Public Health - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
B910
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years)
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
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Are you interested in a job in health or social care, but not sure you want to work in nursing or clinical settings? Our specially designed Public Health degree will set you up to choose a number of related careers.

This course will also appeal if you want to make an impact on issues affecting the health of the population, individuals and local communities - like poverty, pollution, poor housing, access to good quality, affordable food and health inequalities.

What's covered in the course?

Our Public Health degree will introduce you to a wide range of public health approaches and help you develop skills in deciding which are the most appropriate for different groups and individuals.

We do this via a number of approaches, such as:

  • Profiling the health needs of local communities. One of our students focused on people and families affected by the loss of thousands of jobs after the closure of the MG Rover plant.
  • Campaigning for healthy public policy and legislation to promote health. Our students have analysed campaigns for tougher legislation on payday loan companies.
  • Learning how to recruit and support mentors and community champions to encourage isolated young parents to get involved in local fitness classes, or to encourage homeless people to join a football league for people living in hostels.

Our students have also carried out some great work in innovative health education like developing resources to support individuals to achieve better health in the shape of community-based education programmes for people with diabetes from South Asian communities.

We will give you the skills to develop programmes like this via both theory and solid work experience through placements and volunteering projects with our partners, which include public and community health teams in local councils, NHS health projects, housing associations, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

By the end of your undergraduate degree course here in public and community health issues, you will emerge fully empowered to contribute to discussion on the appropriate evidence-based public health interventions currently being used within different healthcare systems around the world.

You will also be enabled to help shape public health issues on a wider stage.

“I was attracted to study public health by the idea of promoting health.” Student survey response

Why Choose Us?

  • Promoting health and preventing illness is seen as central for the future of the NHS.
  • Our course has strong links with the UK Public Health Register – the regulatory body for public health professionals. This means it's specifically designed to deliver required competences. We have also just been awarded a contract to deliver training in the West Midlands for public health professionals working towards registration.
  • We have a fantastic multi-disciplinary team including practitioners who have been leaders in community development and community-based approaches to public health, worked in local councils, the NHS, international public health settings, the media, voluntary organisations, community and housing settings. Our team also has expertise in health psychology, health economics, health policy, protection and leadership and management in service improvement.
  • We are well-placed to support you find employment in a range of public health careers – whether in the UK or overseas in public health jobs in local authorities and the NHS, or in community organisations, housing organisations, charities, social business or the private sector.
  • Public health practitioners are needed to develop effective approaches to tackling major health issues, such as climate change, aggression, sedentary lifestyles as well as supporting community and individual action to achieve healthy lifestyles – and here at Birmingham City University, we're at the cutting edge of these issues.
  • Our students consistently praise the supportive learning environment and the supportive atmosphere here. We'll do our best to make sure you get the very best from your whole experience and are ready to step into a wide range of the satisfying public health careers out there.
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Entry Requirements

Course Specific Requirements

Places subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check, a Disclosure and Barring Service report and registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course. A second reference for Access/BTEC students from the original referee is to be provided to the institution by 30 April of the enrolment year.

GCSE/Standard Grade/Intermediate 1&2/Equivalent Qualifications

Subjects and grades required

GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics

English, Welsh and Northern Irish Qualifications

Volume and depth of study/Tariff points and Grades

Volume and depth of study (GCE A level or equivalent)

Minimum number required: 3
Number preferred: 3

Tariff score

Points accepted: 260
Minimum points required from qualifications with the volume and depth of A level or equivalent: 260

Typical offer is BCC

GCE A/AS level grade range

GCE AS

Acceptability

Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Subjects and grades required

Health & Social Care at grade C or Social Science at grade C.

Excluded Subjects

General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Additional Information

Two AS subjects accepted with two A levels at grade C

GCE A level

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

Subjects and grades required

Health & Social Care at grade C or Social Science at grade C.

Excluded Subjects

General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Additional Information

A typical offer would be BCC

GCE A level Double Award

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

BTEC National Certificate (12 units) (not including Early Years)

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

Required grades

Distinction, Distinction

Subjects and grades required

Health and Social Care or Science

BTEC National Diploma (18 units) (not including Early Years)

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

Required grades

Merit, Merit, Merit

Subjects and grades required

Health and Social Care or Science

OCR National Diploma (12 units)

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

Required grades

Distinction

Subjects and grades required

Health and Social Care or Science

14-19 Diploma Overall Tariff Score
Progression Diploma

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own or in combination

Which Lines Of Learning/Points/Grades are accepted for entry

Society, Health & Development at grade B.

Advanced Diploma

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own or in combination

Which Lines Of Learning/Points/Grades are accepted for entry

.
Full Award to achieve 250 UCAS tariff points

Key Skills

Is achievement encouraged?

Will Key Skills tariff points be counted towards an offer?

What Key Skill level is appropriate?

Application of number

No

No

Communication

No

No

ICT

No

No

Improving own knowledge

No

No

Working with others

No

No

Problem solving

No

No

Scottish Qualifications

Tariff Points and Grades

Tariff Score

260

Scottish Higher grade range

Scottish Advanced Higher grade range

Advanced Higher

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

Core Skills

Is achievement encouraged?

Will Core Skills tariff points be counted towards an offer?

What Core Skill level is appropriate?

Application of number

No

No

Communication

No

No

ICT

No

No

Working with others

No

No

Problem solving

No

No

Other Tariff Qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

Subjects and grades required

Five Highers at Grade 3 or above

CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

Subjects and grades required

Child Care and Education, minimum grade C

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

Required grades

32

Extended Project (2008 onwards)

Acceptability

Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Access & Supporting Qualifications

Access to HE

Subjects and grades required

Full award 60 credits with a minimum of 45 at Level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction in a Science or Health related subject and 15 at Level 2, must include Mathematics and English Language GCSE equivalent if not already achieved

Other Qualifications

Work-based Learning: Other

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own & combined with other qualifications

Subjects and grades required

NVQ level 4, Full award required plus Maths and English grade C or above.

Others

Subjects and grades required

The Open University K101 - An Introduction to Health and Social Care Completion of full year (transcripts will be required).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

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Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

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Our advice for applying to a health care course

Applying for a course and preparing for an interview can be a daunting process, so we have created a series of films to help you through the process, including what to put in your personal statement.

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Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Sample modules

You'll study a range of subjects on this public health course.

You will develop the skills necessary for working as a public health practitioner while on placement.

Example modules include:
 
Developing Personal and Professional Skills
 
Research Skills for Public Health
 
Understanding Public Health, locally, nationally, globally
 
Understanding Epidemiology in Public Health
 
Contemporary Issues in Public Health
 
Community Profiling
 
Health Protection
 
Health Policy
 
Health Inequalities
Public health leadership

Including:

  • Commissioning
  • Business case development
  • Local authority working
  • Entrepreneurialism.

You can study our course on a full-time or part-time basis. In addition to face-to-face contact, students learn through placements and self-directed learning.

We will assess your learning preferences (e.g. strategic, deep and surface learning) and work with you to maximise your success on the course. We recognise that our students are all very different, and provide structured support to help you successfully manage the transition to self-directed learning including additional seminars and one-to-one tutorials.

For example, some of our students wanted to improve skills in academic reading - so we encouraged them to form small reading groups and directed them to various texts which they then discussed in their groups.

You also benefit from formative assessment throughout the course from which they you receive verbal feedback.

Your access to e-learning resources (Moodle) for all modules offers you a great set of online resources, discussion forums and directed and self-directed study to help you. We also have a culture of supporting students who have their own ideas about how to promote their learning, for example through volunteering opportunities (we have identified these through our partnerships). By using initiatives like this, and others, you will enhance your employability and apply the learning to practice.

We want to empower you to develop your skills in developing public health projects. We recently supported one student's innovative project to highlight the resources available at our City South Campus such as free counselling and opportunities to get involved in gardening and eco projects.

Additional support

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

More on our disability tutor >>

We offer extra technical and learning support.

Teaching breakdown

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79 Time in independent study RoyalBlue
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Assessment breakdown

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Student stories - Natasha

Natasha Dawson shares with us why she chose to study at Birmingham City University, what she has enjoyed about studying here and how supportive staff helped her tailor the course to suit her needs.

Accreditation

Our course is aligned with the Public Health Register – a voluntary register of professionals who have been assessed as meeting nationally agreed public health standards.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further study

Public health provides the opportunity for lifelong learning and this course forms the basis for progression into further study. You could continue to study the MSc Public Health or MSc Health and Social Care and onwards to undertake a PhD.

Through our Graduate School in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research we can offer you a range of postgraduate options at either taught or research degree level.

Trips and visits

As part of our links with public health organisations, first year public health students have had the opportunity to get involved in a variety of visits and events. One of these was to SIFA Fireside, a Birmingham-based homeless charity that has a pioneering approach to improving the health of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Our students got to visit the 'drop-in,' where service users can get meals, access showers, laundry facilities and health clinics, talk to staff about housing issues and find out about volunteering in SIFA's social enterprises. Student Natasha Dawson said:

Module dates

The following spreadsheet gives 2015/16 dates for all Health-related modules:

Postgraduate Module Dates 2015/16

Enhancing your employability skills

You will gain the knowledge and practical skills to work in the fast and ever changing and dynamic world of public health. This is whether you see your future career in local authority public health services, the NHS, or in the voluntary or private sectors.

Examples of the variety of employment options awaiting you include:

  • Public health practitioner
  • Health promotion advisor
  • Health trainer and training coordinator
  • Community development and community outreach worker
  • Health information officer
  • Youth worker
  • Drug and alcohol team and project worker
  • Health researcher.

After graduating, you will be eligible for application on to the UK Public Health Practitioner Register.

Our students also recently took part in a Meet the Employers event, organised by the University's careers team, where a panel of employers working in public health related fields was available to answer students' questions about public health careers. One of these is NCS, which recruits students with experience in public health to undertake paid summer placements working with young people with a range of needs to mentor them and support them to develop community projects.

Placements

You'll have opportunities to develop links with employers from your first year, when a wide range of public health organisations come to talk to you about public health roles and work opportunities in diverse fields such as working with people with disabilities, maintaining a healthy weight, tackling substance misuse, preventing accidents and addressing homelessness.

You will undertake five-week placements in your second and third years. You can opt for placements with existing partner organisations or talk to the team about your own ideas.

Dr Phil Shelton, our Placements Coordinator, works tirelessly to develop a wide range of placements for students including with Birmingham Settlement, SIFA Fireside, Walsall Housing Group, Walsall NHS Healthcare Trust, South Derbyshire District Council, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Public Health Dudley (Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council), Ideal for All, a user led charity of disabled people in Sandwell and Change Kitchen – a Birmingham-based social business.

Several students on our course are keen to take their public health skills overseas and are working with the team here to set up such opportunities.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

As a public health student, you'll have opportunities through the Student Ambassador scheme to co-facilitate our masterclasses and other events with schools.

Our students are also working on developing their own "this is public health" video.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

One of the great things about our course is that it can lead to so many different public health jobs. A case in point is Paula Smith, our current Course Director, who is a graduate of the course and has held a variety of traditional and non-traditional public health roles. This includes work in housing organisations like People for Action, in the voluntary sector for CHART West Midlands as well as Specialist Health Promotion Officer in Sandwell, and Policy Implementation Lead for Dudley Community Partnership.

Other students who have left our public health courses have improved public health in practice in Thailand and many other parts of the world.

Other student opportunities

To enhance your CV, we offer extra-curricular student opportunities, such as a major incident simulation, that you can get involved in.

Student opportunities  >>

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

As an international student joining the public health course, you will develop skills across a variety of public health approaches for example health protection, community development, individual change and in particular skills in determining which approaches are most effective in specific circumstances.

There's also the opportunity to spend a semester with our public health students with our Study Abroad scheme.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Facilities

Birmingham City University is one of the largest providers of nursing, health care and non-clincial health education in the UK, with more than 7,000 students. That means if you choose to study here, you will have access to some of the most advanced training and education facilities available.

The course is based at our City South Campus, where we offer a state of the art collection of advanced learning tools and practice/simulation facilities.

We have facilities around simulation and state of the art learning technology and many other tools, like our unique SPACE (Skills Practice and Care Enhancement), an innovative practice area all students can access outside of lecture time to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Meet our staff

Staff within the public health team have strong links with real-world public health practice. For example, a team led by Dr Anne Robbins has just been awarded a contract to work with Health Education West Midlands, which involves working with staff working in public health roles in the NHS and local authorities to support them in the process of getting on to the UK Public Health Professional Register.

Meanwhile, our Professor in Public Health Promotion, Fatemeh Rabiee, has been involved in the "ENRICH" research Programme in Birmingham in collaboration with Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust and the University of Warwick, which is looking at how different ethnic and cultural groups seek help for early psychosis.

Dr Anne Robbins

Senior Lecturer, Public Health

Anne's background is in public health and health promotion, on research based projects at a local, regional and national level. This has been within the NHS, Local Authorities, BBC and National Charities.

She has undertaken a wide range of research and consultancy appointments on health promotion and public health which have focused on qualitative research and multiagency collaboration. Key areas of interest include communication and community engagement.

Aldo Mussi

Tutor, Health Promotion / Public Health

Aldo trained in Earth sciences and social sciences, and has been a qualified teacher for over 25 years. He has worked in industry, education and as a VSO in Malawi, before spending 12 years in the NHS in various health promotion/public health teams. His particular interests are in Community Development and Sustainable Development.

For the last 10 years he has applied his experience to teaching BSc and MSc students here at BCU. Aldo is an Assessor for the West Midlands pilot of the UK Public Health Register for practitioners, and continues his involvement in health promotion/public health practice via his voluntary activities.

Lynda Stobert

Senior Lecturer/Programme Director, MSc Public Health

Lynda Stobert is the Programme Director to the MSc Public Health Programme and is also the module lead for the Social Science and Public Health module delivered on the course. She has extensive experience in teaching healthcare and public health students across a range of modules related to the sociology of health and illness, the sociology of the body and health inequalities.

She is an experienced qualitative researcher and has recently contributed to a HTA-funded study in women’s healthcare (qualitative arm of the study concerned with women’s experiences).

She is a part of the team that will also deliver a BSc Public Health from September 2013.

Lynda is a member of the British Sociological association and is also an assessor with the United Kingdom Public Health Register (UKPHR).

Dr Phil Shelton

Senior Lecturer/Placement Co-ordinator, Public Health and Health and Well-Being

Phil teaches health sociology and research methods. He is Placement Co-ordinator for BSc (Hons) Health and Wellbeing (Nutrition Science) and BSc (Hons) Public Health. he has trained as an Assessor for the Public Health Practitioner Scheme (UKPHR).

Phil's interest in student placements is extended into his current research project on Students’ Advising Students on Placement Success.

Dr Paul Allen

Senior Lecturer/Subject Quality Coordinator

I have teaching interests in Health Policy, Health Economics, Sociology of Health and Qualitative Research Methods. I teach on a range of undergraduate, professional and postgraduate health courses. Part of the team for the new BSc (Hons) Public Health. 

Professor Fatemeh Rabiee-Khan

Professor of Public Health Promotion

Prof Fatemeh Rabiee is an academic and practitioner in Public Health Nutrition and Health Promotion. She has extensive experience of teaching and initiating, managing and implementing a number of applied research and evaluation projects in the broad area of public health and social care in the UK, Iran and the Netherlands, using a range of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. She also works with various non-government organisations in the UK.

Fatemeh contributes as a chair and key note speaker to a number of international conferences in the broad area of public health.

Dr Kate Thomson

Senior Lecturer

Dr Kate Thomson, Programme Director of Health and Social Care MSc completed her postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham with a PhD on learning disability services and welfare development in Russia. She also runs the Health Policy, Management & Leadership pathway of CPD Dimensions in Health Care. She has more than 10 years’ experience of teaching health policy at postgraduate and post-qualifying levels. Her main interests lie in health and welfare systems, global health and sociological public health. 

Joy Hall

Head of Department

Since gaining my RN at Addenbrookes Hospital in 1982 I have worked in adult and sexual health nursing. In 1986 I moved into nurse education, initially as a clinical teacher at The Whittington Hospital & The Nightingale College of Nursing in London.

Since that time I have worked in various roles within health care education, whilst maintaining a clinical element/caseload. Formerly a member of the RCN Sexual Health Forum Committee and committee member for various groups within the College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists (COSRT) formerly the British Association of Sexual & Relationship Therapists (BASRT).

During my career I have been responsible for the instigation and development of a psychosexual therapy service in the Black Country, together with the further development of another service in the East Midlands.

I have held a number of management roles within Birmingham City University and am currently the Head of Department Public Health, a team of experienced health care academics from a wide range of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds.

Currently working towards my PhD via publication - theme - Sexuality and sexual health in healthcare practice.

Shirley Kirnon

Senior Lecturer, Infection Prevention and Control

My professional background is nursing and I specialise in teaching Infection Prevention and Control, which is a specialism within the health protection strand of Public Health. I am involved in teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, across the various healthcare disciplines.

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