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Health Science Schools Size Rankings

Australian University Health Science Schools Rankings

Studying Health Science

With the increasing number of people who are becoming more conscious of their health and considering the global concern about new illnesses and an aging population, studying health science has become a popular option for many students. The health sciences collectively comprise a broad field of study that covers a large number of courses. Some of these courses are nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, and nutrition. Despite their differences, these courses are all focused on the two key aspects of enhancing human health and increasing healthcare efficiency.

Health Science Courses in Australia

Depending on their specific area of interest, students can choose from a long list of the health science programs in Australia. When considering the total number of students enrolled in health science courses, the list of top ranking universities is headed by the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and Monash University. Taking a look at the percentage of students enrolled in these courses gives a different picture, with the top-rated universities being the Australian Catholic University, Flinders University, and Notre Dame University.

At the undergraduate level, Sydney University offers a comprehensive list of courses that would fit into any student's career path in the health sciences. The courses offered place great importance on fieldwork and immersion, as well as on guided learning experiences. To encourage enrolment, the university even offers scholarships for qualified undergraduate students. In the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy, students are able to work with actual clients who are confronted with challenges in their daily life. This experience shows students that their work has a direct impact on clients' quality of life.

In terms of pursuing further studies, students have a number of different options. One option that is offered by the University of Queensland is the Master in e-Healthcare degree. This program closely combines the optimized use of information and communications technology with the enhanced efficiency of healthcare provision to deliver the best possible care. Another related option on offer is the Master in International Public Health degree which positions graduates to contribute to the resolution of public health issues on a global scale.

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Table 1: Health Student Numbers in Australian Universities
Uni UG PG Total
University of Sydney (usyd)6962574112703
University of Queensland (uq)770322489951
Monash University (monash)711622409356
Australian Catholic University (acu)85795949173
Curtin University of Technology (curtin)673121808911
La Trobe University (latrobe)682120418862
Deakin University (deakin)639617778173
University of Newcastle (newcastle)567217927464
Queensland University of Technology (qut)576816687436
University of Western Sydney (uws)605112187269
Flinders University (flinders)433927537092
University of South Australia (unisa)542914916920
Griffith University (griffith)507314856558
Charles Sturt University (csu)54549566410
University of Tasmania (utas)490312716174
University of Melbourne (unimelb)75451475901
James Cook University (jcu)457612655841
Edith Cowan University (ecu)452412805804
University of Adelaide (adelaide)300113774378
Victoria University (vicuni)38532824135
CQ University (cqu)35542803834
University of Wollongong (wollongng)26698903559
University of New South Wales (unsw)200815003508
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd)30531263179
University of Technology Sydney (uts)23727223094
RMIT University (rmit)21838623045
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)23552382593
University of Western Australia (uwa)122610642290
Charles Darwin University (cdu)19123332245
Southern Cross University (scu)18862512137
Murdoch University (murdoch)18092562065
University of Canberra (canberra)15214651986
University of Southern Queensland (usq)13254811806
Macquarie University (mq)9487981746
University of New England (une)11524281580
Federation University Australia (feduni)10001891189
Bond University (bond)580154734
Australian National University (anu)380174554
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)2660266


The percentages displayed in Table 2 show the weighting of students studying in the health area of study relative to the total number of students studying at the university in each category of undergraduate, postgraduate, and overall total.

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Table 2: Percentage Breakdown of Health Student Numbers
Uni ug% pg% Total%
Australian Catholic University (acu)43.810.935.7
Flinders University (flinders)31.732.731.1
University of Notre Dame Australia (nd)3510.329
James Cook University (jcu)29.62426.7
La Trobe University (latrobe)26.625.826.1
University of the Sunshine Coast (usc)29.318.924.1
University of Sydney (usyd)2128.323.4
University of Tasmania (utas)23.923.423
Edith Cowan University (ecu)23.621.422
University of South Australia (unisa)22.22021
Charles Darwin University (cdu)28.314.720.7
University of Newcastle (newcastle)23.819.620.5
University of Queensland (uq)21.917.920.4
CQ University (cqu)28.96.120.3
Curtin University of Technology (curtin)18.421.818.5
Deakin University (deakin)19.813.617.8
University of Western Sydney (uws)17.61817.4
University of Adelaide (adelaide)16.318.916.6
Charles Sturt University (csu)20.48.616.4
Queensland University of Technology (qut)16.915.716.3
Griffith University (griffith)15.41715.2
Victoria University (vicuni)17.6615.2
Totals Average (mean) (%)16.113.815
Southern Cross University (scu)17.311.114.9
Monash University (monash)15.412.714.5
University of Canberra (canberra)12.613.312.2
Bond University (bond)18.47.512.1
University of Wollongong (wollongng)1310.111.6
University of Melbourne (unimelb)3.119.211.3
Federation University Australia (feduni)12.44.39.2
University of Western Australia (uwa)6.118.78.9
Murdoch University (murdoch)9.26.58.6
University of Technology Sydney (uts)9.95.88.2
University of New England (une)8.56.67.6
University of Southern Queensland (usq)7.776.8
University of New South Wales (unsw)6.286.7
RMIT University (rmit)4.87.65.3
Macquarie University (mq)3.674.5
Australian National University (anu)3.81.62.6
Swinburne University of Technology (swinburne)1.100.8

Key & Notes

* Percentages: - displayed percentages indicate the percentage of students studying in the health science area of study relative to all students enrolled at the university within each of the three categories

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