Public health is the science and art of detecting and preventing disease, enhancing people’s quality of life, and promoting physical, mental, and environmental health amongst populations so people can live healthier, for longer.
This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills on the vital role that Public Health plays in society across three pillars of public health – prevention, protection, and promotion.
The curriculum explores strategies for tackling disease and preventing ill-health, embracing multifaceted and collective actions for health promotion, and approaches to health protection to respond to emerging challenges facing public health practitioners.
You will be taught using a mixture of lectures and small-group seminars, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops, student-led discussions and interactive simulation. This combination of teaching aims to support you to explore important health issues theoretically as well as practically. We aim to create confident, knowledgeable Public Health graduates who are ready to make meaningful change in population health locally, nationally and internationally.
Upon successful completion of this course you will have developed an understanding of health disparities and health inequalities 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.
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.
To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.
Global readyAn international outlook, with global opportunities
EmployabilityCareer-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed
Teaching ExcellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Course essentialsA degree which offers you more, at no extra cost
Accreditation & Professional Recognition
The course meets QAA benchmark standards on Knowledge, Understanding and Skills, and Learning, Teaching and Assessment requirements for Health Studies graduates to meet the Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework Benchmark standards of Public Health England (PHE 2016). Successful completion of this course therefore gives you transferable skills to facilitate your future registration with relevant professional bodies such as the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR 2016) upon gaining relevant work experience.
This course is not yet approved or accredited by any professional body.
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 teaching of the prevention pillar, and upon successful completion of this course, you will gain an understanding of 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 and sociology, as well as actual health promotion policies in operation, for example from Public Health England and the World Health Organization.
Within the study of all the three pillars of public health there is an emphasis on helping you to develop your understanding of the scientific approaches to disease prevention, contributing to improved healthcare quality and delivery, empowering individuals to make sound health decisions, and influencing policy in public health.
You will have 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 (subject to availability and additional fees may apply).
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.
In year 1 you are introduced to the basic concepts, principles and methods on which public health practice is grounded. Upon successful completion your personal and professional skills will 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.
- Foundations of Public Health
- Personal and Professional Development Skills
- Introduction to Research Methods
- Health Systems
- 21st Century Communication
- Foundations for Health Interventions and Evaluation
The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.
In year 2 there is a focus on helping you to create and build on your skills to apply, appraise and evaluate public health concepts, principles and methods for improving population health. Upon successful completion of the course you will 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.
- Introduction to Epidemiology
- Understanding and using health research
- Health Promotion
- Health Protection
- Public Health Policy and Management
- Employability in Public Health
The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.
The final year of the course aims to concentrate on activities that are concerned with preparing you to become a critical thinker in order 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. It is designed to help prepare you for senior positions in Public Health practice by encouraging you to apply leadership and management principles to activities for improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities.
- Leadership and Management for Healthcare Professionals
- Contemporary Issues in Public Health
- Globalisation and Sustainable Health Financing
- Implementing Health Service Interventions and Evaluations
- Health Informatics
The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.
In more detail...
This course aims to convey concepts, theories and methods about a healthier population across the world. Its principles and guiding values consider public health as having the responsibility to protect and improve the health of all people, especially the elderly, children, the poor and the deprived.
Along with the broad perspective of public health, this course aims to teach you the knowledge and skills across the pillars of public health. The curriculum encourages you to explore your grasp of the strategies for disease prevention, embracing multifaceted and collective actions for health promotion and protection in response to emerging challenges facing public health practitioners.
- Interactive, creative, hands-on learning sessions
- Taught by current Public Health experts from a range of practice, research, academic and leadership backgrounds.
- Simulation-based learning opportunities
- Local field trips to see Public Health at work (subject to availability and additional costs)
- Mapped to the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework
- Optimises employability skills development through dedicated public health employability module
- Assessments which reflect real-world Public Health skills and knowledge
- Inter-professional learning opportunities allowing students from a diverse range of health related courses to share, learn and work together.
In year 1 you are introduced to the basic concepts, principles and methods on which public health practice is grounded. This includes key concepts such as the pillars of public health, health inequalities, and health service systems.
In year 2 you are asked to build on your previous study by being taught how to apply, appraise and evaluate public health concepts, principles and methods to improve population health. You will be encouraged to explore how to evaluate population health needs, understand and appraise relationships between health policy and wider systems, and use creative approaches when developing public health planning and activities.
Year 3 is designed with the aim to enable you to practice how to critique, interpret and implement public health activities, approaches and evidence in a variety of contexts. You will be asked to explore challenges and opportunities of public health at local, national and international levels. Leadership and management principles will be applied to activities for improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities.
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.
- Hear from professionals in practice drawn from a range of Public Health-related fields.(subject to availability)
- Utilise a virtual learning environment 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. water treatment plant) or event (e.g. Public Health film festival) (subject to availability and additional costs)
The above strategies should help you to connect concepts covered in the course with real-life experience.
Your learning will be assessed in ways that reflects 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; there are also traditional essays and exams. In year 3, you will undertake your own research project. Public Health problems often require creative solutions, and we have designed our assessments to reflect that notion.
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 around 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 further independent learning activities 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 Collaborative Online Internationalised Learning (COIL), field trips to attend international conferences or gain intercultural experiences outside teaching times. It also enables you to gain voluntary work and related placements abroad supported through the Employability Unit (EPU) and Centre for Global Engagement (CGE).
All international placement opportunities are subject to availability, application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs.
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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 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
Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17
The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19
The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016
As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses
|University Course Code: HLSU220|
|A Level||BTEC||IB Diploma||GCSE requirement|
|BBC (excludes General Studies)||DMM||29 points with 14 at Higher||Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 / A*- C including English, Mathematics and Science|
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.
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).
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
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.
£9,250 (per year)
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.
TBC (per year)
If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.
£17,700 (per year)
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 tripsAny mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.
Key materialThis can include core textbooks, software and equipment.
Laser prints1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.
Optional yearPay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.
EU student fees
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
Graduate Immigration Route visa
Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.
The course is designed to align your knowledge and skills with the requirements of 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 course, you should 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.
Graduates may be employed in such roles as public health practitioner, health protection practitioner, health improvement practitioner, health data analyst, healthy lifestyles coordinator, health and wellbeing coordinator, public health project manager, and many other types of analysts, managers or researcher roles 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 organisations including private health providers, not for-profit and charity organisations and NGOs that offer many different roles and services within the field of Public Health.
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 2020/21 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 tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.