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BSc (Hons) Public Health & Health Promotion

This is a multidisciplinary course targeted at modern public health requirements in a changing environment. The course has a focus on the social determinants of health (the conditions in which people are born, grow, work and age), which cause unfair and avoidable differences in health status. You will engage with ethical dilemmas in public health, for example the balance between individual freedom and responsibility of government to provide protection for all. As part of the course you will have an exciting opportunity to take a heavily subsidised trip to Uganda* to experience first-hand the public health challenges in the Global South.

During this course, you will learn how to assess the effectiveness of health interventions and learn core public health skills including surveillance and assessment of the population’s health, health protection, and leadership and collaborative working for health. You will learn how to use these core skills to inform and drive health policy and public health practice. The core skills have been identified by professional bodies such as the UK Faculty of Public Health Curriculum and the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013) and Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER). The School is a member of ASPHER.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with key professionals responsible for the public’s health in the Greater Manchester area. We have also developed a three year sandwich degree (BSc (Hons) Public Health and Health Promotion with Placement) where you will have an extended (five month) placement in your second year.

You will take modules during your second year that focus on working on local public health priorities, with input from key personnel from local councils and other agencies. You will also have the opportunity to work on a public health priority in rural Uganda*. This will expose you to real-world challenges and give you the opportunity to work with professionals to begin to establish professional networks. You will have the opportunity to further develop your links with key professionals as you carry out your third year research project.

BSc (Hons) Public Health & Health Promotion with placement

This is a multidisciplinary course targeted at modern public health requirements in a changing environment. The course has a focus on the social determinants of health (the conditions in which people are born, grow, work and age), which cause unfair and avoidable differences in health status. You will engage with ethical dilemmas in public health, for example the balance between individual freedom and responsibility of government to provide protection for all. As part of the course you will have an exciting opportunity to take a heavily subsidised trip to Uganda* to experience first-hand the public health challenges in the Global South.

During this course, you will learn how to assess the effectiveness of health interventions and learn core public health skills including surveillance and assessment of the population’s health, health protection, and leadership and collaborative working for health. You will learn how to use these core skills to inform and drive health policy and public health practice. The core skills have been identified by professional bodies such as the UK Faculty of Public Health Curriculum and the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013) and Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER). The School is a member of ASPHER.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with key professionals responsible for the public’s health in the Greater Manchester area.

During this three year sandwich degree, you will have an extended (five month) placement in your second year. This will expose you to real-world challenges while introducing you to a workplace environment and giving you the opportunity to establish professional networks. During your second year, you will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience working on a public health priority in rural Uganda*.

You will have the opportunity to further develop your links with key professionals as you carry out your third year research project. We have also launched a BSc Public Health and Health Promotion that incorporates a research project rather than work placement, giving you the opportunity to work closely with key professionals responsible for the public’s health in the Greater Manchester area.

To find out more about the subject of public health and how it relates to the world we live in, watch this video which has been created by the NHS. You can also follow our public health team @SalfordPH. You can read more about our work in Uganda here.

*If you wish to take part in the trip to Uganda you will need to pay a contribution of £200. The trip is only viable if there are five or more students. The exact trip or the country visited may vary each year. For those who do not take the trip a learning experience will be provided in Salford that meets the same learning outcomes.