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Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Public Health and Society

Public Health and Society

Public Health and Society

International Scholarships available

Overview

Prepare for a career in public health, helping people to lead healthier lives and live longer. Public health workers help to protect populations from disease and promote health so that people can go on to live long and healthy lives. You will explore the social model of health and the wider influences that impact on health and disease, such as education, poverty and geographical location.

By blending theory and practical work, you will gain the expertise required to address health inequalities and to face the challenges of working in public health and health promotion. Your learning will be guided by our public health academics who are engaged in the latest research to ensure your course is up to date, contemporary and relevant.

Through developing your confidence and capabilities as a public health worker, you will begin to use your own initiative as you analyse communities and populations, identifying threats to their health and designing interventions to address issues such as obesity, sexual health and drug and alcohol use.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

 

You will gain the necessary practical and theoretical expertise to work in public health and health promotion in the UK and across the world, this course will allow you to develop a wide variety of transferable skills desired by many graduate employers, including communication, presentation, team working, planning, interpreting data and critical thinking.

You will be taught by experts who have practised across the world in the public health field. Your learning will be guided by our academic team, who have a vast range of practical, research and teaching experience, offering an interconnected insight into many areas of public health. The course team also form part of the Centre for Health Promotion Research (CHPR), established in 1997 and has grown to be a centre of excellence, nationally-regarded in the public health and health promotion fields. Through this, your course content will be research-led and relevant to contemporary practice.

Our guest lecturers deliver sessions to strengthen your theoretical knowledge, while you also have the option to engage with employers and develop your hands-on skills through professional practice or a voluntary placement. Our annual health and social careers fair will also help introduce you to a wide variety of local employers.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • University accommodation
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Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

26 points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ENHANCED CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check maybe required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

26 points

IELTS:

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

ENHANCED CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECKS:

An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check maybe required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

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Teaching and learning

Understand the challenges in current public health, and how a multidisciplinary approach can address increasing health inequalities. You will focus on the social model of health and on the wider factors that affect health and disease. By the end of the course you will be able to develop a broad, holistic view of public health, able to devise and introduce strategies to improve health and wellbeing in people and populations.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study; the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Download 2019/20 Course Spec Download
Study the core disciplines within public health, and the key historical and conceptual ideas in public health and health promotion. You will be able to describe the contribution that sociology and psychology plays in understanding health and health related behaviour, and how health information is generated, exploring the nature of the evidence base that informs public health.
Core Modules

Explore the key concepts, theories, models and approaches that underpin the discipline and contribute to subsequent learning. You will focus on developing essential academic skills for locating and retrieving academic resources for public health and health promotion.

Help your transition into higher education by developing your academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

Study sociological theory, concepts and research that inform understandings of health and public health. Look at how social, cultural and structural factors shape the health of individuals and groups. You will engage with sociological perspectives on the social contexts and processes that shape a range of issues that are relevant to public health.

Gain an introduction to psychological theory, concepts and research relevant to health, health experience and health promotion. You will have the opportunity to engage with a number of theoretical perspectives in psychology and apply these to a range of contemporary public health issues in order to develop your understanding.

Gain an introduction to a range of methods and types of data that can be used to answer public health questions, as you begin to think critically about using different types of data and methods to answer different questions, and to practise applying your learning to simulated “real life” case studies.

This module enables you to think about what community and citizenship means, and the health needs of different groups and communities within society. You will have the opportunity to visit a range of community settings to understand the support and provision of the diverse third sector and its impact on and contribution to communities. You will also focus on how communities can be used as a mechanism for health and wellbeing improvement as well as the specific health inequalities, needs and challenges of particular communities.

Deepen your core knowledge of public health in Year Two as you extends your theoretical and practical insights as well as research competencies and attributes necessary for employment. You will be encouraged to integrate the knowledge base from the multiple approaches in public health to formulate solutions to the problems and dilemmas in the field.
Core Modules

Build on the Year 1 ‘Investigating Health’ module to develop further your understanding of the principles of research design, data collection and analysis, and critical appraisal skills. You will learn about commonly used quantitative and qualitative research study designs and data collection tools, including surveys/ questionnaires, interviews and focus groups.

Focus on a variety of contemporary issues in health and wellbeing in the context of a globalising world. Each week you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding about a specific topic. These topics are subject to change in order to keep up-to-date with the changing patterns of disease and global health concerns.

Through exploring a range of topics on mental health, you will become familiar with critical approaches to mental health in the context of a social justice framework. There is a strong emphasis on understanding the relevance and applying sociological theory that is intended to establish the basis for learning and ethical practice in diverse professional areas.

Focus on the variety of issues drawing upon health and welfare policy from within the UK. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding about the political nature of health, ideological influences upon the policy process and to debate health-related responsibilities within the broader context of UK policy.

Develop and enhance your communication skills for health across a number of domains to include interpersonal communication, using different media including print, mass media, electronic and social media. You will learn about communication theory and how this applies to communication for health in a range of contexts.

Focus on the practical delivery of public health/health promotion interventions. You will develop skills in the organisation, delivery and evaluation of an intervention. Your learning will combine lectures and seminars with practical experiences in a work setting.

In Year Three taught modules will develop your critical understanding, with the ultimate aim to foster your autonomy and independence. You will develop your critical thinking by undertaking a ethical public health research project from which you will complete a dissertation.
Core Modules

Undertake a small scale practical research project. You will make use of your learning from the taught modules to develop your practical research skills through the planning, conducting and presentation of a research project relevant to public health.

Foster your skills, familiarity, and confidence to take on personal and organisational responsibilities. In a workplace context, you will be equipped with knowledge and practice in management, leadership and motivation approaches whilst at an individual level gaining insights into your own styles, preferences and experiences.

Gain an introduction to a range of contemporary issues and challenges in public health and health promotion. Building on some of the issues raised in previous modules (such as Policy & Politics of Health), you will explore relevant topic areas in-depth enabling you to develop your critical appraisal skills in relation to public health and health promotion.

Explore the complexities of contemporary issues in health and wellbeing in the context of a globalising world, as you are encouraged to develop a critical and self-directed approach to each topic through the lens of current research. You will have the opportunity to build on the knowledge already gained and to consider these topics through different research methodologies that are commonly used in the field of health research.

Explore a range of contemporary global health issues and challenges in public health and health promotion. Building upon some of the issues raised in previous modules (such as Policy & Politics of Health and Contemporary Issues), you will look at relevant topic areas in depth enabling you to develop your knowledge and understanding of health challenges facing the world’s populations, as well as the distribution and determinants of health in populations with different social, economic and cultural characteristics.

Download 2019/20 Course Spec Download
Study the core disciplines within public health, and the key historical and conceptual ideas in public health and health promotion. You will be able to describe the contribution that sociology and psychology plays in understanding health and health related behaviour, and how health information is generated, exploring the nature of the evidence base that informs public health.
Core Modules

Explore the key concepts, theories, models and approaches that underpin the discipline and contribute to subsequent learning. You will focus on developing essential academic skills for locating and retrieving academic resources for public health and health promotion.

Help your transition into higher education by developing your academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.

Study sociological theory, concepts and research that inform understandings of health and public health. Look at how social, cultural and structural factors shape the health of individuals and groups. You will engage with sociological perspectives on the social contexts and processes that shape a range of issues that are relevant to public health.

Gain an introduction to psychological theory, concepts and research relevant to health, health experience and health promotion. You will have the opportunity to engage with a number of theoretical perspectives in psychology and apply these to a range of contemporary public health issues in order to develop your understanding.

Gain an introduction to a range of methods and types of data that can be used to answer public health questions, as you begin to think critically about using different types of data and methods to answer different questions, and to practise applying your learning to simulated “real life” case studies.

This module enables you to think about what community and citizenship means, and the health needs of different groups and communities within society. You will have the opportunity to visit a range of community settings to understand the support and provision of the diverse third sector and its impact on and contribution to communities. You will also focus on how communities can be used as a mechanism for health and wellbeing improvement as well as the specific health inequalities, needs and challenges of particular communities.

Deepen your core knowledge of public health in Year Two as you extends your theoretical and practical insights as well as research competencies and attributes necessary for employment. You will be encouraged to integrate the knowledge base from the multiple approaches in public health to formulate solutions to the problems and dilemmas in the field.
Core Modules

Build on the Year 1 ‘Investigating Health’ module to develop further your understanding of the principles of research design, data collection and analysis, and critical appraisal skills. You will learn about commonly used quantitative and qualitative research study designs and data collection tools, including surveys/ questionnaires, interviews and focus groups.

Focus on a variety of contemporary issues in health and wellbeing in the context of a globalising world. Each week you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding about a specific topic. These topics are subject to change in order to keep up-to-date with the changing patterns of disease and global health concerns.

Through exploring a range of topics on mental health, you will become familiar with critical approaches to mental health in the context of a social justice framework. There is a strong emphasis on understanding the relevance and applying sociological theory that is intended to establish the basis for learning and ethical practice in diverse professional areas.

Focus on the variety of issues drawing upon health and welfare policy from within the UK. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding about the political nature of health, ideological influences upon the policy process and to debate health-related responsibilities within the broader context of UK policy.

Develop and enhance your communication skills for health across a number of domains to include interpersonal communication, using different media including print, mass media, electronic and social media. You will learn about communication theory and how this applies to communication for health in a range of contexts.

Focus on the practical delivery of public health/health promotion interventions. You will develop skills in the organisation, delivery and evaluation of an intervention. Your learning will combine lectures and seminars with practical experiences in a work setting.

In Year Three taught modules will develop your critical understanding, with the ultimate aim to foster your autonomy and independence. You will develop your critical thinking by undertaking a ethical public health research project from which you will complete a dissertation.
Core Modules

Undertake a small scale practical research project. You will make use of your learning from the taught modules to develop your practical research skills through the planning, conducting and presentation of a research project relevant to public health.

Foster your skills, familiarity, and confidence to take on personal and organisational responsibilities. In a workplace context, you will be equipped with knowledge and practice in management, leadership and motivation approaches whilst at an individual level gaining insights into your own styles, preferences and experiences.

Gain an introduction to a range of contemporary issues and challenges in public health and health promotion. Building on some of the issues raised in previous modules (such as Policy & Politics of Health), you will explore relevant topic areas in-depth enabling you to develop your critical appraisal skills in relation to public health and health promotion.

Explore the complexities of contemporary issues in health and wellbeing in the context of a globalising world, as you are encouraged to develop a critical and self-directed approach to each topic through the lens of current research. You will have the opportunity to build on the knowledge already gained and to consider these topics through different research methodologies that are commonly used in the field of health research.

Explore a range of contemporary global health issues and challenges in public health and health promotion. Building upon some of the issues raised in previous modules (such as Policy & Politics of Health and Contemporary Issues), you will look at relevant topic areas in depth enabling you to develop your knowledge and understanding of health challenges facing the world’s populations, as well as the distribution and determinants of health in populations with different social, economic and cultural characteristics.

Dr James Woodall
Dr James Woodall
Head of Subject

Dr James Woodall is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the MSc Public Health - Health Promotion programme. James's research interest is offender health, particularly health promotion in prison settings.

I mainly take a qualitative approach to research – much of my work has involved talking to prisoners about their experiences of being inside and how that impacts on their health and wellbeing. I’ve recently been involved in a project with the Jigsaw Visitor’s Centre at HM Prison Leeds, evaluating their service provision for prisoners’ families, prisoners and prison staff.

Fees & funding

Fees information is not available for this selection of attendance, location and start date. Please re-select.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Additional course costs

uition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:
  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • You will need to pay any associated travel costs to access work-based learning experiences - you will be able to choose a convenient workplace location.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Books: Approximately £100, or on loan from library
  • Study materials: We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials such as recommended key text books

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets)

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £1541.60 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £77.08. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

uition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:
  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • You will need to pay any associated travel costs to access work-based learning experiences - you will be able to choose a convenient workplace location.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Books: Approximately £100, or on loan from library
  • Study materials: We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials such as recommended key text books

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets)

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 201920 on this course is £2000 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £100. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Facilities

  • 24/7 Library and learning spaces
    24/7 Library and learning spaces

    Our online library is a vital resource, allowing you to access tens of thousands of digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals, subject-specific web pages and databases, from any machine anywhere in the world. Our split-site Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, so you will always find space to work, whether that is in our silent study areas or social learning spaces.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Headingley Campus Library
    Headingley Campus Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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