• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Are you interested in protecting and promoting the health of individuals, communities and populations worldwide? If so, then this course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of public health and its wider determinants from a local, national and international perspective.

Populations globally are at risk from environmental hazards such as air pollution, use of plastics and epidemics such as Ebola. There has never been a better time to raise awareness and protect future populations.

A look at public health, past and present

We will explore public health issues from a local, national and global perspective, looking at how public health has been shaped through history, and unpicking contemporary issues that affect health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Tap into public health expertise

Taught by experienced academics, who have worked in public health themselves, you will also gain an insight into policy and decision making, as well as looking in depth at health promoting initiatives, designed to solve complex public health problems.

Practical learning opportunities

Alongside lectures and seminars, you’ll take part in student-led events and health promotion projects, and have opportunities to network with public health employers. The practical, highly relevant experience you gain will put you in a strong position for building your public health career.

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in public health.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


The degree is mapped to the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework, which means it’s been designed to give you the precise skills and knowledge base you will need to work, and progress, in public health.

In particular, you will go away with:

  • a strong insight into current public health issues, and the impact of human behaviour on society and the planet as a whole
  • the ability to evaluate data used by public health policy and decision makers
  • awareness of health promoting initiatives and how to develop sustained arguments to solve public health problems
  • insight into contemporary research relating to current issues in public health across the globe
  • the opportunity to make a difference to individual and population health and wellbeing.

We tailor our academic and pastoral support to your individual needs and aspirations, and your personal tutor will be on hand to support you on your learning journey.

You’ll have access to our award-winning simulation facilities, to role play different public health scenarios in home and community settings.

Thanks to our strong links with local public health organisations and professionals, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to build your network and meet people working in the field.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Ways of learning about the social world

Year 1 Modules

  • Current Issues in Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Society, Culture and Communities 1
  • Contemporary debates
  • Safeguarding -a Public Health Approach

Year 2 Modules

  • Personal and Professional Development for Employment
  • Patterns and Trends in Public Health
  • Personal and Population Health
  • Research methods
  • Health Promotion in action

Year 3 Modules

  • At risk populations and mental health
  • Global Public Health
  • Settings based Health Promotion
  • Society, Culture and Communities 2
  • Dissertation


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

By the end of the course, you will be well equipped to work in a wide range of public health settings, whether you decide to go into the NHS, local government, or a national or international NGO or charity.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.