Public Health BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

Cambridge , Chelmsford

January, September

code: B912

For information about starting January 2016 call 01245 686868


Public health is about affecting the wellbeing of entire populations. It’s a fascinating field which extends into almost every part of our lives. If you’re interested in working in this area, our degree course provides a solid foundation for a range of careers.

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Full description


When you graduate, you’ll be able to work in a wide range of fields relating to public health. You could help people to stop smoking or to control their weight, or you could become a health trainer or nursery nurse.

You could also consider public health roles in healthcare and local government agencies. This might include working as a health improvement advisor, a community development worker, or a community health worker.

Many of our graduates go on to do a Master’s degree here at Anglia Ruskin University.

This degree does not lead to a registered status, but it’s recognised by the Royal Society of Public Health. You could go on to do a Master’s degree in public health, which would help you to achieve professional recognition.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Principles in Public Health
    This module introduces major concepts and principles of modern public health. You'll 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.
  • Introduction to Higher Education and the Work Environment
    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. You'll explore the impact of political, social and economic factors on the sector and consider the legal and ethical frameworks informing the sector.
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology for Practice
    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 you 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.

Year two, core modules

  • Introduction to Epidemiology
    This module will equip you 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 and Ethical Issues in Public Health
    This module is designed to introduce you 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 you to analyse and examine the wider context of health and wellbeing.
  • Global Health and Sustainability
    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.

Year three, core modules

  • Behaviour Change and Communication for Public Health
    This module is designed to introduce you to basic theories of behaviour change within a public health context. Drawing from local and international examples, you 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
    In this module you 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. You'll 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
    With the increased emphasis on research-based practice over the last decade, it's essential that established practitioners who wish to take further educational programmes are conversant with research methodology and the application of theory to practice in their field.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    This module allows you to engage in a substantial literature review, focussed on a topic relevant to your specific discipline.


We’ll assess you throughout the course so that you and your tutors can measure your progress. Our aim is that you achieve the knowledge and skills expected of a supervisor operating at Level 6 of the UK Public Health Careers & Skills Framework.

Assessment happens in a number of ways and on a module-by-module basis. Besides an exam, you’ll be assessed on reports, presentations, essays and portfolio work. You’ll also do a major project in your final year, which can be either a 10,000-word dissertation or an equivalent piece of work agreed by your supervisor.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2015/16 (per year)


International students, 2015/16 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements


Entry requirements are not currently available, please try again later.

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Important additional notes

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.

We don't 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're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

Get more information

UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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