Health Studies

BSc single honours Health Studies 2016/17

BSc (Hons) Health Studies (single or combined degree)
BSc (Hons) Health Promotion (single degree)
BSc (Hons) Public Health (single degree)

With the reported growing cost of the National Health Service, it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford to continue to treat the sick at current levels. The solution lies in preventing people from becoming ill and promoting their health and well-being. This is why the Government is supporting the expansion of public health and health promotion, and wanting graduates to have a good understanding of the range of issues that cause ill health, and know how to improve people’s health. The Health Studies programmes aim to meet this requirement.

The programmes help students to learn about how to prevent people from becoming ill, and how to promote people’s health and wellbeing. This means understanding that health is influenced by mental, emotional, social, physical, spiritual, political and environmental factors.

Initially, students undertaking any of the single honours programmes study the biological, lifestyle, social and environmental factors that contribute to coronary heart disease, cancer, poor mental health, obesity, social exclusion and unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking and drug misuse in Britain. This learning is complemented by using case studies to understand people’s personal experiences of health or ill-health, and exploring ways of communicating about health.

Year 1 modules focus on introducing the Psychosocial Aspects of Health, Major Health and Lifestyle Issues, Social Context of Health, Environment and Health, and Communicating Health Information.

Year 2 modules emphasise theoretical understanding and examine research, Inequalities in Health, Health Psychology, Health Promotion and Health Protection.

In Year 3, all students complete a compulsory dissertation. Modules offered in Year 3 are subject to student numbers, and might include: Public Health Nutrition, Health Education and Children, Epidemiology, Global Health, Sex and Relationships, Education and Physical Activity and Health.

For the combined honours programme a selection of the modules above are offered for each year of study.

The Health Studies programmes aim to develop a variety of skills and attributes that a wide variety of employers, both in the private and public sectors, are looking for. However, Health Studies is particularly suitable for careers in the health, social, leisure and education spheres. The degrees in Health Promotion and Public Health provide suitable entry qualifications which will contribute to becoming a registered health promotion or public health practitioner.

Health Studies, Health Promotion or Public Health is normally accepted as an appropriate degree for entry to postgraduate primary teaching, the National Health Service, graduate-entry health professional and social work programmes and community development work.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Knowledge and understanding is acquired through lectures, discussion groups, group work, case studies, self-directed learning, tutorials, visits and seminars.

Graduate skills are developed through:

  • the teaching, learning and assessment strategies throughout the programme
  • the Level 4 module Academic Development
  • the maintenance of students’ progress files
  • support from tutors

Assessment of knowledge and understanding is through exams, essays, presentations, project work and production of resources.

Assessment of cognitive and subject specific skills is through exams, essays, presentations, project work and production of resources.

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UCAS code

  • B900 Health Studies
  • BL95 Health Promotion
  • BL9M Public Health


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements



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