BSc (Hons) Public Health

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Learn to promote people's health and wellbeing, with our Public Health degree. Study in Chelmsford and get hands-on experience with community placements.

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What is public health?

Public health professionals work to improve the health and wellbeing of communities. Here's how they do it.

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.

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Practical experience

As a Public Health student at ARU you’ll benefit from:

  • taking part in simulated healthcare scenarios
  • carrying out research in the community to support your learning
  • studying an up-to-date, relevant course that’s been designed in collaboration with public health bodies
  • a community experience module.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • benefit from award-wining learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from staff who are active in public health research
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more
  • get involved with local causes through our volunteering scheme

UK Public Health Register

Our Public Health degree will prepare you to register with the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR).


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. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

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