Public Health - BSc (Hons)

From interviewing students about drug and alcohol addiction, to creating a campaign about exercise and nutrition in a poor area of the UK, to writing a report to inform a government about a rare disease in a developing country – the diverse nature of public health means that no two days are the same.

Course details

Health inequality means that we don’t all start with the same chance in life. The need to recognise public health issues has never been so important.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Public health covers three key areas:

Health improvement: this includes work to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by promoting health lifestyle changes. This can include helping people to quit smoking or improve their living conditions; promoting healthy eating, or tackling underlying issues such as poverty and reduced access to healthcare.

Health protection: this area can cover the safety and quality of the environment, food and water, preventing the spread of communicable disease and managing outbreaks – such as pandemic flu – and addressing the health effects of climate change.

Healthcare: public health professionals help to make sure that health and care services are fit-for-purpose and accessible to all sectors of the population.


Entry requirements

80 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

5 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


Public health has never been more important, relevant and wide-ranging, and there’s a host of career paths to follow.

You might like to work as a public health practitioner, youth worker, drug and alcohol worker, public health information officer or analyst, health improvement practitioner, health protection practitioner, sexual health advisor, smoking cessation co-ordinator, community development or outreach worker, or health communications officer. You could even go into health-related research.

While studying at ARU, you’ll gain skills and knowledge that will be relevant in local government, the NHS, education, consultancy, the not-for-profit sector, and international agencies like the World Health Organization or UNICEF.


You’ll begin to record your professional journey and prepare for a career by developing your skills and logging them in an e-portfolio.

During Year 1, we’ll also touch on population health – looking at disease and considering how it’s reported and monitored.

Modules are subject to change and availability.

  • Practitioner in Public Health
  • Human Systems and Disease
  • Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Understanding Epidemiology
  • Global Health and Sustainability
  • Data Analysis in Public Health Research
  • Health Communication
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Driving Change in Population Health
  • Responsive Public Health Practitioner
  • Engagement in the Public Health Community
  • Strategies to Enhance Health