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Whether you’re thinking about a career in the NHS, local government, a non-profit, or charity, our BA (Hons) Public Health degree can help get you there. There has never been a better time to raise awareness of the issues that affect health and wellbeing across the lifespan and to protect future generations.
During your time on the course you’ll benefit from one on one support from your tutor and industry-experienced lecturers, as well as access to a range of state-of-the-art-facilities, including role play simulations.
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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Why study this subject?
Are you interested in working with local communities to improve the health and wellbeing of groups, families and individuals within our society? Are you keen to make a difference and work in a role that aims to promote inclusion and reduce health inequalities?
Our global community is at risk from environmental hazards like air pollution, the use of plastics and, of course, pandemics like Covid-19. Never have these issues been more prevalent or threatening which is why not only is now such an interesting time to study public health but also a deeply important one.
On our BA (Hons) Public Health degree, you’ll explore how best to protect and promote the health of individuals 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?
The Covid-19 pandemic has increased media and political attention on public health, elevating the significance and importance of this subject area.
There is now an increased focus on supporting individuals and communities in their health and wellbeing and we're already seeing a huge expansion of employment opportunities in the public health sector.
Our course is taught by experienced academics who are passionate about public health, having all worked in community public health roles themselves.
The course team is 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 of 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 been a part of the teams who have influenced, formed and fought for public health agendas so they can offer a unique insight into what your career will really look and feel like.
They regularly liaise with local public health teams to deepen their knowledge of current public health promoting initiatives and to understand in real-time what the developmental needs are for securing employment within the sector.
What’s more, we always tailor your learning to support your individual needs and aspirations and, thanks to our strong links with local public health organisations, you’ll get a chance to meet and build relationships with the professionals working on the front lines of public health.
We often welcome guest speakers and arrange access to national webinars and events for our students. We always encourage our students to participate in public health volunteering opportunities to further broaden your experience and understanding as well as build a personal network too.
What facilities can I use?
Here at BNU, we like to bring learning to life as much as possible which is why we have award-winning simulation facilities 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.
Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study too.
What will I study?
On our BA (Hons) Public Health degree programme, you’ll follow the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework, which has been designed to give you precisely what 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 population health.
Throughout the three-year programme, you'll develop important knowledge and skills enabling effectiveness in a health-promoting role. We cover fascinating topics like public health and promotion theory, ethical decision making, health education and motivational interviewing skills.
Over the course of three years, you'll:
- gain a strong insight into current public health issues and the impact of human behaviour on society and the planet as a whole.
- develop the ability to evaluate data used by public health policy and decision makers
- build 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
- go away with the opportunity to make a difference to individual and population health and wellbeing.
You’ll closely study societies, cultures and communities as well as modules 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.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
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 learn the theory of public health in lectures, seminars and tutorials, giving you plenty of opportunity to absorb and then discuss your learning. You’ll also have opportunities throughout the course to engage with public health professionals to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the subject.
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 programme so we aim to use assessment formats that reflect work practices within public health, for example report writing and oral presentations.
You’ll be assessed through a number of methods including essays, projects, presentations, portfolio, reports and case studies and of course, your final dissertation project.
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 (although that’s important too of course!). The practical, highly relevant experience you’ll gain will put you in a strong position for building your public health career.
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.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
English for Academic and Professional Communication
Global Business and Management
Inquiry Based Learning
Global Health and Wellbeing
Year 2 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 3 Modules
Personal and Professional Development for Employment
Patterns and Trends in Public Health
Inspiring Individuals to Improve Health
Health Promotion in action
Year 4 Modules
At risk populations and mental health
Global Public Health
Settings based Health Promotion
Educating for Improved health
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What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.
We encourage our students to apply for work placements during the University holidays, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
Our BA (Hons) Public Health degree will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities 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
- Health policy and planning.
Graduates can also choose to study our MA Public Health.