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The foundation year offers an alternative route to a career in public health, allowing you to develop the skills you need to become a public health professional.

Our Public Health and Health Promotion with Foundation Year course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The World Health Organization and governments around the world are supporting the expansion of health promotion and public health. This is a growing and important area to be in.

You will study the mental, emotional, social, physical, spiritual, political and environmental influences on health and how currently the government aims to address these.

Why study Public Health and Health Promotion?

Our team at Canterbury Christ Church University has over 30 years’ experience of developing courses, teaching, academic leadership and research in the field of public health and health promotion. We are proud to have been one of the first universities to teach these subjects to undergraduate students.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 32 UCAS Tariff points.

Candidates without formal qualifications will be considered following an interview and should demonstrate an interest in health studies.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

Our Public Health and Health Promotion degree is about the theory and practice of preventing disease and promoting good health and wellbeing.

You will study the mental, emotional, social, physical, spiritual, political and environmental influences on people’s health. You will learn about how to improve health through education; communication; and social, psychological, environmental, economic and political change.

You will explore areas including:

  • lifestyles, social and environmental health
  • health promotion and protection
  • physical activity, nutrition, and sexual health
  • international health
  • working in public health.

The degree will give you a sound understanding of the general principles that underpin all health promotion and public health practice across the world, and in year four it allows you to specialise in topics of particular interest, such as physical activity, alcohol and drugs, sex and relationships, public health nutrition and mental health.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

The Public Health and Health Promotion programme includes a wide range of teaching and learning strategies. These strategies are designed to encourage you to develop as independent learners as you progress through the three years. Individual strategies will be appropriately chosen, bearing in mind factors such as the numbers of students undertaking a module, and the specific content of the module. Most modules emphasise active learning in order to develop the qualities, knowledge and skills outlined in the course aims. Some modules will include organised visits. The course is supported by University’s virtual learning environment.

Most modules on the courses consist of 50 hours contact (teaching) time supported by 150 hours of independent learning. Extensive reading lists are given for each module and students will be navigated through the learning material with a structured lecture and seminar schedule.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

We are committed to equipping you with the knowledge and skills required to work within the public health workforce both in the UK and internationally.

Tristi BrownettProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

The assessment methods aim to provide a wide range of possible methods for students to demonstrate and enhance their abilities and Graduate Attributes. Each module generally has one or two assessments from the following range: essays (includes reflective essays, case study essays, or essays that review or critique research), individual presentations, research reports, literature reviews, projects, seen and unseen examinations (usually 2 hours) and portfolios.

For each 20 credit module, there will be 200 hours of learning time and the assessments are usually weighted at 4,000 words or equivalent.

Your future career

The degree provides suitable entry qualifications which will contribute to becoming a registered health promotion or public health practitioner. It also opens up routes into teaching, through PGCE, and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. The course is normally accepted for graduate entry into health professional and social work programmes of study.

Typical areas of employment that you can enter after completing this degree are:

  • Commissioning public health services
  • Public health intelligence and surveillance
  • Health trainer
  • Project management: bid writing, community engagement and empowerment
  • Health policy and electoral reform
  • Health research
  • Communicating health information through social marketing and health-related media
  • Health services improvement and administration
  • Criminal justice system work in prisons and probation
  • Housing support, welfare and citizen’s advice
  • International development and global health: education programmes, tackling poverty, human rights
  • Charity work: fundraising, improving life-chances for vulnerable people and those with disabilities Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Undertake further study to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Improving healthy lifestyles (e.g. physical activity, sexual health, smoking cessation, drugs and alcohol, weight management)
  • Town planning, urban development and regeneration, healthy places
  • Health protection, health improvement, environmental health, health and safety officer, risk management, emergency planning
  • Occupational health – workplace health and wellbeing, human resources
  • Coaching, mentoring, counselling, supporting people with mental health issues, youth support work Leisure industry
  • Food sustainability, pollution reduction, climate change
  • Teaching and the wider education sector
  • Civil service


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000
Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 / £1,850 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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