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BSc (Hons) Public Health

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Three years full-time.

Seven years part-time.


Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff point (or above),
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Please note this course will start September 2019.


Our BA (Hons) Public Health course opens the door to a world of possibilities. As the health of the nation becomes an increasingly important issue for the government, there has never been a better time to embark on a degree in Public Health.

Public Health is not about the individual: it is about people, and what they need to keep healthy and well. We all share common traits, whether it’s our age, occupation, ethnicity, or where we live. By focusing on these, public health professionals can improve the health and wellbeing of many people at the same time.

As well as analysing community traits, this degree will teach you all about health promotion, health economics and epidemiology. You will learn how to educate people about change, how to make effective use of limited resources, and how diseases arise and spread, including ‘lifestyle diseases’ such as diabetes.

Our multi-disciplinary approach will develop your understanding of public health practice in a range of settings. You will acquire skills and expertise to identify the health priorities of a community, and have the ability to design, implement and evaluate appropriate interventions to tackle health inequalities.

As a Public Health graduate, you will be well placed to move into a range of different careers that influence public health at both a national and international level.

There are a growing number of possibilities for public health graduates, ranging from helping people to stop smoking or eat better, to tracking down and isolating outbreaks of disease. 

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Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Development and Scope of Public health
Disease Biology and Public Health
Personal and Professional Development
Public Health Information
Contemporary Issues in Public Health
Health Economics
Health Promotion
Research Methods
Research Statistics
Social Marketing
Health Needs Assessment
Health Protection
Global Health
Public Health Leadership
Work Based Learning - Public Health in Practice (Placement module)

Career opportunities

This course has a strong focus on graduate employment so you can make a direct impact on the public’s health at a national and international level.

The curriculum is informed by the key competency areas of the UK Faculty of Public Health, the 2016 UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework, and public health stakeholders of international repute. On graduation, you will be fully equipped to contribute as a professional within the field of public health as a competent, independent, highly employable public health practitioner capable of promoting, improving and protecting the health of the public.

Public health is a course with multiple career paths. Your specialist knowledge and graduate skills will be attractive to a wide range of employers in public health and related fields.

For example: public health intelligence departments; health protection departments; health improvement teams; stop smoking counsellors; drug and alcohol practitioners; sexual health counsellors; homeless and sheltered housing organisations; local authority public health; environmental health departments; research departments; health and social care-focused charities; social enterprises; non-governmental agencies; and not-for-profit organisations.

The following are some of the roles you will be eligible for on graduation: epidemiologist; health survey researcher; environmental health officer; surveillance officer; immunisation and vaccines officer; health economist; infectious disease analysts; health promotion officer; smoking cessation coordinator; health improvement officer; sexual health strategist; wellbeing officer; health needs assessor; health planning officer; health protection officer; food safety hygiene officer; and housing officer, amongst others.

What our students say

I chose to study Public health at University Suffolk because I enjoy working with people, making sure there health needs are met. The field of Public Health is to improve the conditions and behaviours that affect health so that all people can attain it.

University Suffolk offered me the best opportunity to do so, I enjoyed the whole course and learn't a lot. Although the Science was a lot more intense than I thought it would be going into the course but overall a good course with lots of knowledge.

After graduation I would like to get a full time job within Public health whether in England or aboard and hopefully do some traveling. Sheila Mulenga

Student profiles

I studied a BTEC in Health and Social Care at college before coming to the University. There were some modules I really liked such as health promotion, values and planning, and equality and diversity, however I never really found a degree that matched these specific interests. I hav...

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.  See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Please note this course is for September 2019 only

Academic Requirements

2019 entry: 112 UCAS tariff point (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


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