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Public health is about improving the lives of others by preventing and managing health problems.
On this course, you will learn about the health and well-being of communities and groups. You will analyse the many different determinants that impact on the health of an individual and populations, including biological, social, political and cultural to technological, environmental and global factors.
There are optional work-based placement opportunities available in Years 2 and 3 that allow you to put your learning into practice. You will be supported by a personal tutor who will provide additional support and guidance throughout the course.
This course will equip you to make a real difference to the lives of others through better understanding of factors that impact on health.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work and workshops that support different learning styles. We encourage active student participation and you will have opportunities to present ideas and information to other students in a safe learning environment.
Assessment methods include written coursework, projects, presentations, debates, multiple choice questionnaires and time-constrained examinations.
Community Perspectives on Health (20 credits)
The Politics of Health (20 credits)
Work-based Practice (20 credits)
Fundamentals of Social Sciences (20 credits)
Introduction to Research (20 credits)
Determinants of Health (20 credits)
Please note: some modules contain a placement element, so you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at the start of the course. Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Research Methods in Health (20 credits)
Social Exclusion (20 credits)
Introduction to Epidemiology (20 credits)
Health Improvement (20 credits)
Drug and Alcohol Issues in Health (20 credits)
Contemporary Issues in Health (20 credits)
Work-based Partnerships (20 credits)
Please note: some modules contain a placement element, so you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at the start of the course.
Law and Ethics (20 credits)
Critical Issues in Health (20 credits)
Dissertation (40 credits)
Global Issues in Health (20 credits)
Building Healthy Communities (20 credits)
Public Mental Health (20 credits)
Placement (20 credits)
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We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual, full-time fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
If you currently serve (or have recently served) within the Armed Forces, then the Ministry of Defence's ELCAS scheme may be able to help cover your funding for this course. For more information, see our Funding for Armed Forces personnel page.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
As a Public Health graduate, you will have a wide range of employment options and our graduates go on to work in a wide range of settings. These include health care, public health, social care and the voluntary and community sectors.
This course develops generic skills of research, analysis and critical thinking that are relevant for a wide range of other job opportunities.
As responsibility for public health shifts away from health authorities to local authorities, there will be new employment opportunities.
These could be in areas such as addressing the wider determinants of health (e.g. education, housing, transport, environment), developing community-based approaches to health development, working with marginalised communities and fulfilling roles in health promotion.
In your first year you will be required to undertake work-based visits as part of the Work-based Practice module. In your second and third years there are optional placement modules. These placements can prove beneficial in terms of developing your employment opportunities. You will be supported by a placement supervisor and can choose from a number of settings including health and social care, public health teams, drug and alcohol services, children’s centres, leisure centres and voluntary sector organisations.
As part of the Work-based Partnerships module (Year 2), you will undertake a 20-30 hour placement where partnership working is identified within the context of Public Health. Your placement in Year 3 will see you spend 80-100 hours in an agency or organisation that aims to support people within a health context. This placement will help you to put the skills and knowledge learned throughout your degree into practical use.
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