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Do you feel passionate about the health and wellbeing of communities? Public health is brimming with opportunities in the NHS, charities, local government and global non-profit organisations. Study our full-time Public Health degree in Chelmsford and build the skills you need to promote and protect people’s health. Get hands-on experience during community placements, and prepare for a career in healthcare.
Public health covers three key areas:
- Health Improvement: Involves work to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by promoting health lifestyle changes e.g. helping people to quit smoking, improving their living conditions, or promoting healthy eating, but also tackling underlying issues like poverty and reduced access to healthcare.
- Health Protection: Involves ensuring the safety and quality of the environment, food and water, preventing the spread of communicable disease, and managing outbreaks e.g. pandemic flu, or addressing the health effects of climate change in the UK or abroad.
- Healthcare: Helping to ensure that health and care services are fit-for-purpose and accessible by all sectors of the population.
Health inequality means that we don’t all start with the same chance in life. The need to recognise public health needs has never been so important.
The diverse nature of public health means that no day is the same. From interviewing students about drug and alcohol addiction or creating a campaign about exercise and nutrition in a poor area of the UK to writing a report to inform a government about a rare disease in a developing country.
You’ll gain the practical skills needed in real situations, from taking part in simulated scenarios and community based research to creating reports, presentations and demonstrations to present to panels and judges. We’ll support you to develop confidence and effectiveness needed when working in collaborative groups. Back in the classroom you’ll gain research and analytical skills to be able to interpret data and understand how to create solutions and reports from these. From developing technologies and health trends to your social media presence and campaigning, we monitor and change with the landscape, so your degree is always relevant.
When you graduate you’ll be equipped to use evidence to help plan and implement health solutions for individuals and communities and to develop effective health policies. You’ll also be aware of important issues like health inequalities and social justice, be familiar with useful health needs assessment and data analysis tools, and have developed effective communication skills.
We’ve worked with public health stakeholders, including Public Health England, the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) and Health Education England to create our course, and our teaching staff are part of international networks which inform everything we do.
You’ll constantly consider your career; engaging with public health occupational frameworks and demonstrating a range of UKPHR standards. This will be supported by the work placement you undertake and the portfolio that you’ll create from day one and take right through to interviews and registration.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Public health has never been more important or relevant as it is in today’s ageing and complex society, making it a wide-ranging and interesting career choice.
You might like to work as a public health practitioner, youth worker, drug and alcohol worker, public health information officer or analyst, health improvement practitioner, health protection practitioner, sexual health advisor, smoking cessation co-ordinator, community development or outreach worker, health communications officer or even go into health-related research.
The skills and knowledge you gain in our course will not only allow you to work in local government and the National Health Service, but also in education, private and consultancy roles and non-profit organisations in the UK or for international agencies like the World Health Organization or UNICEF.
Our course was designed in consultation with a variety of public health stakeholders, including Public Health England. You will be guided in the process of effectively mapping your public health knowledge and understanding to the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) competencies and UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (UKPHSKF). As you become a more accomplished reflective practitioner you’ll develop a portfolio of reflective case studies to show how you have applied what you have learned in real-life settings. As a graduate you can then build on this portfolio and use for future registration as a public health practitioner.
After additional study and completion of a relevant specialist training scheme you could one day become a public health specialist for the Government, NHS or armed forces.
You could also undertake one of our taught Masters courses, such as MSc Public Health, or a postgraduate research programme.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Introduction to Public Health (PH)
Professional Skills for PH: The Foundation
Promoting Health and Wellbeing
Introduction to Population Health
Year two, core modules
Global Health and Sustainability
Professional Skills for PH 2: Research and Evidence
Health Systems 1: Epidemiology and Health Economics
Year three, core modules
Projects to Enhance Health
Health Systems 2: Driving Change in Population Health
Professional Skills for PH 3: The Responsive Practitioner
To ensure you’re gaining relevant real life skills we’ll assess you through modern techniques, such as simulated scenarios and role plays, case studies based on field trips, multi-media projects and even a Dragon’s Den style panel. You’ll also be assessed by more traditional methods, including reports, essays, group work and portfolio work.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.