The BSc Public Health degree is for those with an interest in wellbeing and social development who want a career promoting people’s health and wellbeing. The world’s many public health challenges from the global epidemic of chronic diseases and pandemic of obesity to the effect of poverty and climate change are among the many challenges that health promoters will have to address.
The Public Health course will provide the underpinning theoretical knowledge of health promotion, health protection, health improvement and epidemiology along with work-based learning and research project based modules. You will be given opportunities to develop your critical analytical and communication skills as well as transferable employability skills through case studies and practical work. What’s more, in the third year you will have the option to carry out an overseas project.
The Public Health degree will allow students to demonstrate competencies across the UK Public Health Register’s Practitioner Standards and start developing a portfolio based on the skills and knowledge framework. The inclusion of public health and epidemiological knowledge and skills is needed for understanding, planning, monitoring and evaluation of health programmes; however, practice-based teaching with emphasis on the links between multiple determinants affecting health is identified as essential in providing a skill-based learning approach.
In the first year you will be introduced to the basic concepts of health and wellbeing, public health, health promotion, epidemiology, communication, ethics and policy. You will also be provided the opportunity to develop the necessary academic and research building blocks as well as developing a range of work-related skills in the work based module.
You will join cohorts from health and social care management and community health and wellbeing which will give you a unique opportunity to network with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
In the second year you will be able to further your knowledge in public health protection, epidemiology, health promotion, public health policy, health communication and evidenced based health care as well as developing your skills in relation to project development, management and professional practice in the project management module.
In the last year of your degree you will be provided the opportunity to develop an understanding of health determinants and the effect of inequalities in health globally in addition to critically review public health approaches. The inclusion of Public Health Project Management in addition to the Professional Development in Public Health modules will provide professional experience as well as allowing you to demonstrate competences across the UK Public Health Register’s (UKPHR) skills and knowledge framework and to start developing the portfolio.
You also will be able, if you wish, to choose to visit low and middle-income countries, such as Uganda, where you will be actively engaged in different public health activities. Please note that there will be additional costs for this visit.
There will be a combination of lectures, online learning and practical placements.
Typically you will have two days per week on campus, which will involve lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, practical assessments, workshops, presentations and group work. You will have access to a wide range of IT support to aid the two days self-directed learning each week which complements the time spent in lectures. Furthermore, you will use the Hydra Minerva Suite, a simuated learning environment that enables the monitoring of real-time leadership and decision making in critical real-life events.
You will carry out significant research projects that will make a direct contribution to the organisation with whom you will be based and to your portfolio of evidence. Partnerships between the university and local health boards, Communities First groups, NGOs, Flying Start/Sure Start programmes and local voluntary organisations will facilitate education-based projects and research.
Assessment is varied allowing you to demonstrate progress and achievement within each subject
You will have the option to visit low and middle-income countries, such as Uganda, where you can be actively engaged in public health activities. Please note, additional costs apply.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BCC - CDD to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Graduates with a Public Health degree typically find work in the public sector, working for local government, the NHS, the Armed Forces and government agencies like Public Health Wales. Opporrtunities also exist in the non-profit sector. Jobs in this setting often focus on a particular population, such as young children or ethnic minorities groups or specific conditions and health campaigns. What's more, there is also scope to move into teaching, academia, and the private sector. Typical job roles include health promotion practitioner; public health practitioner; healthy lifestyle co-ordinator and community engagement officer. Further information on careers in public health is available on the NHS website.
As a Public Health Practitioner you will be able to apply for registration through the development and submission of a portfolio of evidence against the agreed national standards of practice. You will need to work at Level 5 or above on the Skills for Health Career Framework with underpinning knowledge about public health at degree level. The UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) provides registration for practitioners who have demonstrated their competences in public health practice. The emphasis of the Public Health course at the University of South Wales will be on helping you develop competencies mapped against the public health practitioner standards. You will be able to demonstrate public health knowledge as well as applying your knowledge and developing your skills in the public health project management modules in the second and third years as well as the professional development in public health module in the third year. This will enable you to start developing your portfolio and collecting the evidence and reflecting on your role. Please note that undertaking the course will not include the development of a complete portfolio. You will need to be accepted onto a practitioner assessment or registration scheme where you live and work. In Wales you will need to contact Public Health Practitioner Assessment Scheme for Wales or visit the UKPHR website where available practitioners schemes will be listed.