The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Public Health

Why choose this course?

Public health saves 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. Increasing government attention is focussed on improving population health, as demonstrated in current policy. Much emphasis is placed on tackling the underlying causes of ill-health, promoting health and well-being, and addressing health inequalites.

Many agencies now having public health responsibilities; 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.

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What happens on the course?

This course will enable you to gain an understanding of the multi-disciplinary approaches to Public Health. As a Public Health student you will develop the knowledge and 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 public health related areas.

A range of 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.

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

Why Wolverhampton?

The 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, and so can help you integrate and apply the knowledge you will gain.

Meet the Staff:

What our students think

“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 of health.”

The lecturers were very supportive, competent and friendly; 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.”

“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 health. I can say that all these skills that I gained are helping me in my career.”

Career path

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 Masters 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 / Physicians Associate training.

What skills will you gain?

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 Faculty of Public Health (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 gives the course a sound foundation for employability. The course is also able to provide the platform for individuals to become graduate professionals who are digitally literate, knowledgeable, enterprising and aware of their role within the public health arena as global citizens.

Entry requirements

2017 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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