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Programme summary for BSc (Hons) Public Health

About the programme

This degree provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify population health needs and to develop policies and actions to improve public health. This includes investigation of the social, political, economic, environmental, historical and cultural influences on public health. Skills in the areas of health research, evidence-based practice, epidemiology, policy-based approaches and health promotion will be developed. The programme is non-clinical in nature. See what one of our Public Health graduates thought of his study in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience.

2-subject degrees

You can combine this programme with a range of other subjects as part of a 2-subject degree. Popular combinations include Public Health and Communication Studies, and Public Health
with Law.

Programme structure

The programme is largely a taught programme based on ‘modules’. The programme is structured to allow students flexibility and to build on their learning year by year.  It is possible to study in either full- or part-time mode and to switch between full and part-time study if necessary. It is also possible to study for a combined degree with other relevant subject areas.

All of the core modules in Semester A, level 1 are jointly taught to all single honours students in the health studies field allowing movement between programmes during this period. In Semester B, level 1 public health students begin taking a set of core, discipline specific modules along with other core health studies modules. The discipline specific, core modules are compulsory for all students taking a degree in Public Health. Students will continue taking discipline specific, core, and health studies core modules throughout levels 2 and 3 and will also able to select optional modules.

The use of Accreditation of Prior Learning and experience can be utilised for accelerated progression or to receive advanced standing in the programme if the student has taken equivalent courses elsewhere.

Career opportunities

There is a considerable amount of practical assessment based on the sort of work which student would do in possible careers after their graduation. Many opportunities exist in the expanding services within health and social care. The health sector and care services offer many employment opportunities within both the public and private sectors.


When you arrive at the University you will be allocated a personal development tutor who will be a member of the academic staff familiar with your programme of study. During your first semester at level I you will see your personal development tutor regularly as an integral part of your core module HS1101 ‘Personal and Professional Skills’ module. Your personal tutor is there to help you throughout you time at the University.

Module leaders and programme leaders also offer support on academic issues.

There is a School help desk to offer both direct help and advice.

Student representatives are elected each year from each level and can also act as a communication channel with staff and other students.

Every health promotion module uses online resources for all students via UEL Plus which provides lecture outlines and other module specific information.
Support for Students at the university level includes; Disability, dyslexia and access services, Skillzone, Connexions, an Employability Unit, advice on practical issues such as finance, medical services, language support and learning support for specialist needs.

Increasingly, the web is used as a resource to support students’ learning.  All module information, including lecture summaries, is available on our virtual learning environment (UEL Plus), together with notice boards and discussion boards.  This support is especially important if you are considering part-time study.

Modules are taught on individual days to allow students to plan work and/or other responsibilities around their University attendance.


240 UCAS points or equivalent plus GCSE level C (or equivalent) in English and mathematics.

Students may be admitted through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is required.  International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education undergraduate programmes.

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