Institute of Health

Public Health

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

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

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) 19 September 2022
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Institute of Health
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Why choose this course?

Public health is about creating a healthy, happy society – helping to prevent health problems, rather than working with people who are ill. The main focus is on what keeps people healthy? Public health is an art and a science.

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

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 establish a career in a wide range of public health related areas.

We can look out of our window to see issues that public health initiatives can improve. On this course, you’ll learn how you can make a difference to society whilst working towards preventing people from 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.  A good example of Public Health work is how Covid-19 awareness and vaccination programme has saved lives globally. Emphasis is placed on tackling the underlying causes of ill health, promoting health and wellbeing, and addressing health inequalities.

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.

 

 

What happens on the course?

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

You can access more information at these links:

Health Careers NHS

Faculty of Public Health

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 has an established reputation for excellence in terms of the quality of the course.  The course is the first in the country to be aligned to the UKPHR standards.   The staff team prides itself in 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.  Students from previous years have commended the team for excellence in teaching and learning.  

 

 

The course will enable you to develop skills that are outlined as core competencies in the Public Health Knowledge and Skills Framework. 

Each competency area relates to the three domains of public health practice: health protection; health improvement; and service quality. 

The course will build a solid foundation for you to be employment-ready in the vast arena of public health.  The competency areas include 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. 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.

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
Home Part-time Block Release £3100 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 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 Block Release £6475 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22

Additional Course Costs

Optional Costs

  • Various certified courses are available via My Course + More, ranging from £0-£200

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

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

 

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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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature 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 http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply

A selection of student comments:

  • I liked very much my studies in Public Health. It gave me an overview of Public Health, which included definitions, principles, practice and relevant topics of Public Health, such as violence and inequalities. I believe I will be able to apply this knowledge on my career as it seems to me that now I have a broad perspective over health.
  • The lecturers were very supportive, competent and friendly; so, they helped me a lot during my studies. I found very interesting the focus on the independent learning process as I believe that this skill is important, especially during the professional career.
  • I remembered that some lectures were very theoretical and I could not see how I could apply what I learned on the public health work. However, they were just a few; so, I could say that the modules were very good from a general perspective.
  • I would like to thank you and all my lecturers for the immensely support during my experience. I have learned and enjoyed a lot my time at Wolverhampton.
  • Now I am more critical, independent and willing to take (and accept) challenges. Besides, I acquired a broad view of health: I believe that now I take more into account the determinants of health and the importance of the community on an individual health. I think I can say that all these skills that I gained in England are helping me in my practical classes and will help me in my career.
  • During the first semester I was not understanding the course, however this second semester I am now enjoying and understanding it because most of the modules have overlapping information which makes it interesting. Reading from various books, resources group work and online module has improved my understanding.
  • So far I have enjoyed the course. I have found the module information easier to understand as I have moved through the year and gained a better understanding of the topics.
  • I am pleased with my final first year grades, and I have enjoyed building friendships with my cohort

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

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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