Did you know?
We know that making decisions about where to study can be daunting, so here's some key facts about BSc(Hons) Health Studies (Public Health) so you can feel reassured about your choices.
You'll be employable
Our course is mapped to the National Standards for Public Health in the UK Public Health Register, which means it’s specifically designed to deliver the competences that employers are looking for from public health practitioners.
You'll get opportunities to study abroad
A number of students on our programme have taken up this opportunity (e.g. summer school in Taiwan) as well as learning alongside students about contemporary health issues (e.g. considering pollution as a public health issue comparing approaches in China and the UK).
You'll put learning into practice
You’ll undertake placements in your second and third year, which are available in a wide range of settings, including the NHS, local councils, children’s centres, charities and voluntary organisations, and social enterprises).
You can do paid work that's relevant to your course
We have employed students on a variety of projects including peer mentoring, as student ambassadors and to design and develop events to promote public health.
You'll be taught by experts
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, and community and housing settings. Our team also has expertise in health psychology, health economics, health policy, health protection and leadership and management in service improvement.
You’ll be able to make an impact on issues affecting individuals and local communities
The course covers a wide range of health issues from improving access to good quality, affordable food; promoting active travel; profiling the health needs of specific local communities and groups. Our students have made an impact on health even before they graduate, such as one student whose placement allowed her to work on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Walsall – a key document used to identify and meet the health and social care needs of local people. It even had her name on it!
You can shape public health issues on a wider stage
Our students are part of a social movement for health which builds on the World Health Organisation’s “Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion”.
You can access additional training
Our students have taken up training offered in Excel, PRINCE2 (project management) and mentoring to make themselves more employable - and so can you!