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Course summary

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 (BNU). 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. Why study at BNU? Studying at 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. 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. We offer a unique insight into what your career will really look and feel like. 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. What will I study? This course will help you gain a 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 health. Throughout the programme, you'll develop important knowledge. 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. You'll take part in student-led events and health promotion projects, gaining opportunities to network with public health employees. This course is so much more than textbooks and lectures. The practical, highly relevant experience you’ll gain will help put you in a strong position for building your public health career. 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. 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. Opportunity modules are a key part of the BNU curriculum. You’ll choose modules in both your first and second year from a broad selection in areas such as sustainability, entrepreneurship, creativity, digital skills, personal growth, civic engagement, health & wellbeing and employment. Opportunity modules are designed to enable you to develop outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline and help you to further stand out from the crowd to future employers. What are my career prospects? On successful completion of this 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.


Year one Core Policy and Politics in Public Health Introduction to Epidemiology Society, Culture and Community Foundations for Public Health Practice Safeguarding: A Public Health Perspective Opportunity modules 2x 10 credit year one Opportunity modules Year two Core Health Promotion in Action Collaborating for Success in Public Health Patterns, Trends and Innovations Research Methods Optional Inspiring Individuals to Improve Health OR Placements Opportunity 2x 10 credit year two Opportunity modules Year three Core At Risk Populations and Mental Health Educating for Improved Health Extended Independent Work Global Public Health Optional Settings-Based Health Promotion OR Medical Ethics and Law

Assessment method

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. The course team provides a 'learning event support package' with learning materials and resources before and after each weekly seminar or lecture. 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. You’ll be assessed through several methods including: • essays • projects • presentations • portfolio • reports and case studies • dissertation project.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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.

Sponsorship information

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