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BA (Hons) Public Health

TARIFF: 88 - 112
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2022

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Our communities are more interconnected than ever. As a global citizen your actions can have an impact around the world. Whether its tackling climate change, or taking the fight to global pandemics, show off the difference you can make with a degree from Buckinghamshire New University.
If you’re motivated by convictions, or thinking about your career choices, you could find inspiring roles in the NHS, local government, non-profit organisations, or charity. Our BA (Hons) Public Health degree is the first step on the ladder to change.
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We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.

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Application Guide

For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.   

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Students' Union

At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why we’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities through our SU – all to enrich your university experience.

Why study this subject?

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased media and political attention on public health, elevating the significance and importance of this key subject area. If you are keen to make a difference by promoting inclusion, reducing health inequalities, prolonging the health and wellbeing of individuals, and informing our society about health and environmental policy, a career in public health is for you.

Our global community is at risk from environmental hazards like air pollution, the use of plastics and, of course, pandemics. Never has public health been more significant. That’s why now is not only an interesting time to study public health but also a deeply important one for the planet.

On our BA (Hons) Public Health degree, you’ll explore how best to protect and promote the health of the public on a local, national and international level and gain vital skills and knowledge for a diverse range of career options.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?


Studying at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU), you become part of a community of likeminded, friendly and inspiring people. Our lecturers are truly passionate about what they teach, and you’ll be able to benefit from their experience and gain the critical skills you need for your future career.

The public health degree team who teach on your public health degree course are in direct contact with current practitioners, sharing knowledge and expertise to ensure you receive the most current and significant lessons from the global health scene. All our teaching staff also actively participate in national health forums.

By studying with us you’ll gain a deep knowledge and understanding of policy and decision making, as well as exploring health promoting initiatives, designed to solve complex public health problems.

What makes BNU so special is that your lecturers have all really been a part of the teams who have influenced, formed and fought for public health agendas. We don’t just provide a theoretical education at BNU, we offer a unique insight into what your career will really look and feel like.

The public health course team regularly liaise with local public health groups to deepen their knowledge of current public health promoting initiatives and to understand in real-time what the developmental requirements are for securing employment within the sector.

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We use these links to tailor your learning to support your individual needs and aspirations and, thanks to our strong network, you could get a chance to meet and build relationships with the professionals working on the front lines of public health. 

At BNU, it’s not just about what we can give you, it’s also about what you give to us. We want you to develop your ideas, to challenge the issues that matter to you, to debate, discuss and inspire. For example, ideas on public health, the climate, environmental, social and mental health issues. We encourage you to develop your own opinion on public health policy and equip you with skills to properly present them.

Join a community that is interested in you, that wants the best for you, and that wants you to do well.


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What facilities can I use?

Our library is open 24/7 on our High Wycombe Campus and is packed with all the information you need for your assessments. You’ll have access to hundreds of specialist books, articles and online journals. Not to mention there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study time in our range of computer and quiet zones.

You will also be signed up to our Virtual Learning Environment which means you’ll have access to lots of online resources wherever you are!

We like to bring learning to life as much as possible which is why for your public health course, we have invested in simulation facilities which you’ll use to role play different public health scenarios. This means that whatever job you choose, you’ll have the academic knowledge and the practical understanding needed to take confident steps into your future.

There is plenty of space on our High Wycombe Campus to collaboratively work together and discuss ideas. There is also the university gym, Beats café, the Students’ Union and the option to attend events as well as join free societies, which cover a variety of interests from politics to snowboarding.

During my time at BNU, I took part in a range of societies and clubs including horse-riding, pole fitness, gaming and circus skills. I also went on days out that the Students' Union arranged such as trips to London and beach cleans. The SU also provided lots of skills workshops which I was glad to take advantage of. First Aid, public speaking, singing classes. They were all free and helped boost my skills and CV. I attended lots of nights out and events with the SU and because of this, I made more friends and tried new things.
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What will I study?

On our BA (Hons) Public Health degree programme, you’ll follow the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework, and gain the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your career.

This course will help you gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of how the society in which we live affects individual and community health. You'll learn about factors that influence health while exploring local, national and global approaches to improving general population health.

Throughout the programme, you'll develop important knowledge and skills enabling effectiveness in a health-promoting role. We cover important topics like public health and promotion theory, ethical decision making, health education and motivational interviewing skills.

We’ll encourage you to debate, add to your lessons and bring your own thoughts to the table. You’ll be able to discuss with your classmates and learn together with people who are passionate about the same things you are.

Over the course of this public health degree, you'll:

  • gain a strong insight into current public health issues and the impact of human behaviour on society and the planet
  • gain the ability to evaluate data used by public health policy and decision makers
  • gain an awareness of health promoting initiatives and how to develop arguments to solve public health problems
  • gain insight into contemporary research relating to current issues in public health across the globe
  • gain the opportunity to make a difference to individual and population health and wellbeing through your studies.

We’ll closely study societies, cultures and communities as well as topics focusing on epidemiology, safeguarding, patterns and trends, global public health, research methods and at-risk populations.

In your final year you will also work on a dissertation project in an area of your choice. This is the perfect way to focus your attention on an area of public health that you feel truly passionate about, with the support of your personal tutor.

You’ll take part in student-led events and health promotion projects and will have opportunities to network with public health employees, meaning this course is so much more than textbooks and lectures. The practical, highly relevant experience you’ll gain will put you in a strong position for building your public health career.

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How will I be taught and assessed?

We tailor our academic and pastoral support to your individual needs and aspirations, and your personal tutor will be on hand to support you on your learning journey.

You’ll understand the theory of public health in lectures, seminars and tutorials, giving you plenty of opportunity to absorb and then discuss your learning.

    The course team provides a 'learning event support package' with learning materials and resources before and after each weekly seminar or lecture. We've found that this approach helps our students prepare for individual teaching sessions and enables deeper learning and reflection through the pre/post event activities.

    There is a focus on real world learning throughout the public health degree course. We aim to use assessment formats that reflect work practices within public health, for example report writing and oral presentations. Inclusivity is key and assessments are designed for a range of backgrounds and academic ability.

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      You’ll be assessed through several methods including:

      • essays
      • projects
      • presentations
      • portfolio
      • reports and case studies
      • dissertation project

      Placements Plus

      BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

      We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

      Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

      Useful Information

      BA (Hons) Public Health Programme Specification

      What are the course entry requirements?

      A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 88 - 112

      You will also need a minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

      For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

      Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.


      This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

      Year 1 Modules

      Current Issues in Public Health and Health Promotion

      Introduction to Epidemiology

      Society, Culture and Communities 1

      Foundations for Public Health Practice

      Safeguarding -a Public Health Approach

      Year 2 Modules

      Personal and Professional Development for Employment

      Patterns and Trends in Public Health

      Inspiring Individuals to Improve Health

      Research methods

      Health Promotion in action

      Year 3 Modules

      At risk populations and mental health

      Global Public Health

      Settings based Health Promotion

      Educating for Improved health


      What are the tuition fees


      Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

      £9,250 per year


      Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

      £14,250 per year

      The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

      From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

      Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

      You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

      Questions about fees?

      Contact our Enquiries Team:

      0330 123 2023

      What are my career prospects?

      We see your journey with us as much more than a degree, we are committed to supporting you to carve out the route to your chosen career and life beyond university. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good business leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

      We always encourage you to participate in public health volunteering opportunities to further broaden your experience and understanding as well as build a personal network too.

      On successful completion of our BA (Hons) Public Health degree, you will be well equipped for a range of different careers in different sectors, such as:

      • The NHS
      • Public Health England
      • Local government e.g. housing officer
      • Social care support workers
      • Charity worker
      • Health promotion worker
      • International agencies
      • Drugs and alcohol services
      • Sexual health services
      • Public health practitioners
      • Environmental health officer
      • Health administration
      • Epidemiology
      • Nutrition
      • Health policy and planning

      Graduates can also choose to study a postgraduate course to take your study to the next level.

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