Public Health degree – BSc (Hons) – Bath Spa University

Public Health

BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

  • UCAS codes: Institution B20, Course PH11 or PH12

Key facts

Award
BSc (Hons) Public Health
School/s
School of Sciences
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: PH11 or PH12
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Public health is a key global issue affecting everybody. This Public Health degree gives you the professional skills and theoretical basis to contribute to local, regional and national efforts.

  • Gain a solid understanding of public health interventions and key underlying policies and principles.
  • Look at health as a global issue and understand how to manage situations across a broad spectrum of environments.
  • Gain a theoretical, empirical and applied education based on up-to-date science and contemporary topics in public health.

2022/23 course postponement

Please note, this course will not be running in 2022/23. For more information please contact our Admissions service on +44 (0)1225 876 180 or admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Public health impacts on all our lives and, as recent events have demonstrated, is a vital component in creating and maintaining good health. As recent world events have shown, it is more important now than ever before to take care of people on an individual and societal level. Underpinned by the desire to ensure access to good health is equitable, this course will look at public health as an aspect of social justice.

The BSc Public Health degree at Bath Spa University will equip graduates with the critical thinking skills and an interdisciplinary approach to public health interventions that will enable them to become Public Health professionals. It will prepare students to develop the necessary skills and competency to initiate, design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate relevant public health programmes.

At Bath Spa we pride ourselves in the ability to equip our students with the ability to apply their learning to real world events. Students on this course will be able to take the theory and policy learnt and apply it to a variety of public health situations upon graduation.


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What you'll learn

Overview

Public Health draws on knowledge and practice from a number of disciplines and this degree is no different. The course is built around three interconnected streams of knowledge:

  1. Theoretical concepts where students are exposed to the underlying key theories which inform health and health policy and practice;
  2. Practical concepts where students are provided with the skills and knowledge to apply, implement and evaluate of public health interventions;
  3. Populations and public health where learners are provided with the skills and knowledge to understand and react to the needs of populations at a local, national and global level.

Course structure

Year one
This year will provide an introduction to the history of and research methods in public health as well as looking at contemporary health policy and practice. There will also be a focus on the sociology of health, as well as an introduction to both epidemiology and human biology.

Year two
You’ll build on your knowledge and skills in the second year as you learn more about the ethics and philosophy surrounding public health. You’ll discover more advanced research methods and discuss key issues in environment and occupational health. Taking a global outlook will allow you to examine global healthcare systems and health economics while broadening your scientific basis by studying microbiology and learning about communicable diseases.

Year three
You’ll begin to specialise and go deeper into public health topics, as well as completing a dissertation. You’ll look at substance use and nutrition, ageing and life cycles. From a policy point of view, you’ll learn about environmental management, community engagement practices and contemporary global public health issues. Finally you’ll extend your knowledge of public health informatics and the monitoring and evaluation of health programmes.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a variety of approaches including:

  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Briefing papers
  • Examinations

How will I be taught?

The course will be delivered using a range of approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, guest speakers, field trips and possible short work placements. You’ll also be able to complete practical work in the laboratory with technicians and tutors, and work with data in the computer lab.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

There will be opportunities for students to engage in work placements and to volunteer in a community setting.

Study abroad

We hope to be able to offer some study abroad for Year 2 students when permitted.

Fieldwork

There will be a number of field trips to relevant public health organizations and in local authority public and environmental health departments.

Careers

After completing this degree, you could work in the following fields:

  • Environmental scientist
  • Biosecurity specialist
  • Public health manager
  • Epidemiologist
  • Child health specialist
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Health informatics specialist

2022/23 Academic Year

We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The BSc Public Health course is taught at our Newton Park campus.

Resources

All modules can be found on our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva, providing unlimited online access to learning materials such as handbooks, lecture slides, assessment information, discussion boards and other resources.

Our library gives you access to books, academic journals and DVDs and an extensive range of electronic services. It also provides a place for individual study and collaborative work.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,400
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

UK students part time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

International students full time

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,400
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

2024/25 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2024
Year 2 Published Jan 2025
Year 3 Published Jan 2026

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You'll have an interest in health and communities and an ability to see good health as more than a clinical intervention. You'll have a broad range of interests which include aspects of both social and natural science in order to be able to work in a learning environment where we'll challenge your perceptions of health and the determinants of health. You'll be striving for a career which will enable you to help and empower people, communities and countries to achieve their full potential in health and social development.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BBC-CCC preferred.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

This course will not be running in 2022/23. For more information please contact our Admissions service on +44 (0)1225 876 180 or admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Get ahead

  • Berridge, V. (2016) Public health: a very short introduction, Oxford University Press: London
  • Wilson, F. & Mabhala, M. (2009) Key concepts in public health, Sage: London

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