Public Health BSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

L431

Study options:

3 years full-time

 

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Public health explores detecting and preventing disease, increasing longevity and quality of life and promoting physical and mental health amongst populations.

Upon successful completion of this course you will have developed an understanding of health disparitites and health inequalitites at local, national and international levels have the knowledge to improve health outcomes through the effective planning, execution and evaluation of health interventions to change behaviour.

This course has been designed following extensive consultation with health care organisations and professionals from various public health disciplines to ensure it reflects the latest thinking in public health and to prepare you for employment in the field.

Public Health is based on three pillars: prevention, protection and promotion. The course aims to equip you with essential skills and knowledge in each of the three pillars. Through the prevention pillar, upon successful completion of this course you will learn about the causes and consequences of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, and how to tackle the challenges facing disease prevention efforts. Through the protection pillar, you will study communicable diseases such as influenza, tuberculosis, and HIV, their surveillance, and the reaction to and control of communicable disease outbreaks. Through the promotion pillar, the theories, techniques and tools used to promote health and wellbeing are examined, drawing on behavioural psychology, sociology, as well as actual health promotion policies in operation, for example from Public Health England and the World Health Organization.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

This course is not currently approved or accreditated by any professional body. Its design is nevertheless currently aligned with QAA benchmark standards on Knowledge, Understanding and Skills, and Learning, Teaching and Assessment requirements for Health Studies graduates to meet Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework Benchmark standards of Public Health England (PHE 2016).

The course therefore aims to give students transferable skills to facilitate their future registration with relevant professional bodies like the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR 2016) upon gaining work experience and successful completion.

Course information

Within the study of all the three pillars of public health there is an emphasis on developing your understanding of the scientific approaches to disease prevention, contributing to improved healthcare quality and delivery and empowering individuals to make sound health decisions and influencing policy.

There is a strong emphasis on active learning and global engagement in this course. There will be opportunities to attend out-of-classroom field trips* related to aspects of public health, and you will also have access to a range of international experience opportunities (additional fees may apply)

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures and small-group seminars, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops, and a real-world simulation event. This combination is designed to support you to explore important health issues independently and in more depth

*Field trips may be subject to availability and additional fees.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In year 1 you are introduced to the basic concepts, principles and methods on which public health practice is grounded. Your personal and professional skills should be developed to enable you to recognise, describe and appreciate the principles, concepts and approaches to Public Health practice (prevention, promotion and protection) to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Foundations of Public Health
    • Personal and Professional Development Skills
    • Introduction to Research Methods
    • Health Systems
    • 21st Century Communication
    • Foundations for Health Interventions and Evaluation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In year 2 there is a focus on learning delivery, which should help you to build on your skills to apply, appraise and evaluate public health concepts, principles and methods for improving population health. You should be able to evaluate population health needs, understand and appraise relationships between health policy and wider systems, as well as using creative approaches in developing and planning public health activities.

Modules

  • Year 2

    • Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Understanding and using health research
    • Health Promotion
    • Health Protection
    • Public Health Policy and Management
    • Employability in Public Health

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The final year of the BSc Public Health course concentrates on activities that are concerned with preparing you to become a critical thinker. It aims to enable you to critique, interpret and manipulate public health activities, approaches and evidence in a variety of contexts at local, national and international levels. Our teaching and learning approaches should prepare you for senior positions in Public Health practice by helping you to apply leadership and management principles to activities for improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities.

Modules

  • Final Year

    • Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals
    • Contemporary Issues in Public Health
    • Globalisation and Sustainable Health Financing
    • Implementing Health Service Interventions and Evaluations
    • Health Informatics
    • Dissertation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

In more detail...

  • Students who choose this course should benefit by exploring disease determinants and risks, considering how to deliver and improve health care quality, and influence policy through understanding complex interactions between health, society and the environment.
  • You should understand health as a global concern that transcends local and national boundaries and learn to assess, design and implement interventions.
  • You should be prepared to fit into senior positions and make an immediate impact within the sector, due to competence in planning and implementing evidence-based health programmes that are more responsive to population health needs at the local, national and international levels.

Modules studied in this course are designed around topics in six important themes:

  • Ways to enhance graduate employability
  • Adopting research inspired teaching approaches
  • Creativity and enterprise
  • Prioritising intercultural and international engagement
  • Community responsibility and contribution
  • Innovation to produce health graduates with digital fluency consistent with improvements in technology.

At all levels of your study, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore topics through face-to-face delivery via lectures, seminars and tutorials.
  • Work in smaller groups for seminars and tutorials.
  • Engage in student-led discussions (group presentations, case-studies and scenario analyses) to facilitate shared learning and practice experiences.
  • Engage in student-led discussions (group presentations, case-studies and scenario analyses) to facilitate shared learning and practice experiences.
  • Hear from professionals in practice drawn from a range of Public Health-related fields.
  • Utilise a virtual learning environment (Moodle) to access updates on the course and modules, and other relevant materials for supporting their learning such as videos, and podcasts.
  • Participate in a simulation exercise which mimics real-world challenges and cross-profession working.
  • Attend a public health related field visit* (e.g. previously this has included a water treatment plant) or event (e.g. past students have attended a Public Health film festival)

The above strategies aim to help you to connect concepts covered in the course with real-life experience.

Your learning will be assessed in ways that aim to reflect real-world public health practice such as: writing a funding bid, reflecting on a real-world simulation event, critically analysing real health events, creating and presenting posters, CV and covering letter writing, and culminating in undertaking your own research project. Public Health problems often require creative solutions, and we have designed our assessments to reflect that.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying principles of public health - prevention, promotion, protection.
  • Measure and interpret qualitative and quantitative data originating from a range of disciplines to make evidence informed decisions.
  • Evaluate population health needs in order to initiate health interventions for preventing disease and improving health at national and international levels.
  • Critically review relationships between health policy, strategies, health systems and service users’ experiences that influence health outcomes and inequalities.
  • Assess and recognise the impact of wider social determinants of health, health inequalities and health inequity at an individual, community, national and global level.
  • Effectively communicate public health messages, evidence and actions to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of approaches and media.
  • Understand effective strategies for working with community groups and organisations in designing, managing and delivering services.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership and ethical approaches to innovating and improving quality within organisations and across public health teams.
  • Appraise health systems differences in adopting foundational public health concepts, principles and methods of enquiry.

You will typically have 9 hours of teaching contact time each week which consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials in three modules. In addition you will be expected to undertake a further minimum 51 hours of independent learning activities per week which consists of wider reading, group work, research and preparation for assignments for three modules.

This course encourages and supports international learning opportunities such as participation in Online Internationalised Learning (OIL), field trips to attend international conferences* or gain intercultural experiences outside teaching times**. It also allows students the opportunity to gain voluntary work and related placements abroad supported***through the Employability Unit (EPU) and Centre for Global Engagement (CGE).

*field trips may be subject to availability and additional fees may apply,

**Intercultural experiences may be subject to availability and additional fees may apply,

***Voluntary work/placements abroad may be subject to competitive application, availability, visa requirements and additional fees may apply.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: ECU156
A Level BTEC IB Diploma
BBC (excludes General Studies) DMM 29 points with 14 at Higher

Applicants with Access to H.E. Diploma qualification require a minimum of 60 Credits of which 45 Credits should be at Level 3 and 15 Credits at Level 2 and have achieved 112 UCAS points from the level 3 modules. Applicants should also possess a minimum of GCSE Level 4/Grade C or equivalent in English and Mathematics.

In some cases credit may be given for previous certificated learning (APL) or experiential learning (AP(E)L). This is assessed prior to admission and applicants are advised by the appropriate admissions staff on the nature of the evidence that is required to support their claim for APL or AP(E)L.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Depending on the country of origin, minimum entry requirements for Level 4 (International students) will be the equivalent of UK 112 UCAS points or grades B, B, C (3 A-level subjects).

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English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional Offer

Applicants who already have the minimum entry requirements for Level 4 based on their previous results will be eligible for “Unconditional Offers”.

Otherwise all applicants seeking entry at Level 4 using the APL or AP(E)L routes will have their claims assessed first prior to admission. Admissions staff will advise the applicants on nature of the evidence that is required to support their claim for APL or AP(E)L.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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September 2020

TBC (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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Fee


September 2020

TBC (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Career prospects

The course is designed to align your knowledge and skills with employers in Public Health and for your skills to be able to make an immediate impact on population experiences and health outcomes.

By successfully completing the BSc Public Health course, you will enhance your employability by offering the skills and competences that address employers' objectives and expectations from graduates wishing to pursue a career as a public health practitioner.

Successful graduates may be employed as investors, analysts, researchers or managers within the diverse field of public health practice.This course aims to equip you with the tools for developing necessary competences for employment within the NHS or global health systems. Job opportunities may be available in a wide range of public organisations including private health providers, not for-profit and charity organisations and NGOs that offer many different roles and services within field of Public Health.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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