RMIT Advantage

At RMIT you can major in either nutrition or food technology studies. Graduates of both streams are eligible for Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) membership.

Nutrition stream graduates may also be eligible to apply for registration as a nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia.

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RMIT is the only Australian university that offered all the major streams I wanted to study, along with a professional practice component. The facilities, demonstrators, teaching staff and overall campus life is second to none!

– Shabneet Sohi, Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)

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