Previously Health Studies BA (Hons), this course has been updated to reflect the latest developments in the sector.
An academically and work-focused approach to understanding contemporary health and social care, students investigate health as a human experience mediated by individual, social, economic, political and institutional factors. Alongside the exploration of a range of health related issues students are also able to develop essential employability skills.
Reasons to study Health and Wellbeing in Society at DMU:
- 97.6% of our Health and Life Sciences graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]
- Study a range of multidisciplinary modules
enabling you to broaden your knowledge
- Benefit from teaching underpinned by cutting-edge research
including research by DMU academic Kylie Baldwin into the motivations for women who freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons
- Supportive learning environment
with all students benefiting from the support of a personal tutor throughout their studies
- International study opportunities through our #DMUglobal initiative
with past students having witnessed poverty amidst plenty in Florida, USA
- Teaching designed to give you the skills sought by graduate employers
helping students to secure graduate jobs in the healthcare sector
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]
Structure and assessment
- Personal and Academic Development
- Psychological and Sociological Theory of Health and Illness
- Health and Welfare
- Health Improvement and Lifestyle
- Introduction to Social Research Methods
- Applied Social Research Methods
- Health and Disease in Communities
- Psychological Aspects of Health and Illness
- Social Aspects of Health and Illness
- Debates and Dilemmas in Health and Social Care
- Health and Wellbeing in Society Dissertation
- Health Promotion and Public Health
- Social Exclusion and Health
- Gender, Health and Social Care
- Ageing and Health
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Health and Social Care Management
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
DMU offers students the chance to get involved and volunteer with the multi award-winning DMU Square Mile scheme. #DMUglobal offers the opportunity for students to have an international experience.
These schemes have much to offer Health and Wellbeing in Society students; not only in helping students develop various skills that will enhance their employability but also fostering a greater understanding of contemporary health issues by applying theory to practice.
Due to the diversity of the course content, a broad range of career options are available. Our graduates can go on to NHS graduate schemes or fulfilling careers in the NHS (subject to visa conditions), private healthcare sectors and related fields, nationally and internationally.
Our graduates benefit from increased employability due to the breadth of disciplines they cover:
- Health promotion/education
- Public health
- Community development
- Management and administration
The course is also an excellent foundation for postgraduate study, academic or vocational. Graduates can progress to our Masters by Research MA/MSc.