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.
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:
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 2018/19 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.
Year 3 modules include:
- To enable students to integrate and apply the skills and knowledge base underpinning their public health education in a sustained piece of independent academic work (practice-based project).
- To develop students capacity to identify contemporary public health issues and to propose strategies of service improvement as a result of independent learning from different sources and experiences.
- To provide learning opportunities that support the public health role within the context of the social determinants of health i.e. to improve priority public health conditions and reduce health inequalities.
- To help students develop research and evaluative skills to support an evidence-based approach to their Public Health practice.
Year 3 modules include:
1. Provide opportunities to engage with different approaches to research and evaluation;
2. Link a critical approach to data sources to the students’ own professional knowledge and practices;
3. Place research in the wider context of policy and professional practice;
4. Evaluate the role of stakeholders, including service users, in the research and evaluation process; and
5. Enable students to develop a robust research proposal
6. Enable students to critique evaluation studies in relevant areas of professional practice
This module aims to:
Develop an understanding, knowledge, and skills for engaging with historical and contemporary public health discourses, problems, theories, research methodologies, policy and practice issues
Provide a social science based contextual and critical understanding of the impact of the social determinants of health on population health outcomes, with a emphasis on the importance of community engagement as part a public health response
Evaluate a range of projects and research studies; identifying the impact on public health issues
Understand and evaluate the key principles and concepts underpinning developments in public health and health promotion at the community level
Critically analyse the influence of various national policies on health promotion practice.
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.
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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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.
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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