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Public Health: A course that counts

Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well-being

Why study Public Health at Sunderland? Commended in the National Student Survey (2012), studying Public Health at the University of Sunderland will see you learn from a dedicated and passionate teaching team. You will benefit from: • Seminars with expert speakers in the public health field • Learn in a central campus that features state-of-the-art technology • Lecturers who continue to work in public health so you can learn from their up-to-date knowledge and practice.

100% of Public Health students are satisfied with the overall quality of the course at Sunderland.” National Student Surveys 2012 and 2013


Public Health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society – including public and private organisations, communities and individuals.


BSc (Hons) Public Health UCAS Code: B910 This exciting course gives you the opportunity to study the most important public health and community issues facing our society today.

legislation are creating new challenges in the provision of public health and social care, health improvement and disease prevention. On this course, you will learn about the concept of working ‘upstream’ to promote and improve health in communities. The aim of Public Health is to prevent disease, prolong life and promote health through the organised efforts of society – including public and private organisations, communities and individuals. It is a growing area of study and challenges us to improve the health and well-being of people in local communities. Our course has recently been extensively updated to reflect these key factors and how they impact on communities across the globe.

You will explore the policy and practice implications for health in the 21st century, from the health effects of climate change, to the role of private provision in health and health inequalities. This knowledge will enable you to focus on linking theory with practical skills and experience. You will also gain a firm grounding in both critical analysis and research skills, in addition to broadening your knowledge of both national and global health issues. Fundamental changes in government

What you will study? HEALTH IMPROVEMENT


Contemporary Social Issues in Exclusion Health

Global Issues Building in Health Healthy Communities

Law and Ethics

Public Mental Health



The Politics of Fundamentals Introduction Worked Health of Social to Research Based Sciences Practice

Drug and Epidemiology Health Improvement Alcohol Issues in Health

Bold Blue = core modules


Community Perspectives on Health


Level Level22

Determinants of Health


Level Level3 3

Level 1


Research Methods in Health

Critical Issues Dissertation in Health

Work Based Partnership


The staff and facilities, as well as the teaching standards, are what make the University of Sunderland a fantastic place to broaden your career prospects. The time I have here may be short, but the knowledge and wisdom I have gained will stay with me forever.� Paula Ros, BSc (Hons) Public Health


Teaching and Assessment We design our learning strategies to be varied and flexible, and use a variety of different delivery methods that take account of different learning styles, while encouraging active student participation. These include student discussion groups, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions, use of student group learning, student directed learning and e-learning. You will be assessed using a number of different methods, including written coursework, projects, portfolios, poster and oral presentations, time constrained tests and open and closed book examinations.

Worked Based Visits and Placement Opportunities In level 1 you will be required to undertake work based visits as part of the Work Based Practice module and in levels 2 and 3 there are optional placement modules. These placements can prove beneficial in terms of developing your employment opportunities. You will be supported by a placement supervisor and there are a number of choices when it comes to placement opportunities, for example, health and social care settings, public health teams, drug and alcohol services, children’s centres, leisure centres and voluntary sector organisations. As part of the Work Based Partnerships module (level 2), you will take part in a 20-30 hour placement where partnership working is identified within the context of Public Health. The level 3 placement will see you spend 80100 hours within an agency or organisation that aims to support people within a health context. This placement will help you to put the skills and knowledge learned throughout your degree programme into practical use.


Careers This course will prepare you for employment in a wide range of settings, including health care, public health, social care and the voluntary and community sectors. You will also find employment opportunities in areas that address the wider determinants of health, such as education, housing, transport and the environment, through developing public health approaches to addressing health, working with marginalised communities and health development and health promotion roles. Multi-agency partnerships will continue to create opportunities, in line with government initiatives, to improve health through addressing health inequalities and tackling the damaging effects of smoking, alcohol, drugs or poor nutrition. Stephanie Ogilvie, a University of Sunderland graduate recently moved into the role of Drug and Alcohol Engagement and Retention Key Worker at Turning Point. Turning Point is a national health and care provider helping people to tackle substance misuse, mental health issues, learning disabilities and employment difficulties with the goal of aiding people to achieve positive outcomes.

The Public Health degree was very varied. The course was interesting and the lecturers were supportive, and as a result, I quickly knew that I wanted to work in the drug and alcohol field.� Stephanie Ogilvie, BSc (Hons) Public Health Graduate


Entry Requirements For full information on all our entry requirements, visit and search using the UCAS course code – B910.

Further Information Marketing and Recruitment The David Goldman Informatics Centre The Sir Tom Cowie Campus St Peter’s Way Sunderland SR6 0DD t: 0191 515 2731 e: w: Applications for entry must be submitted through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). For further details go to When completing your UCAS form please use the following code for the University of Sunderland – S84.

University of Sunderland Public Health Brochure 2014  
University of Sunderland Public Health Brochure 2014  

A brochure for the Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well-being at the University of Sunderland.