Public health practitioners make a difference by improving the health of individuals and communities, in a wide variety of roles.
Taught by current Public Health experts from a range of practice, research, academic and leadership backgrounds.
Simulation-based learning opportunities and local field trips to see Public Health at work*
Why you should study this course
Public health is focused on preventing health problems to help create healthy and happy societies. It is the science and art of detecting and preventing disease, enhancing people’s quality of life, and promoting physical, mental, and environmental health amongst populations so people can live healthier, for longer.
Our Public Health BSc (Hons) offers the opportunity to develop knowledge around differing health needs, influences on health, and how to prevent ill health and promote health and wellbeing. Public health principles and guiding values are based around the responsibility to protect and improve health of all people, and this course has a particular emphasis in reducing inequalities in health.
The curriculum, which is mapped to the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework, aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills across the three pillars of public health – prevention, protection, promotion – to enable you the chance to apply appropriate strategies into practice. The concepts, theories and methods applied to real life situations are designed to prepare you, upon graduation, for a range of varied roles within the field of public health.
You will be taught using a mixture of lectures and small-group seminars, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops, student-led discussions and interactive simulation. These interactive, creative and hands-on learning sessions aim to support you to explore important health issues theoretically as well as practically. You will also have inter-professional learning opportunities allowing students from a diverse range of health-related courses the opportunity to share, learn and work together.
Through the teaching of the prevention pillar, and upon successful completion of this course, you will gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. You will explore how to tackle the challenges facing disease prevention efforts. Through the protection pillar, you will study communicable diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, and HIV; their surveillance, and the reaction to and control of communicable disease outbreaks. Through the promotion pillar, the theories and tools used to promote health and wellbeing are examined, drawing on behavioural psychology and sociology, as well as actual health promotion policies in operation.
Within the study of all three pillars of public health there is an emphasis on helping you have the opportunity to develop your understanding and application to practice, of the scientific approaches to disease prevention, contributing to improved healthcare quality and delivery, empowering individuals to make sound health decisions, and influencing policy in public health.
You may have opportunities to attend out-of-classroom field trips related to aspects of public health, and you will also have access to a range of international experience opportunities*.
This course has been designed following extensive consultation with healthcare organisations and professionals from various public health disciplines to ensure it reflects the latest thinking in public health and to help prepare you for your career options in the field upon graduation.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have developed an understanding of health disparities and health inequalities at local, national and international levels. You will also have the knowledge to be able to improve health outcomes through the effective planning, execution and evaluation of health interventions to change behaviour.
How you’ll learn
At all levels of your study, you will have the opportunity to:
- Explore topics through face-to-face delivery via lectures, seminars and tutorials
- Work in smaller groups for seminars and tutorials
- Engage in student-led discussions (group presentations, case-studies and scenario analyses) to facilitate shared learning and practice experiences
- Hear from professionals in practice drawn from a range of Public Health-related fields (subject to availability).
- Utilise a virtual learning environment to access updates on the course and modules, and other relevant materials for supporting learning such as videos and podcasts
- Participate in a simulation exercise which mimics real-world challenges and cross-profession working (subject to availability)
- Attend a public health related field visit (e.g. water treatment plant) or event (e.g. Public Health film festival).*
These strategies should help you to connect concepts covered in the course with real-life experience and are designed to enhance your career options following graduation.
You will typically have around 9 hours of teaching contact time each week which consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials in three modules. In addition, you will be expected to undertake further independent learning activities which consists of wider reading, group work, research and preparation for assignments for three modules.
Your learning will be assessed in ways that are designed to reflect real-world public health practice such as: writing a funding bid, reflecting on a real-world simulation event, critically analysing real health events, creating and presenting posters, CV and covering letter writing. There are also traditional essays and exams. In year 3, you will be asked to undertake your own research project. Public Health problems often require creative solutions, and we have designed our assessments to reflect that notion.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
We aim to create confident, knowledgeable Public Health graduates who are ready to make meaningful change in population health locally, nationally and internationally. With a wide range of career options concerning public health activity within a variety of organisations, upon successful completion, this course is designed to fulfil the need for a well-prepared, flexible workforce, and has a strong emphasis on practical, real life situations. You will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills help prepare you for a variety of career options in a wide range of public health related roles upon graduation. We aim to optimise employability skills development through our dedicated public health employability module
This course has been designed following extensive consultation with healthcare organisations and professionals from various public health disciplines to ensure it reflects the latest thinking in public health and to help prepare you for your career options in the field upon graduatio
International experience opportunities
This course is designed to encourage and support international learning opportunities such as participation in Collaborative Online Internationalised Learning (COIL), field trips to attend international conferences or opportunities to gain intercultural experiences outside teaching times. It also enables you the opportunity to gain voluntary work and related placements abroad supported through the university’s Talent Team.*
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