Public Health, BSc Hons

Public Health, BSc Hons

The BSc Hons Public Health degree is for anyone excited by the explosion of community public health initiatives all over the UK. 

You will explore strategies that are aimed at improving people's health through incorporating social change, reducing inequalities, changing public policies, new products and services, better housing, improved quality health care and local regeneration schemes. 

The programme is multidisciplinary, reflecting central government policies in public health. Anyone who has a strong sense of fairness will be interested in each of these core subjects offered as part of this degree. 

The highlight for many students is the work experience opportunity that is offered in the third year, where students spend time in working with potential future employers. 

Our commitment to students doesn't end with graduation, this degree has a strong focus on graduate employability and we are continually developing on existing links with health and social care providers to help direct graduates into work. We also work closely with professional bodies that represent the public health workforce nationally and this relationship has assisted with the development of this degree. This degree will help students to gain much of the knowledge and some of the experience required to submit their portfolio to the UK Public Health Register to become a registered public health practitioner.

The Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling is a trusted provider of excellent academic degrees and vocational training. Our teaching staff are research active and are experts in their respective field.  The department is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey. We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques. All our programmes offer a wide choice of courses and we welcome and offer support to students from a range of backgrounds.

UCAS code

B902 A BSc/PH


Psychology, Social Work & Counselling


Avery Hill Campus


3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • 280 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two subjects at A-level OR a BTEC National Diploma PLUS a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English language and mathematics), or their equivalent
  • OR an approved Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits, 45 of which must be at level 3. A minimum of 30 of the level 3 credits must be at Merit or Distinction level PLUS GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications
  • This programme conducts interviews with potential candidates.


You will be assessed through essays, examinations, written reports, peer-led assessment and a project report.

Career options

Opportunities for graduates with this degree are bountiful with previous students now working in a variety of roles employed by local government, the national health service, the wide sweep of organisations in the voluntary sector, regional, national and international bodies working on improving health, and industries involved in food, transport, the environment, pollution and education.

Course content

Year 1

  • Academic and personal development (15 credits)
  • Environmental Health and Health Protection (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Concepts and Theories of Health (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Public Health (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Behaviour Change in Public Health (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Statistics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Health and Social Policy (15 credits)
  • Cultural Competence in Health and Social Care (15 credits)

Year 2

  • Analysis of Health Needs (15 credits)
  • Applied Ethics for Health and Public Health (15 credits)
  • Introduction to the Research Process (15 credits)
  • Health Economics and Policy (15 credits)
  • Poverty, Inequality and Social Exclusion (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Life, Health and Wellbeing: Bio-Psycho-Social Perspectives (30 credits)

Year 3

  • Understanding Management in Health and Social Care (15 credits)
  • Community Action and Engagement (15 credits)
  • Health Promotion (15 credits)
  • Employment Based Learning (15 credits)
  • Environment, Housing and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Evidence, Theory and Practice in Public Health and Wellbeing (30 credits)
  • Two 15 credit options from : Global Context of Public Health; Managing Social Enterprise

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Public Health / Health and Well-Being

Our public health and health and well-being programmes are multidisciplinary and examine the subjects from not just physical, but psychological and social perspectives too.

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"The decision to take up a University of Greenwich programme as a working lone parent was a great challenge and a major life event. It was a bold step, but I knew it would be beneficial to my future job prospects. The experience, and the diverse nature of the public health programme, meant this was a considerable opportunity.

The most interesting aspect of the programme was the work-based learning, which could attract potential employers. The work experience I embarked on gave me an insight into the broader spectrum of the prison health system and its health needs. As a student representative during the final year, I also had the pleasure of representing my colleagues. As well as undertaking an advocacy role, I kept my class informed of public health conferences and events that might offer opportunities in the wider public health sector.

Studying the degree has been an exceptionally rewarding experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone desiring to undergo an inspiring, exciting and worthwhile experience and gain knowledge and understanding of preventing, promoting and improving the health of the population."

Sonia Kirkland
Public Health

"It is important to remember that a degree, although a great achievement, does not guarantee you will get a job. Utilising key skills on how to complete a job application, writing a good CV and preparing for an interview is what will help prospective employers decide to hire you in the end.

I believe the Employment-Based Learning course prepared me for my interview by highlighting the key areas that employers will be assessing me on. Use this course productively as it will help to build your confidence and make your job application shine above the rest."

Alero Provo
Public Health Graduate 2013

"Induction week was fun but sometimes confusing, trying to find your way around the campus. Meeting new faces and making new friends was brilliant. I found lectures interesting because I always made sure to read about the topic before and after lectures, and enjoyed it more because it was interactive. Time management was a skill I already possessed. I gave myself enough time to research, plan and write my assignments, fitting in family chores as well. My first year was not all smooth sailing; there were ups and downs with mixed emotions too. But all these mixed feelings vanished the moment I put my pen to paper. Perseverance and determination keeps me going, there is no turning back for me, and I am going to make it. Remember, with determination, willpower and positive attitude you can achieve your goals."

Judith Ameyaw
Public Health Student

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