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

    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.

    Experienced lecturers will help you to learn through a blend of interactive activities, lectures, small group discussions, one-to-one tutorials, online resources, and peer support. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your personal strengths and values in a supportive environment that will assist you in planning your future study and preparing for a health-related career.

      All about the course

      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.

      The course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of public health and policies that apply to England. However, there are many opportunities, particularly in class discussions and assessments, where international students can show how a principal applies to a health concern in their own country, and in Year 3 we offer an international Global Health module.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      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 BrownettCourse 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, health and safety and 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 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500
      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 / £14,500 / £1,850 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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