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Institute of Health

Public Health

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

What keeps people healthy? Public health is about creating a healthy, happy society – helping to prevent health problems, rather than working with people who are ill.

What keeps people healthy? Public health is about creating a healthy, happy society – helping to prevent health problems, rather than working with people who are ill.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B914
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021, 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

What keeps people healthy? Public health is about creating a healthy, happy society – helping to prevent health problems, rather than working with people who are ill.

We can look out of our window to see issues that public health can improve. On this course, you’ll learn how you can make a difference to society for many people, working towards preventing people getting ill and even saving lives.

The discipline has always had a major role in preventing health problems and protecting the health of the nation, and is more relevant now than ever. Emphasis is placed on tackling the underlying causes of ill health, promoting health and wellbeing, and addressing health inequalites.

Wolverhampton has some of the worst health statistics in the country. We work a lot with Directors of Public Health, so you will benefit from a strong practical emphasis on real life situations.

Many agencies now have public health responsibilities, which is opening up new opportunities for innovative approaches. It also brings the need for a well-prepared public health workforce, able to work flexibly across many disciplines and demonstrate a wide range of abilities. The course is specifically designed to fulfil this need.

Exercise and physical activity are one of the key pillars of Public Health England’s strategy – if you're particularly interested in promoting exercise for health, the BSc (Hons) Exercise & Health degree might be of interest.

What happens on the course?

BSc (Hons) Public Health will enable you to gain an understanding of the multi-disciplinary approaches to public health. You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively prepare for and to establish a career in a wide range of public health related areas.

There are three modules per semester and you will spend two days at University, with the format of delivery fitting in with people who work or have other commitments. You will learn and be assessed through a variety of activities including discussion, debate, presentations, posters, video clips, quizzes and more.

You can gain experience through our module on Volunteering, which will help you to understand the theory.

A range of modules will be studied, on topics including violence and world health. Some modules will be studied alongside other health and social care students, which will broaden your understanding of public health, and provide you with opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning.

Examples of modules include:

  • Human Health and the Environment,
  • The Sociology of Public health
  • Developing healthy communities,
  • Exploring mental health issues in contemporary society
  • Epidemiology,
  • World health: examining global issues and actions.
  • Promoting health: assessing and addressing health need

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This course will prepare you to move into the field of public health employment. Several agencies offer opportunities, within the public, private or voluntary sector. A variety of occupational roles are possible, such as:

  • Public health practitioner
  • Health improvement lead
  • Wellbeing advisor
  • Health promoter / Health advisor
  • Health inequalities worker
  • Lifestyle trainer
  • Health protection practitioner
  • Public health intelligence analyst
  • Childhood obesity programme co-ordinator
  • Mental health promotion specialist
  • Sexual health advisor
  • Smoking cessation counsellor
  • Community development officer
  • Research assistant
  • Community safety analyst
  • Health lecturer

For those who wish to continue in further study or research, the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing currently offers a Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree in Public Health. These may be studied full or part-time, or by Distance Learning, along with more flexible study options for those who wish to take stand alone modules as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). There is also the possibility of pursuing Graduate Nurse / Physician Associate training.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 

BSc (Hons) Public Health is one of many courses run by the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, which has an established reputation for excellence in terms of the quality of its courses, particularly through the provision of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and for the student centred-friendliness of its academic and administrative staff. You will have the benefit of being taught by very experienced staff with first-hand knowledge of working in the public health field in a variety of professional roles, helping you to integrate and apply the knowledge you will gain.


The educational aim of the course is to develop the specific knowledge and skills needed for effective public heath practice.

Public health is an art and a science, so you will gain relevant analytical skills. You’ll study epidemiology which, by its nature, is detective work; it’s an analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations.

You will also develop your person-centred communication skills, learning to communicate with empathy and respect which is vital in many work disciplines.

The course follows competency areas, providing a sound foundation for employability in public health, including: surveillance and assessment of health; assessing the evidence for health; policy and strategy; leadership and collaborative working; health improvement and protection; public health intelligence; academic public health; and health and social care quality. These relate to the three domains of public health practice: health protection; health improvement; and service quality.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time Block Release £3050 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time Block Release £6125 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study


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Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at

English language requirements also apply

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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