|Study location||United Kingdom, City South Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each band)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Are you interested in a job in health or social care, but not sure you want to work in nursing or clinical settings? Our specially designed Health Studies degree will set you up to choose from a number of related careers.
This course will also appeal if you want to make an impact on issues affecting the health of the population, individuals and local communities – like poverty, pollution, poor housing, access to good quality, affordable food and health inequalities.
What’s covered in the course?
Our Health Studies degree will introduce you to a wide range of approaches to understanding and improving the health of populations, communities and individuals and help you to develop the skills to decide which approaches are most effective.
Our course will appeal to students who want to take a positive approach to promoting and supporting health.
For example, you will be learning about the five elements of health promotion set out in the World Health Organisation’s Ottawa Charter including:
Or the New Economics Foundation’s “Five Ways to Wellbeing” – these are five evidence-based characteristics that help people to stay well or cope with difficult circumstances including being physically active; social connections; and formal and informal giving (e.g. volunteering).
- Building healthy public policy (e.g. our students have analysed campaigns for tougher legislation on payday loan companies)
- Creating supportive environments (e.g. Birmingham City Council providing free cycling classes to encourage people to take up or increase their cycling)
- Reorienting health services from a focus on treatment of disease to preventing illness and promoting health.
- Developing personal skills (e.g. learning how to recruit and support mentors and community champions to encourage isolated young parents to get involved in local fitness classes, or to encourage homeless people to join a football league for people living in hostels).
- Strengthening community action (e.g. working with communities in Birmingham, to help local groups to develop skills and take action to change housing policy; improve their health; and strengthen their a sense of belonging and social connectedness(Rabiee, 2006).
You will gain the knowledge and practical skills to make an impact on the wide range of issues that affect the health of the population and change lives for the better. This is whether you see your future career in local authority public health services, the voluntary or private sectors or the NHS.
Examples of the variety of employment options awaiting you include:
- Public health practitioner
- Health promotion advisor
- Health trainer and training coordinator
- Community development and community outreach worker
- Health information officer
- Youth worker
- Drug and alcohol team and project worker
- Health researcher
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.