Public Health Studies

Health is one of those essential things to living a productive, happy and fulfilling life that we tend to take for granted, until we lose it or it becomes impaired in some way. It is at these times that we need the help, support and guidance of experienced and knowledgeable people.


Few things could be more satisfying than a career in health; the public health team are highly experienced academics and practitioners in a range of health professions, and are committed and dedicated to providing a quality learning experience for our students.

Explore the tabs below to find out more about Public Health: 

The study of health at the University of Wolverhampton offers a fantastic and exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and experiences in order to enter into a range of careers relating to health.

The NHS is one of the largest employers in Europe, therefore there are lots of career opportunities for graduates, but you won’t be restricted to the NHS; many of our graduates are employed in such diverse areas as Health Promotion, Smoking Cessation, Occupational Health, Housing and Health Information Support Services.

Public health lecturer’s research on breast cancer in Singapore, is published in prestigious journal.

Little is known about the presentation, help seeking behaviour for breast cancer in Singapore. Nor was there a study exploring the experience of patients in their breast cancer journey. This paper reports the first qualitative study in Singapore about attitudes and experience of breast cancer presentation for diagnosis and treatment. Apart from implications on clinical practice and policies on breast screening and awareness promotion in Singapore, this study revealed major methodological limitations in current measures of late/delay presentation of cancer that need addressing in this field of research.

Dr Jennifer Lim, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, investigated this issue with colleagues from the National University Singapore. They concluded that a better approach is needed to measure delayed presentation for cancer that considers the tumour biology, and information of the practice of breast self-examination is critical to ascertain the reliability of the time delay measure.

A full text copy of the paper can be accessed at the following link:

Author: Jennifer Lim - Senior Lecturer in Public Health.






Aleesha Verma

Year of Graduation: 2018

  • Course - BA Social Care & Health Studies
  • Nationality - British
  • Career industry - Health
  • Current job title - Founder: Gutless Warrior: Awareness Campaigner

To read more about Aleesha and view her case study video, please click here.


The Public Health Studies department at the University of Wolverhampton have excellent partnerships with local and national stakeholder and employers across the globe. As we have such a long history in offering courses in public health, health studies and health and social care, we have a large network of alumni, many of whom occupy senior positions in health-related roles across the globe. These connections, networks and links assist us in ensuring our courses meet the needs of potential employers but also provide students with a network of contacts for work experience and placements and can assist in their search for employment.

We have great relationships with our local Public Health and Social Care Directors and their teams, as well as Local Authority staff and voluntary and community sector organizations. We have also built good relationships with the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and are one of only two higher education institutions to have secured a formal partnership with them - we also offer our students the opportunity to receive complementary student membership of the RSPH.

To enhance the employability of our students our courses are also aligned to many frameworks and competencies; these include:

  • Public Health Professional Practice Framework,
  • Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework,
  • UKPHR Practitioner Registration Competencies
  • IUHPE Health Promotion Competencies
  • ASPHER's European Public Health Core Competences


Dr Ranjit Khutan, Head of the Public Health Studies Department, is also a Board member of the UKPHR: the independent, dedicated regulator for public health professionals in the United Kingdom.

We have a great team who will be teaching you here at WLV Public Health! Browse our staff here:

The Public Health Studies department at the University of Wolverhampton has a long and well-respected history of providing public health, health studies and health & social care programmes to overseas students. For example, our Master of Public Health (MPH) is one of the longest running MPH courses in the UK and is an internationally recognised programme that is respected across the globe. International students who have studied on this and other programmes in the public health subject area have contributed to the development & enhancement of public health practice and policy, both in the UK and internationally, benefitting from our focus on the wider social determinants on health & wellbeing and those that focus on the socio-ecological model of health.

We also offer our students an international experience so they can take advantage of the many opportunities available across the world, through our “Health in India” field trip which is available as an optional* programme to all students.  This two-week course enables students to learn about health care in India, meet with health care providers in Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), as well as visit places of historical and cultural interest.

We have been delivering this programme every September since 2015.  Through an experiential learning approach – where instead of lectures we provide opportunities to experience the real world of health and provide opportunities to meet with health professionals and the public - students have explored health issues with private and government health workers in cities and rural areas, and with workers at NGOs and community health outreach programmes serving the slums around Delhi's business district. Students also interact with students at University’s and professional education institutes. 

Students are also encouraged to engage in our International Conference on Global Public Health that is held annually in Wolverhampton, and the many other international opportunities available across the University.

(*student self-funded)