Learn to promote people's health and wellbeing, with our Public Health degree. Study in Chelmsford or Peterborough and get hands-on experience with community placements.
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.
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.
It’s a sector that’s brimming with career opportunities.
Public health covers three key areas:
By studying BSc (Hons) Public Health at ARU, you’ll gain practical skills and the confidence to work collaboratively in groups.
As a student here, you’ll take part in simulated scenarios and community-based research, as well as creating reports, presentations and demonstrations to present to panels and judges.
You’ll gain the research and analytical skills to interpret data. When you graduate you’ll be equipped to use evidence to help plan and implement health solutions for individuals and communities and to develop effective health policies. You’ll also be aware of important issues like health inequalities and social justice, be familiar with health needs assessment and data analysis tools, and have developed effective communication skills.
We’ve worked with public health stakeholders, including Public Health England, the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) and Health Education England to create our course, and our teaching staff are part of international networks which inform everything we do.
Throughout the UK practitioners work to protect and improve health and wellbeing. The UKPHR operate a register of Public Health Practitioners to ensure that workers meet and maintain a high standard of competency within the Public Health profession. Our Public Health degree aligns with these UKPHR practitioner competencies ensuring that through a combination of employment focussed content, work placements and lectures, our programme will help you prepare for UKPHR registration.
From developing technologies and health trends to your social media presence and campaigning, we monitor the public health landscape and change with it, so your degree is always relevant.
As a Public Health student, you’ll constantly consider your career; engaging with public health occupational frameworks and demonstrating a range of UKPHR standards. This will be supported by a work placement and the portfolio that you’ll create from day one – and take right through to interviews and registration.
Our students feel that their voice is heard and that we value their opinion. According to the National Student Survey 2020, they rate their tutors highly and value the feedback they receive.
You have the option to take this course as a four-year degree with foundation year. If you choose to learn in Chelmsford, you'll study with our partner, ARU College, in either Cambridge or Chelmsford for Year 1, then Chelmsford for years 2-4. If you choose to study in Peterborough, you'll stay there for all four years of your course.
Studying our Foundation Year will give you a solid base for your study of Public Health or you could choose to apply for interview for our Nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health) or Operating Department degrees, and if successful join the Year 1 of the degree.Learn more
Senior Lecturer Clare Jacobs talks about the work that public health professionals do, and the difference they make.
Dr Richard Hayhoe is just one of the tutors you'll meet as a Public Health student here at ARU.
Dr Rachael Cubberley, Deputy Head of the School of Allied Health at ARU, talks about her varied career in public health.
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As a Public Health student at ARU you’ll benefit from:
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Our Public Health degree aligns with the UKPHR practitioner competencies ensuring that through a combination of employment focussed content, work placements and lectures, our programme will help you prepare for UKPHR registration.
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.
We work with employers including Public Health England to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as MSc Public Health and Community Wellbeing or MSc Global Public Health. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Choose where you study: we offer this degree course in the heart of Chelmsford and Peterborough.Explore our campuses