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Public Health and Health Promotion (Top-up) - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This flexible course is perfect if you're seeking to expand your knowledge and skills. You'll increase your awareness and understanding of health promotion, public health and the ways individuals and groups experience them. You’ll also study the social determinants of health and their impact, and explore ways of working with people and communities to help them develop skills to improve their health. In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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With the increasing emphasis on health promotion, public health and the social determinants of health, this top-up degree has been designed for those who aspire to make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing in this fascinating and expanding field.

We’ll develop your knowledge and skills to address key public health issues, including health inequalities, health enhancing strategies and community engagement.

The course is delivered through a mix of classroom and distance learning. The teaching materials will be mapped and developed in line with the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013) to address market needs and enhance your employability.

During the course you will learn about contemporary public health challenges and consider development while undertaking a practice-based project. The course may be taken over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) and is designed to be flexible for those in work, with self-directed elements and a distance learning module.

It is ideally suited to those who have a foundation degree or a Diploma of HE in a relevant area such as nursing or health and social care who wish to broaden their career opportunities through an honours degree.


The course will use a variety of teaching and learning styles that includes traditional face-to-face and online distance learning.

A variety of assessment tools is employed throughout the course, supported by the general principle of mixed mode formative and summative assessments. These include: group presentations, practical reports and reviews, online discussions and essays. The BSc also includes a practice based project based on the student’s own area of practice or interest.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a relevant Diploma in HE eg Nursing or Health and Social Care or Foundation degree (eg Public Health and Social Care, Health and Social Care)
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

You should demonstrate your knowledge base; strong analytical abilities that are underpinned by academic skills, as well as high levels of organisation, motivation and IT skills necessary for independent learning.Please note: registered nurses with substantial relevant work experience must be registered with the UK's Nursing and Midwifery Council (or if applicable an equivalent professional body) otherwise they won't be considered.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    The Practice-Based Public Health and Health Promotion Project module enables students to design and conduct a small project in public health relevant to their specific area of practice or interest. Students will conduct their project by collecting and interpreting secondary data analysis, and designing a strategy for service improvement by using one particular research method, which can involve, a service evaluation, a health promotion campaign, a project management plan, an audit tool (questionnaire) or a feasibility study. A key focus will be on the identification of the social determinants of health at the local area level and design a strategy to improve public health and reduce health inequalities within the service or area of practice and with a view to consolidating transferable skills for future employment in Public Health and Health Promotion. The syllabus is informed by the public health core and defined areas established in the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013)
    The module will give you the opportunity to use the learning gained through the Project based Research and Evaluation and the Public Health and Health Promotion modules. Within the project guidelines you will be studying independently with support from your supervisor and members of the module team. In addition, students will be facilitated in analysing and debating Public Health issues from their practice, using student-centred learning approaches such as self-directed learning and online group discussion.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module allows students to engage with the principles, theory and practice of research and evaluation relating to their own professional experience. Students will be introduced to techniques and tools in social and professional research such as surveys, focus groups, observation and interviews. A critical approach will be taken to sources of information, and to the involvement of service users and other stakeholders. Students will place research and evaluation in wider policy and professional contexts, such as performance management frameworks and quality standards.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This is a core module for the BSc Public Health and Health Promotion programme. The module explores theory, policy and practical aspects of public health and health promotion with a focus on community level interventions and engagement within the UK. The syllabus is informed by the public health core and defined areas established in the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2016).

    Students contextualise current public health practice drawing on case studies of specific public health policy contexts in the UK. The main focus will be on key theories, policies and practices influencing developments in public health and health promotion, with an emphasis on design, implementation and evaluation of interventions at the community level.

    Relevant initiatives and research in strategies and priorities for public health and health promotion such as health inequalities, participation and involvement, partnership working, social determinants of health, lifestyles and behaviour, and population groups will be explored.

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This course is offered only at Level 6. You will take three core modules (two modules of 30 credits and a practice based project of 60 credits), making a total of 120 credits. 

Core modules:

  • Practice Based Research and Evaluation - 30 credits
  • Public Health and Health Promotion - 30 credits
  • Practice Based Public Health and Health Promotion Project - 60 credits

The course will improve career prospects for working in a variety of roles in public health and health promotion in a range of organisations including the NHS, local authorities, Public Health England, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as in voluntary and independent sectors.

The programme is aligned to the public health core and defined areas established in the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013). After successful completion of the course you will be able to demonstrate to employers your public health and health promotion skills.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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