Public Health & Community Studies BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

LL45 - Degree
5KLL - HND
54LL - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU London (Dagenham)

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
November 2020
February 2021
April 2021
June 2021

Fees:

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+44 (0) 203 873 0700


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Course code:

LL45 - Degree
5KLL - HND
54LL - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU London (Dagenham)

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
November 2020
February 2021
April 2021
June 2021

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 203 873 0700


Request information

Course code:

LL45 - Degree
5KLL - HND
54LL - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
2 year - HND
1 year - HNC

Location:

CU London (Dagenham)

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
November 2020
February 2021
April 2021
June 2021

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 203 873 0700


Request information

Overview

Public health is considered the science and art of promoting and protecting health and wellbeing, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society.

The Public Health & Community Studies BA (Hons) Degree has been designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to excel in a multidisciplinary community environment and to effectively support a variety of agencies, communities and individuals in promoting health and wellbeing.

With increased attention from government on the improvement of population health, this is an excellent time to study the underlying factors that contribute to ill health and how you as a practitioner can work to promote health and wellbeing as well as tackling the social inequalities within the localities you serve.

Why CU London

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, CU may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

Your course in pictures

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

Royal Society for Public Health

Royal Society for Public Health

We are an approved centre for The Royal Society for Public Health, an independent health education charity and the world’s longest-established public health body. Their vision is that everyone should have the opportunity to optimise their health and wellbeing.

What our students say

My time at CU has been a positive, life changing experience. Tutors were always on hand to help either face to face or online. I also have peace of mind that a degree from Coventry University has given me good employability prospects.

Zakaria Zarugh - Public Health & CU Public Health & Community Studies Student

Course information

The Public Health & Community Studies BA (Hons) degree aims to teach the skills and knowledge relevant for progression into statutory, voluntary or private sectors. Opportunities can be found in areas that address the wider determinants of health, such as education, housing and transport by developing public approaches to promote health.

Throughout the course, you will address health inequalities, including tackling the damaging effects of smoking, alcohol, drugs and poor nutrition as well as analysing government initiatives.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This first year is designed to explore the core fundamentals of modern public health. Throughout the year, the programme aims to develop skills in decision making and information management, providing you with a solid foundation for further exploration in years two and three. Students who complete year one are eligible for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Public Health & Community Studies.

Modules

  • Communication Skills and Inclusive Practice

  • Community and Change

  • Contemporary Public Health

  • Lifespan Development and Identity

Thought about a different campus?

CU London, CU Coventry and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. 

Overview

In this year, you will refine key analytical skills as you examine the ways in which social factors and institutions are constructed and represented and their implications on everyday life. Students who complete year two are eligible for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Public Health & Community Studies.

Modules

  • Social Divisions and Social Groups

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Introduction to Social Science Research Methods

  • Lifestyle Trends, Health and Behaviour Change

Thought about a different campus?

CU London, CU Coventry and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. 

Overview

An optional placement or sandwich year gives you the chance to gain further insight into the industry or career you are seeking to follow, enabling you to apply your theoretical knowledge to the workplace. You can also choose to take an optional year abroad between years two and three. If you decide to take advantage of a placement year this version of the degree will help you acquire valuable work experience and gain an understanding of what employers seek in graduates. It is your responsibility to find a placement with an employer within your chosen sector. The careers and employability department, alongside the course team, will support you throughout your placement year.

Overview

This exciting year aims to enhance your existing knowledge, giving you a broad overview of research methods and processes that are used to study health or social factors in communities. This year examines the skills, behaviours and techniques of effective management and the role of leadership in relation to business themes. By the end of this year, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful leader, with the ability to identify the core processes and mechanisms that underpin innovation.

Modules

  • Leadership and Management in Public Health

  • Promoting Healthy Communities

  • Contemporary Welfare and Social Policy

  • Research Project

Thought about a different campus?

CU London, CU Coventry and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. Students who study at CU will graduate with a degree awarded and accredited by Coventry University.

All CU students have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year. This means you can study in the vibrant city of Coventry, the UK’s capital, or on the stunning Yorkshire coast. 

15th

Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020. CU London is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • We have a dedicated careers team who will assist you with finding work, both while you're a student and after you graduate.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in London, Coventry and Scarborough.

Your main study themes are:

  • Inequality: Inequalities in health run throughout the programme. You will look at several factors that contribute to the inequality, such as geographical locations and financial incomes. You will critically appraise inequalities and learn to identify bias and injustice in communities.
  • Social Determinants: Social Determinants are key to public health practice and can affect communities and public health. Themes explored in this programme include, infrastructure, classism, education, social networks and area of residency.
  • Vulnerable Communities: You will develop the ability to identify vulnerable communities. Many communities that suffer from bad health are vulnerable; you will be able to critically assess significant correlations and demonstrate how help and support can be provided to encourage better health.
  • Social Enterprise: Throughout the course you are encouraged to develop independently and academically, through reflection, information searching and experimental projects. You will learn to work autonomously, understand and assess communities critically and create solutions confidently.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Breakdown of final grade assessment (approximate):

60% Coursework
40% Assessments

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of legislation, strategies and policies within a changing environment, to meet stakeholder interests.
  • Critically appraise theories related to the development of a health promotion strategy, considering social determinants that could influence the effectiveness.
  • Develop appropriate research and analysis techniques, alongside the ability to undertake reliable market research activities.
  • Operate, lead and collaborate in a team to solve problems of a practical (experimental) nature and to provide appropriate solutions.
  • Apply appropriate presentation and evaluation tools to establish the significance of research data produced.

Full-time

If you choose to study full-time you can expect up to 20 hours of learning activities per week. The majority of this will be face-to-face teaching, with the addition of individual and group tutorials and independent/online learning.

Classes usually run Monday to Friday at a fixed time each day, either in the morning (9am-1pm) or afternoon (1.30pm-5.30pm).

Part-time

If you choose to study part-time you’ll usually receive seven hours per week direct face-to-face delivery and three hours per week blended learning. Outside of this, there will also be independent study and online support.

Teaching normally takes place on Saturday 9am-6pm, or if the demand is high enough, selected courses may be able to run on weekday evenings.
Please note: part-time courses run subject to numbers.

Class groups are kept low. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

With the Online International Learning (OIL) Project, students of the Public Health & Community Studies course gain access to exciting international opportunities with universities across the world, such as the University of Venice, where students can take part in online seminars, network with students and course leaders and sit in on relevant lectures.

What our students say

My time at CU has been a positive, life changing experience. Tutors were always on hand to help either face to face or online. I also have peace of mind that a degree from Coventry University has given me good employability prospects.

Zakaria Zarugh - Public Health & CU Public Health & Community Studies Student

What our students say

My time at CU has been a positive, life changing experience. Tutors were always on hand to help either face to face or online. I also have peace of mind that a degree from Coventry University has given me good employability prospects.

Zakaria Zarugh - Public Health & CU Public Health & Community Studies Student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£7,700 (per year)


January 2021

£7,700 (per year)


November 2020

£7,700 (per year)


February 2021

£7,700 (per year)


April 2021

£7,700 (per year)


June 2021

£7,700 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2020

£7,700 (per year)


January 2021

£7,700 (per year)


November 2020

£7,700 (per year)


February 2021

£7,700 (per year)


April 2021

£7,700 (per year)


June 2021

£7,700 (per year)


Fees & Funding

We price our courses competitively in an attempt to make higher education accessible for a wide range of people. Your tuition fees will cover all of your classes, online tutorials, some of the learning materials and access to our Library & Learning Services. 

Funding

As a full-time or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU London from Student Finance England.

What our students say

My time at CU has been a positive, life changing experience. Tutors were always on hand to help either face to face or online. I also have peace of mind that a degree from Coventry University has given me good employability prospects.

Zakaria Zarugh - Public Health & CU Public Health & Community Studies Student

Career prospects

With a growing demand for skilled health professionals, graduates of this course have an expansive list of career paths to explore.

With the majority of students going directly into a public health profession, other students have also chosen to study further in the field, with several students undertaking a master’s degree, in subjects such as Public Health and Nutrition, International Business Management and Social Policy.

Where our graduates work

Graduates have gone on to work successfully in leading companies such as the Royal Derby Hospital and Coventry University.

What our students say

My time at CU has been a positive, life changing experience. Tutors were always on hand to help either face to face or online. I also have peace of mind that a degree from Coventry University has given me good employability prospects.

Zakaria Zarugh - Public Health & CU Public Health & Community Studies Student
Disclaimer

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 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 planned 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 at that time.