Public Health

BSc (Hons)


This course is available in Clearing.

Level 6 entry: If you're a qualified nurse, midwife or social worker, or have sufficient credits or qualifications at diploma level you may be able to enter on the final year of this course and complete your undergraduate degree at both Cambridge and Chelmsford campus for one academic year. For more information please contact Kemoh Rogers.

Course overview

Our BSc (Hons) Public Health follows a modern approach to public health by directly addressing the important social and other factors influencing the wellbeing of populations.

The course is available as a full three year degree or as a top-up, which is aimed at those applicants that already hold sufficient credit or qualifications to gain advanced entry onto the second or final year of an undergraduate degree.

Both the full and top-up route are aimed at applicants that are either working in or wish to work in the field of public health. For those applicants that are already healthcare professionals it will enhance their knowledge of relevant contemporary public health issues to enable them to consider the wider implications of health.

Our approach is to equip both professional and non professional students with knowledge and skills to work in the fast-changing and dynamic world of public health. Whether you see your future career in local public services or in global non-governmental organisations, our course will provide an essential foundation. We have developed a dynamic and industry relevant curriculum which addresses a full range of global public health issues. The course aims to provide you with skills in public health within both European and international academic contexts.

In order to ensure that the volume and depth of content required is included within the curriculum, the whole course follows a trimester pattern that includes teaching sessions which span across the complete year(s) including the summer period.

Renata Cibelli Freire Barbosa

I knew Anglia Ruskin would give me what I need to become a good professional. I was initially attracted to public health by the possibility of working with global social and health issues and making some differences in order to improve them. Now that I am here, I enjoy the diversity of the backgrounds of the students in my class. It means we can see things through a different point of view and in a wider perspective.

I would definitely recommend my course to others because it helps you become more open minded and more comprehensive and proactive about health and social issues. I would definitely think or see things differently if I were home in Brazil, where everything is so natural and familiar to me.

The support of both teaching and support staff is just excellent! My teacher is always available to help, and the staff as well. I am also very pleased with all the facilities and resources; they are very modern and easy to access. In the future I intend on being a psychologist with a wider view over health and social issues and I think my course is really helping me to develop that.

Being here is one of the best experiences I have ever had.

All the following modules are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the course.
Level 4 core modules
  • Principles in Public Health (30 credits)

    (30 credits) Introduces major concepts and principles of modern public health. Students will learn about the meanings of 'public health', determinants of health, importance of data in public health, the ethical framework for public health policy and intervention, global health, and evidence-based decision making.

  • Higher Education and Work Environment

    (30 credits) This module will develop understanding of the work sector and the role that individuals take in influencing its performance within the context and environment that influence the operation of organisations. Students will explore the impact of political, social and economic factors on the sector and consider the legal and ethical frameworks informing the sector.

  • Valuing People and Fostering Dignity and respect

    (30 credits)The purpose of this module is to equip students with an informed and insightful understanding of the centrality of the individual in health and social care settings.

  • Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology for Practice

    (30 credits) This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of how the human body functions in relation to patient assessment and monitoring of vital signs. This knowledge gained will enable the student to appreciate the uniqueness of the human body and how it functions, its relevance to care, and how essential basic knowledge can be further explored and developed in subsequent modules.

Level 5 core modules
  • Introduction to Epidemiology

    (30 credits) This module will equip students with some of the skills necessary to understand the data that are regularly found in public health research, reports and policies. Understanding epidemiological and other related public health data is a prerequisite for many of the modules offered on the Public Health course.

  • Social, Political & Ethical Issues in Public Health

    (30 credits) This module is designed to introduce students to critical issues that underpin public health practice in local and international contexts. With a focus on social determinants of health, health systems and contemporary ethical issues in provision of public health services, this module will encourage students to analyse and examine the wider context of health and wellbeing.

  • Global Health & Sustainability

    (45 credits) Public health practitioners need to be acutely aware of the issues surrounding sustainability as these impact on all aspects and outcomes of health. This module will give a brief introduction to the concepts of sustainability and resilience. Some of the global problems that are becoming apparent and the ways these are being tackled will be discussed. Identification, types of response as well as the speed of response and how these impact on health issues will be raised.

  • Research and Critical Thinking

    (15 credits) The module will develop your awareness of the need to underpin professional practice by the use of published research and up-to-date evidence. The understanding and interpretation of trends and frequencies in population data is a key requirement for all public health professionals.

Level 6 core modules
  • Behaviour Change and Communication for Public Health

    (30 credits) This module is designed to introduce students to basic theories of behaviour change within a public health context. Drawing from local and international examples, students will review a range of public health campaigns from an individual to a global level and learn strategies to both develop and evaluate programmes. Course reading materials will include academic journal sources, media reports, and health promotion materials to mirror the types of documents that public health professionals may encounter

  • Economic Evaluation in Public Health

    (30 credits) In this module students will develop a critical understanding of the basic economic concepts and principles that are relevant to evaluating health and public health programmes. The teaching and learning is aimed at exploring the economic theory underlying allocation of resources within health care and public policy both in the UK and internationally. Students will apply economic principles to their own areas of interest, evaluate their effectiveness and debate the contributions of these to the developments of efficient public health policies.

  • Research Methodology, Design and Process

    (30 credits) This module will revisit existing knowledge of the research process and assist the student in further developing skills of critical analysis. In addition, students will have the opportunity to appraise the ethical dimensions of research studies.

  • Undergraduate Major Project

    (30 credits) The Undergraduate Major Project module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of product/development work on a topic relevant to your specific discipline.


The forms of assessment vary between modules. Assignments include the production of reports, presentations, an exam, essays and portfolio work. The final undergraduate major project will be in the form of a 10,000 word dissertation or equivalent material agreed by your academic supervisor.

All the assessments are designed to demonstrate the range of knowledge and skills expected of a supervisor operating at Level 6 of the UK Public Health Careers & Skills Framework.
Our undergraduate Public Health course follows the 'New Public Health' approach to public health. The course aims to build upon your previous experience and provide you with the knowledge and skills to address the fast-changing and dynamic world of public health. The Faculty of Health & Social Care is one of the few UK institutions recognised by the Royal Institute for Public Health.

Our courses are delivered by a team of leading academic staff who all have relevant teaching, professional experience and are active researchers in the field. We support the teaching on the course with visits from leading academics such as Professor Richard Parish, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, and Professor Mala Rao, who after a long career as a Director of Public Health in the UK is currently developing regional services in India.

Professor Jenny Secker was awarded the 2009 Arts and Health Award from the Royal Society of Public Health. Professor Secker led a research team that looked into the impact that participating in arts projects has for people aged 16 to 65 with mental health needs. The research titled; Mental Health, Social Inclusion and the Arts: Developing the Evidence-base, was nominated for its 'originality and substantial contribution to the field of arts and mental health'.

The teaching and research team has close links with the UK Public Health Association, Chartered Institute for Environmental Health and other relevant professional bodies. Whether you see your future career in local public services or in global non-governmental organisations, our courses will provide an essential skill base.

Many of our successful undergraduate students continue with Anglia Ruskin University on our post graduate Masters Programme. For details of how to receive an alumni award towards further study with us please see

Links with industry and professional recognition

The award does not attract professional recognition but is recognised by the Royal Society of Public Health. Completion of the BSc (Hons) in Public Health will allow progression onto the MSc Public Health which assists with achieving professional recognition.

Associated careers

Students who successfully graduate are able to work in a range of areas relating to public health. These include: health trainers, smoking cessation advisors, nursery nurses, community development officers, health improvement officers other public health roles in healthcare and local government agencies.
Main requirements:
  • 160 UCAS Tariff Points from a minimum of 2 A levels (or equivalent), English or a Social Science subject are preferred
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C 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
  • A maximum of 20 UCAS Tariff points may come from the Extended Project Qualification at Grade A or A*
Alternative qualifications accepted:
  • UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are accepted
  • Access to HE Diplomas at overall Pass grade are accepted
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points is accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted
  • UCAS Tariff points from the Irish Leaving Certificate are accepted
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

Entry requirements listed are for September 2015/January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

Please note we do not accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they are combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Three year programme of study

  • Applicants are normally required to meet the minimum qualifications for entry required for admission to year 1
  • Applicants without formal qualifications will be considered on the basis of non-standard entry requirements of the university.
  • Anglia Ruskin has a well established AP(E)L process. In accordance with university regulations, candidates can map their AP(E)L claim using a vehicle such as a portfolio against existent 'new learning' modules, providing the content is relevant to their experiential learning. Students with accredited prior learning may be able to use the process of APL in order to gain advanced standing within the programme. All claims will be processed on an individual basis with an Adviser.
  • It will be a requirement for prospective students to have access to a computer and the Internet, although appropriate ICT training will be given during their first weeks on the course.
Two year programme of study

For entry onto this course at level 5 you will need to have either a degree, diploma or other qualification equivalent to 120 level 4 UK Higher Education credits.

One year programme of study

For direct entry onto the final year of this course (level 6) you will need to satisfy the entry requirements above and have either a degree, diploma or other qualification equivalent to 120 level 4 and 120 Level 5 UK Higher Education credits. Alternatively, those with 120 level 4 credits only may be able to enter at level 6 through the Accreditation of Prior Learning process detailed below.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL): Your Gateway to Anglia Ruskin University

As a talented individual with a wealth of previous working and life experiences, we invite you to take part in our Accreditation of Prior Learning.

This service is completely free of charge to international students and is worth £400. Completing this process successfully will enable you to enter our courses at an advanced level, saving you both time in the UK and a year's fees and living expenses.

The process involves completing a single piece of assessed written work for submission. You will be supported throughout, receiving a bespoke service including tailored advice and personal support from one of our leading senior academic lecturers who is an expert in their field.

The process is simple, and an ideal opportunity to get a first-hand experience and introduction to our University and your lecturers, preparing you for success before you even begin your course!

International and EU applicants

We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
If you do not meet the above requirements, then there is an alternative. Consider entry to the course via an integrated foundation year at Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.

How to apply

UK & EU applicants

Apply via UCAS

International applicants
Apply online

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September, January

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Open Day

15 November (Cambridge) and 19 November (Chelmsford)
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