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.
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.
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.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: