The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Public Health

Why choose this course?

Public health has always had a major role in preventing health problems, and protecting the health of the nation. Increasing Government attention is being placed on tackling the underlying causes of ill-health and promoting health and well-being. Many agencies now have public health responsibilities and this 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. This course is specifically designed to fulfil this need. The educational aim of the course is to develop the specific knowledge and skills needed for effective public heath practice.

The course follows the nine competency areas defined by the Public Health Skills and Career framework (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), which relate to the three domains of public health practice (health protection, health improvement and service quality).

This course will enable you to gain an understanding of the inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to Public Health. As a Public Health student you will develop the skills necessary for the assimilation and understanding of the complex and diverse nature of the subject, as well as more general skills which will be widely transferable, enabling you to effectively prepare for and to establish a career in a wide range of health and public health related areas. A range of the modules will be studied, some alongside other health and social care students, which will broaden your understanding of Public Health, and provide you with opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning.

What happens on the course?

Some examples of modules you will study are:

  • Principles and practice of Public Health
  • Human health and the environment
  • The Sociology of Public Health
  • Developing healthy communities
  • Exploring the development and scope of public health
  • Violent societies-violent lives: Identifying the public health response
  • Developing communication skills for effective person-centred practice
  • Exploring mental health issues in contemporary society
  • World Health: examining global issues and actions

Career path

This course will prepare you to move into the field of public health employment, across a range of settings and employers within the public, independent and third sector. For example: Health Service; Local Authority; Civil Service; Higher Education; Private Sector; Charities; and Hospitals.

Roles could include:

Researcher; Support Worker; Health Trainer; Community Development Worker; Health Improvement Officer; Public Health Analyst; Infection Control; Health Commissioner; Policy Lead; and Health Economist.

For those who wish to continue in further study or research, the Institute of Public Health, Social Work & Care currently offers a Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in Public Health. These may be studied full or part-time, along with more flexible study options for those who wish to take stand alone modules as part of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time - * £11,475
Part time - *
2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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

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