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Public Health

Where health comes first 

  • top IN LONDON

    We were rated top in London for student satisfaction, an incredible endorsement from our own students.  (Other subjects allied to medicine, NSS, 2018)

  • employment experience

    Wherever you may work in future, our experience is that employers like, need and want UEL graduates. That’s because by the time you leave us, you’ll have received work placements, real-life experiences and applied training which will make you exceptional guardians of the nations’ health.

  • world-class research

    Our health studies researchers made a major contribution to our superb performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, in which 86 per cent of our Allied Health submission was rated either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This makes us the top modern university in London for our area of research and eighth in the country.

About us

As a Public Health student you’ll gain the knowledge and research skills that will enable you to return to your healthcare workplace with an enhanced understanding of leadership and management. You will be an eligible candidate for managerial positions in public, private, consultancy healthcare organisations and NGOs.

Don’t just improve people’s lives but help transform them on our ground-breaking public health courses. This important and rewarding work could change your life, too. At the University of East London, we pride ourselves on inspiring and developing health workers from all over the world. You’ll work alongside students who are committed to enhancing the quality of people’s lives. Remarkable students like Marina Haque, who’s organised a series of community-transforming health projects.

Doing a master’s degree in the field of health studies will give you the crucial understanding of research techniques and management principles that will enable you to develop your career as a health professional. Whether you are working in the NHS, private health services, a community health organisation, commercial sector or a clinical setting, you may well reach a point at which you cannot progress without some kind of additional training and management competency. The postgraduate health studies courses that we offer are unique in London in terms of preparing you for management and will put you firmly on the promotion ladder.

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I volunteered with Well London as a student and the work I did was invaluable in helping me know what to do on my first internship in Nigeria. It gave me the knowledge and experience I really needed.

Josephine NwaAmaka-Bardi , Public Health MSc
Josephine Nwaamaka-Bardi-public health MSc-university of east London

Our facilities

Our libraries and learning services are at the very heart of the University. We have a superb range of resources and facilities to help you with your studies and we’re committed to offering you a first-class student experience. Our Stratford library, opened at a cost of £14 million, is a state-of-the-art building which provides an inspirational environment for study and research. Overlooking the Royal Docks, our modern Docklands library is another fantastic space for learning, offering a wide range of resources as well as group and silent study facilities. It’s also home to the UEL Skillzone, where you can get extra help with your academic writing.

Both our libraries are open 24/7 during term time, giving you maximum flexibility about when you choose to study. As well as visiting our libraries in person, you can also take advantage of our growing collection of electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals and databases.

To ensure our students get the best possible support, we’ve opened brand-new Student Support hubs at our Docklands and Stratford campuses - at a cost of £3.1 million. These contain centralised helpdesks as well as comfortable areas to relax and socialise. The helpdesks provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for every possible need, from course-related enquiries to personal issues such as health and money matters. They’re designed to be your first port of call if you have an enquiry or problem.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

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What we're researching

Health studies played a significant part in UEL’s research submission in Allied Health Professions (Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) that was such a big winner in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the six-yearly national review of research quality in higher education. An expert panel rated 67 per cent of the research as ‘internationally excellent’ and 19 per cent of it as ‘world-leading’, the highest possible accolade.

Our research into public health links in with UEL’s internationally renowned Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD), which regularly carries out research across the UK and overseas.

The IHHD has been heavily involved in more than 50 significant projects since its foundation in 2006. UEL staff and students have researched into and developed programmes to improve health and wellbeing, particularly in some of London’s poorest communities.

More detail on our specific research focuses can be found on the research page.


Our graduates have gone on to work for employers including Public Health England, local authorities, national government and the civil service, the NHS, charities and social enterprises. They’ve become public health educators or specialists. They’ve worked in voluntary organisations in the UK and abroad, or advised on policy. As the global need for projects to deliver good health becomes more urgent, public health as an industry is growing and growing. The industry needs well-trained graduates to address the crucial issue of public health.

At UEL, you’ll have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

Foundation Pathways

All of our Bioscience and Health degrees have a related foundation pathway that will enable you to excel in higher education, and a head start on the subject specific knowledge and skills in your degree programme.

During your Foundation Year, you will gain the essential skills that will enable you to excel in higher education, and a head start on the subject specific knowledge and skills in your degree programme.

Your student experience, learning and employability will be enriched through tailored activities such as small tutorial groups, field trips and events with current students and alumni in your chosen field of study.

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