Health Studies (Public Health) - BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code: B910
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Location: City South
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Do you want to improve the health of individuals, communities and populations? Do you want to be a Public Health Practitioner?  If you have a passion for making a difference, this Health Studies (Public Health) undergraduate degree will allow you to explore your interests and develop core skills so that you can go on to work in a variety of different jobs  that look after the health and wellbeing of the population in the UK. 

What's covered in the course?

On our Health Studies (Public health) course you will learn about a wide variety of issues affecting the health of the population such as poverty, pollution, poor housing, access to good quality, affordable food and health inequalities. You will be taught many different skills that are needed in order to improve the health of populations, communities and individuals and will have the opportunity to implement these skills during work placements, in institutions and locations of your choice.

By the end of your undergraduate degree, you should leave fully empowered to contribute to improving health in he UK and around the world. You will gain both knowledge 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.

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 health careers out there.

See what our students say...

“I didn’t know about the number of additional opportunities that would be available to me both within my course and outside of it. There are so many interesting projects within the Health Studies course” Marwa Saeed

Why Choose Us?

  • Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 90 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.
  • We work in strong partnership with local councils, the NHS, Public Health England and voluntary organisations, which means you can benefit from building relationships with these institutions throughout your degree so that you leave with plenty of experience and employability skills
  • You will have the opportunity to study abroad to help extend your skills and experience (last year we sent some students to Taiwan, and they found it invaluable).
  • Real-life experience - you will be actively involved in tackling real-life issues all the way throughout your degree, seamlessly merging theory with practice
  • Study at our recently extended £71 million City South campus that is complete with state-of-the-art facilities and learning environments to make sure you get the most out of your time here
  • Excellent experience and placement opportunities available - previous students have been involved in shaping the Birmingham Charter for Health, providing students with practical experience to help boost employability
  • Strong links with the UK Public Health Register – the regulatory body for public health professionals and the West Midlands for public health professionals
  • Complete support throughout your degree and beyond from our practitioners who have first-hand experience working 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, health protection and leadership and management in service improvement

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 health careers out there.

Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 19 October 2019. Register your interest and we'll send an email update nearer the time. Visit us to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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£150 free credit for undergraduate students

We're offering new Home and EU undergraduate degree students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year £150 credit to spend, giving you the best possible start to life at BCU. It can can be spent on a wide range of items from an online shop stocking books, clothes, art supplies, medical/nursing equipment and more.

*Term and Conditions apply - some undergraduate courses are not eligible for this scheme.

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This course is open to International students

Entry Requirements

Course Specific Requirements

Places subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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. 

GCSE/Standard Grade/Intermediate 1 and 2/Equivalent Qualifications
Subjects and grades required

GCSE at Grade 4 (formerly Grade C) or above in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent. 

Only Functional Skills and Key Skills are considered equivalent qualifications in lieu or GCSE subjects. 

English, Welsh and Northern Irish Qualifications

GCE A level Double Award
Acceptability

Acceptable on its own at A* A, or combined with other qualifications

GCE A level
Acceptability

Acceptable on their own (3 A Levels), or fewer if combined with other acceptable qualifications

Subjects and grades required

Health and 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

Pearson BTEC National Diploma (12 units) (not including Early Years)
Acceptability

Acceptable on its own at D* D, or combined with other qualifications

Required grades

Distinction*, Distinction

Subjects and grades required

Health and Social Care or Science

Pearson BTEC Level Three Extended National Diploma (18 units) (not including Early Years)
Acceptability

Acceptable on its own at DMM, or combined with other qualifications

Required grades

Distinction, Merit, Merit

Subjects and grades required

Health and Social Care or Science

OCR National Diploma (12 units)
Acceptability

Acceptable when 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 and 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 104 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

104

Scottish Higher grade range

Scottish Advanced Higher grade range

Advanced Higher

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own and 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 and 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 and combined with other qualifications

Subjects and grades required

Child Care and Education, minimum grade C

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

Required grades

26

Extended Project (2008 onwards)

Acceptability

Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Access and 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.

If an applicant is studying an Access qualification or has already achieved an acceptable Level 3+ qualification, but is missing an acceptable Level 2 qualification, then they will be asked to complete Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and/or English Language (as applicable) by the 31st July alongside the GCSE they are studying.

Other Qualifications

If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

Work-based Learning: Other

Acceptability

Acceptable on its own and 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).

International Students

Entry requirements here

From a minimum of 3 A levels. 

Don’t meet our entry requirements?

You could apply for a foundation course or a course at our International College. These routes have lower entry requirements and act as the bridge to a full degree. To find out more, please select your status:

Home student International student

  • UK students
  • EU and International students

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2019

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 5 years
  • TBC

Award: BSc (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2019

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 3 years
  • £12,300 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

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.

More guidance

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 Equal Opportunities Form, and submit them 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.

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.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Fees for part-time students

Several undergraduate degrees are available on a part-time study basis. These are usually studied over five or six years with fees due based on credit requirements each year.

If you study over six years, then you will pay 50 per cent of the full-time annual fee each year.

If you study over five years, you will pay 50 per cent of the full-time annual fee for years one and two, and 66 per cent of the full-time annual fee for years three to five.

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.

Find additional costs for your course

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

Get personal statement advice

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.

Year One

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Perspectives on Health
40 credits

In this module you will develop your knowledge of the many factors that contribute to good health and the multiple dimensions of well-being. You will be introduced to three key disciplines across this double module – all of which will contribute to your development as a health practitioner. They are sociology, psychology and physiology.

Continuing themes from the “improving health for individuals and populations” module, you will identify and evaluate how sociological, physiological and psychological perspectives conceptualise health. You will review qualitative and quantitative sources of data that different disciplines draw on to describe health and to assess the main factors influencing health.

Download the full module specification

Community Profiling
40 credits

The aim of this module is to show how an initial picture or profile of a community can be built up by using a range of sources and information available in the public domain. This module will try to develop a snapshot of factors that affect communities and their health. The module will examine some of the structural barriers that affect communities and explore some of the unmet needs of those communities. You will also have the opportunity to consider how public services engage with their localised communities. How much do we know about communities within communities? This module will try and answer some of these important questions.

Download the full module specification

Public Health Organisations
20 credits

The module will provide opportunities to explore how health promotion approaches develop in practice and the extent to which they shape interventions. There will be opportunities to explore the extent to which models discussed in your module on “improving health for individuals and populations” reflect practice.

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Improving Health for Individuals and Populations
20 credits

This module provides the foundations for your future career in promoting health. Promoting health and preventing illness is central to the vision for the NHS; and more broadly with the work of the World Health Organisation.

However, this module will focus on the different ways that people (including you) think about health. In line with the focus of the World Health Organisation, the module will provide opportunities for you to identify and discuss factors that promote (and demote) health. It then considers how these concepts of health link to different approaches to improving health.

Download the full module specification

Year Two

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Epidemiology and Research Evidence
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the theoretical basis and practicalities of statistical data analysis and approaches to epidemiological research using routinely collected data. Epidemiology concerns the investigation of distributions and causes of disease within populations. In this module, you will be given a comprehensive introduction to the design of publicly available scientific data repositories.

The module will also highlight why these are important in health research. The emphasis of the course is on practical application using routinely collected data. Throughout the course, you will develop skills in data analysis by working with publicly available datasets that have been collected as part of health, population and demographic surveys.

Download the full module specification

Health Inequalities
20 credits

This level 5 module will introduce you to a range of ideas, concepts and reading from the social sciences and policy literature relating to health and public health, in order to explore and explain the persistence of heath inequalities.

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Improving Population Health through Policy and Strategy
20 credits

This Module is a key part of the Health Studies (Public Health) Course. The Course Team and our Practice-based Partners recognise that health is complex, determined and influenced by a range of social, economic, environmental, political and individual factors. This module builds on one of the key course aims of being practice-led and knowledge applied.

The module will help you develop a range of conceptual and theoretical insights that will enhance your personal and professional practice. The module will enable you to understand the crucial role of public health policies and their application to practice. The Course will provide opportunities for you to examine a range of contemporary public health issues taking account of national and local perspectives through the module content.

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Health Protection
20 credits

Health Protection (HPt) is one of the ‘3 Domains’ of public health. Its role within public health practice is touched upon elsewhere on the course, but this is your opportunity to scrutinise it in detail. You will examine the nature of HPt work generally, before looking at various ways in which infectious and noninfectious hazards are tackled. The module has made very successful use of a number of outside experts in HPt from various workplaces.

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Placement (1)
40 credits

A key feature of the BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health) at Birmingham City University is that students will have the opportunity to undertake placements where a range of knowledge and understanding gained from the programme can be applied to practical situations.

Our dedicated Placements Coordinator will work with you prior to and during the module, to help you to identify a suitable placement. Where possible international placements will be encouraged.

This module aims to prepare you to undertake your first placement experience in order to develop your understanding of what it is to work in a public health setting. Part of this preparation will focus on developing your reflective skills, which are an essential part of developing a growth mindset. You will also have the opportunity to explore the scope and limits of individually focused health promotion.

Download the full module specification

Year Three

In order to complete this course, you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits).

Honours Project
40 credits

The Honours Project requires you to plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent work addressing a specific question for health-related practice /policy. It is an opportunity to complete an extended piece of work around a topic of your choice, in order to demonstrate Honours-level competence in independently reviewing, appraising and evaluating evidence, and applying knowledge in the pursuit of excellence. This is a substantial piece of work that you complete independently, with guidance from an academic supervisor. You will be drawing upon the independent learning skills that you have developed in the first two years of your degree.

Download the full module specification

Placement (2)
40 credits

This module is a key part of the BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health) Course. Placements provide the main opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and understanding that you have developed on the course to an area of practice. Your practice-led Course is aligned with the National Standards for Public Health Practitioners. This module will provide opportunities for you to develop competences in the underpinning skills and knowledge required for practice such as priority setting and management, developing constructive working relationships and awareness of your personal impact on others as well as the principles of effective partnership and team-working.

You will also start to apply technical competences to public health work. In particular you will have opportunities to work collaboratively with your placement provider on planning or delivery of programmes to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for populations/communities/groups/families /individuals.

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Contemporary Issues: Global, National and Local Perspectives
20 credits

This module provides the opportunity for you to identify and engage with current issues or dilemmas that are relevant for public health. Appreciation of the wider influences on health and public health policy and practice is a core aspect of the programme philosophy. In this module you will develop your critical appreciation of global, national and local processes that impact on health and public health practice. This will be combined with an identification and analysis of key debates or controversies relevant for public health practice.

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Developing Healthy Communities
20 credits

Collective approaches to public health are established and essential, but often poorly understood. Community Development and Legislative Action are introduced earlier in the programme. This module will provide opportunities for you to deepen your understanding of these. This will enable you (in line with the course philosophy) to develop knowledge, understanding and skills for developing healthy communities.

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Course structure

You’ll study a range of subjects on this health studies course and you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding through lectures, group activities, peer learning visits, placements, specialist guest speakers and online study.

You'll also have opportunities to put your knowledge and understanding into practice through placements and extra-curricular learning opportunities. These include voluntary work (we can help you find volunteering opportunities) and your own campaigns (eg one of our students is raising awareness of the wide range of activities and resources available to promote the health of students at City South including free passes to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and a free Student Counselling Service).

Two of our most popular modules are:

  • Community Profiling - 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.

  • Health Protection – focusing on infectious and non-infectious hazards and challenging topics such as violence – where Professor John Middleton, current President of the UK Faculty of Public Health and renowned nationally and internationally talks about his work on armed organised conflict and health.

You can study our course on a full-time or part-time basis. We'll assess your learning preferences (eg 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 activities throughout the course which enable you to submit and get feedback on work directly related to your assignments.

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 health projects whether this is starting a campaign on levels of pollution in the city; or supporting others to develop the skills to stand against aggression and discrimination.

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.

Accreditation

Our course is aligned with the UK Public Health Register – a register of professionals who have been assessed as meeting nationally agreed public health standards. The Register is currently voluntary but employers are increasingly specifying on job details that applicants should be on the register or working towards registration. As a Birmingham City University graduate, you will be well-placed to meet this requirement.

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

Trips and visits

As part of our links with health employers, 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:

Enhancing your employability skills

You will gain the knowledge and practical skills to make an impact on the wide range of issues that affect the health of the population and change lives for the better. This is whether you see your future career in local authority public health services, the voluntary or private sectors or the NHS.

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

Upon graduating you will have made an excellent start towards demonstrating your competence as a Public Health Practitioner. In your degree (or modules) you will have been assessed in your knowledge of all of the National Standards, you will understand the portfolio process and you will have demonstrated your practical application of a number of the technical competencies in your placement. You will have made a tremendous start towards entering onto the UK Public Health Register.

Our students take part in our annual 'Meet the Employers' event, organised by the University's careers team, where a panel of employers working in health-related fields are available to answer students' questions about health careers. One of these is 'The Challenge' which recruits students with experience in health studies 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 health roles and work opportunities in diverse fields such as working with people with disabilities, maintaining a healthy weight, tackling substance misuse 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 Birmingham Settlement, SIFA Fireside, Walsall Housing Group, Walsall NHS Healthcare Trust, South Derbyshire District Council, 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.

Firewalking

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+

£27k
...is the average salary six months after graduating2016/17 DLHE Response

100%...of students are in graduate level employment or full time study six months after graduating2016/17 DLHE Response

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 health studies (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 health studies 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-clinical 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.

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.

Paula Smith

Ms Paula Smith

Senior Lecturer (Subject Lead) Public Health and Wellbeing Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Public Health/BSc (Hons) Health Studies (Public Health)

Paula Smith brings a wide range of experience, knowledge and skills to her post including:

  • Practitioner roles - Public Health/Health Promotion practice
  • Policy and Research in third sector organisations
  • Academic Research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council
  • Consultancy as part of Kilbride Smith Partnership focusing on health inequalities, health overview and scrutiny, community regeneration and health strategies.
  • Teaching and training in a variety of settings including Birmingham City University (as a Visiting Lecturer); De Montfort University and the University of Birmingham
  • Working with vulnerable groups
  • Complementary therapist – working with the Social and Emotional Development Department at Hereward College to develop and deliver a complementary therapies service for students with physical and learning disabilities.

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.

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. 

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Dr Angela Hewett PhD, CPsychol

Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology

Angela specialises in health psychology and has a keen interest in gender and health. She is particularly interested in women’s reproductive health psychology. She also has experience of working in practice as a Health Promotion Coordinator, with a focus on mental health promotion.

Angela is interested in differences in various indicators of health and wellbeing across cultures, and has researched in Norway, the United States, Canada and the UK.

Lynda Stobert

Senior Lecturer 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).

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Dr Olatunde Aremu

Health Economist & Programme Leader, MSc Public Health

Dr. Aremu specialises in Health Economics and Management and Population health. Dr. Aremu completed doctoral training at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. He has more than 15 years of experience spanning MedTech consulting, Public Health, clinical practice and academia. Dr. Aremu has held a couple of postdoctoral academic research fellowships and lectureship positions. During these periods, he worked across a range of funded research and commissioned reports both as a co-investigator and grant holder. Prior to coming to academia, Dr. Aremu was the European Lead, Evidence Generation - HEOR Medical Device and invitro diagnostics for a globally renowned consulting firm.  

Dr Kate Thomson

Associate Professor

Dr Kate Thomson is Director of Postgraduate Research Degrees for Health and leads on all aspects of recruitment, oversight and student experience for PhD (Health). She is also a member of the Public Health & Therapies department. 

Kate completed her postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham with a PhD on learning disability services and welfare development in Russia. She has more than 15 years’ experience of teaching health policy, sociological aspects of health and research skills at undergraduate, postgraduate and post-qualifying levels. Her main interests lie in health and welfare systems, global health and sociological public health. 

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.

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Jake Sallaway-Costello

Doctoral Researcher

Jake is a public health ethnographer and undertakes research on health cultures in relation to dietary behavior, specifically meat consumption.

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