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​Public health and individual wellbeing are two contemporary mainstream areas of employment that pose a challenge to western societies but also globally.

The prevalence and incidence of many of the major illnesses and diseases that are the largest causes of morbidity and mortality are the result of poor lifestyle in western cultures, which are related to poor food choices and diet, sedentary behaviour and a lack of habitual physical activity, smoking, stress and social and mental health.

There are also strong interrelationships between public health and individual wellbeing and the level of poverty, deprivation, unemployment, stress and mental health.


Course Benefits

  • The programme will give you student membership of the Royal Society for Public Health, and an accredited qualification in Understanding Health Improvement from the RSPH.
  • You will develop skills to be able to make a significant contribution to population and individual health and wellbeing.
  • You will gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of public and individual health monitoring, improvement and management, within a policy and strategic framework.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

This degree has been developed in partnership with the Royal Society for Public Health and with wider public health workforce development, to respond to the growing need for a workforce with experience, knowledge and skills in public and individual health improvement. The degree has also been aligned with a range of national and international public health practitioner frameworks.

You will learn about the determinants, patterns and effects of global, national, regional and community health alongside the personal responses, behaviours and choices that partly define us as individuals.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Year 1

Your first year provides a foundation for understanding the principles which inform public health theory and practice. You will learn about the history of public health and methods used to measure and monitor population health. You will study sociological and psychological factors which influence individuals’ health decision making. You will examine the ethical framework within which health improvement takes place, at individual and population level. You will be introduced to research methods that are appropriate for higher education study, and will develop your ability to critique and evaluate information and resources, to shape your understanding and engagement with the evidence base around individual and population health issues. Finally, you will put your learning into practice with your applied placement.

Year 2

In your second year, you will build on the foundations laid in the first year by analysing and interpreting information, and bringing in critique. You will extend your understanding of health patterns and trends, with advanced epidemiology, and will further extend your research skills in preparation for your final year dissertation project. Practically, you will learn to design and evaluate health interventions and will explore the policy framework that underpins population and individual health practice. Again, you will put your learning into practice with your second compulsory placement, but this year you have the opportunity to take an overseas placement, bringing an international perspective to your studies.

Year 3

Your final year offers the opportunity to specialise in your areas of interest through both optional modules and through your choice of dissertation project. You can opt to follow a psychology strand with ‘Aspects of Health Psychology’; a diversity strand with ‘Health Improvement for Special Populations’; a weight management strand with ‘Healthy Weight Practical Strategies’, or consolidate your professional practice with the ‘Professional Learning Through Work’ option. On top of this, you will develop skills in influencing individuals behaviour change within the Health Trainer module and develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in leadership for health and wellbeing, in the ‘Leadership in Public Health and Individual Wellbeing’ module. Your final year enables you to bring together all of your learning from across the three years of the degree and really make your own mark in relation to your future employment prospects.​

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 15.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 222 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 938 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 2 - 16% of scheduled learning and teaching; 200 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 913 hours of independent teaching; 138 hours on placement

Year 3 – 13.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 160 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,040 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 81.7% coursework; 10.8% written exams; 7.5% practical exams

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 89.6% coursework; 10.4% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language, Maths and Science (or accepted equivalent qualifications).​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • There is the opportunity ​to study abroad​ which will incur additional costs. This would be discussed on an individual basis.

Professional Work Placements

Placements take place after Easter in year 1 and year 2 and last for 6 weeks as a block. There is an alternative volunteering placement that second year you can take, which spreads the placement out over the duration of the second year. Examples of placements include working alongside public health specialists to address population health issues, such as smoking cessation, weight management, mental health, men's health.

Other examples include working alongside exercise referral specialists within the community. The overseas placement opportunities include working with charitable organisations to promote HIV awareness in developing countries, such as Rwanda, Cameroon, Uganda and Kenya.

More about placements

​Graduate destinations include health improvement specialists, health promoters, local council posts, private healthcare providers, work in the health and fitness industry, lifestyle industry, food industry, corporate health and wellbeing programmes.

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport​ Management and PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centreand find peace and quiet in the Chapel.

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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