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BSc (Hons) Public Health

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Three years full-time.

Seven years part-time.


Typical Offer: 

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff point (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff point (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

This course is available for 2018 entry only.


When you take a Public Health degree course at the University of Suffolk, you are opening the door to a world of possibilities. The government has never been more concerned with the health of the nation, so what better time to embark on a degree in Public Health than now? At Suffolk we take people and what they need seriously, something you will learn all about. Public health is all about people and what they need to keep healthy and well. As an institution committed to creating a vibrant student community this degree couldn t be more appropriate for us, as Public Health is not about the individual - it s a branch of medicine that focuses on groups and communities and what makes us who we are, what makes people the way they are, rather than individuals.

Public health is all about people and what they need to keep healthy and well. It relies on the fact that all of us share certain traits in common with others, such as our age group, occupation, ethnicity or where we live. By focusing on these similarities, public health professionals work hard to 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 best use of limited resources, and understand how diseases arise and spread. Not only infectious diseases like flu, but lifestyle diseases like diabetes too. As a Public Health graduate you will be well placed to move into a range of different careers. 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 the possibilities are many. Alternatively, you may choose to continue your studies with a Masters degree programme in Public Health (MPH) allowing progressing students to build on their knowledge, skills and employability even further. Following the successes witnessed during the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Government are investing in promoting healthy lifestyles among the population. A degree in Public Health from us will enable you to make a contribution to this initiative. It's such an exciting time to be studying Public Health at the University of Suffolk. We would love you to join us.

In the United Kingdom, the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is the standard setting body for specialists in public health. While the FPH don t validate any undergraduate programmes, relying on their own postgraduate training programme, the public health programmes here at the University of Suffolk adhere closely to the competency areas that the FPH use as the basis for their own curriculum. This means that anyone graduating from here with a BSc (Hons) degree Public Health should be in an excellent position to begin to work towards full Membership (or even, through the completion of speciality training, Fellowship) of the Faculty. Take a look at their website here  However, there are a growing number of other possibilities for public health graduates too, ranging from helping people to stop smoking or eat better, to tracking down and isolating outbreaks of disease the possibilities are many.

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Course modules

Subjects that you can expect to cover include: Modules will cover: Year One
Year Two
Year Three

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.

Introduction to Health, Wellbeing and Disease
Human Physiology and Biomeasurement
Principles of Health Promotion
Personal and Professional Development
Research Methods
Biology of Disease
Health Policy
Social Marketing
Health Economics
Contemporary Issues in Public Health
Global Health
Public Health in Practice
Public Health Leadership

Fees and finance


  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.


The University of Suffolk will be increasing tuition fees for 2018-19 to the cap set by Government for universities participating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). We expect fees stated below to be confirmed in autumn 2017. The tuition fee that new students pay in 2018-19 will be fixed for the duration of the course and will not be subject to any further increases.

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,545 p.a.
  • International Tuition fee: £16,000 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

Academic Requirements

2017 entry: 110 UCAS tariff point (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).
2018 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.


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