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.
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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.
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.
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.