Public Health BSc

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Public Health

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 112 UCAS Points

UCAS code: LL51

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Public Health course at Liverpool John Moores University offers you a degree that can enable you to help make a difference to people’s lives. This degree is ideal for those who want to make a positive impact in dealing with issues that affect individuals, communities and society.

  • Based in the Public Health Institute at LJMU, with research expertise and specialism in a range of areas including drugs, alcohol, violence, and sexual health
  • Opportunities for work related learning in organisations involved in public health and links with stakeholders in local health and community organisations
  • Wide variety of career destinations for public health graduates
  • Opportunities for study abroad, for example with our partners at Southern Connecticut State University
  • Adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding population based health and ways of working to protect and promote health

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

​At Level 5, you have the chance to experience what it’s really like to work in public health by undertaking a project within a local authority, private or voluntary sector organisation. This will help you to develop your professional skills as well as your knowledge base, and will add real value to your CV.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

You will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets. You will have scheduled one-to-one meetings with your tutor, but they can be approached at any time should you need additional support.

Course details

Public Health is vital to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the population. It is a fascinating and rewarding area to study and work in and LJMU allows you to explore this topic in depth.

  “Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll”; This course will equip the modern public health practitioner with the skills and knowledge to tackle these, and other, important public health issues which are becoming increasingly more relevant and visible to both government and the general population.

The structure of this course is guided by the Institute’s expertise, covering diverse topics such as sexual health (sex), alcohol and drugs (drugs), violence, nightlife and noise pollution (rock ‘n’ roll), alongside teaching and learning of core public health skills and knowledge, informed by the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework. You will cover all the different areas of activity within public health: technical, contextual and delivery. You will learn these through focussing on core domains of public health: surveillance and assessment of the population’s health, assessing the effectiveness of health interventions, policy and strategy development, and leadership and collaborative working to improve population health and wellbeing.

The programme will also allow exploration of key concepts and tools of public health such as health inequalities, global health, health promotion, health protection, epidemiology and public health intelligence.  You will study the social determinants of health (the conditions in which people are born, grow, work and age), which can lead to avoidable differences in quality of life and persisting health inequity.  You will gain practical experience in the design and delivery of public health, acquiring an appreciation of the policy and practice landscape that public health works within. 

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Key study skills
  • Introduction to Health
  • Public Health Concepts
  • Human Biology and Environmental Science
  • Understanding Populations
  • Introduction to Public Health Law and Policy

Level 5

  • Health Promotion
  • Health Protection
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Work Based Learning: Developing public health skills
  • Epidemiology
  • Surveillance / Public Health Intelligence

Level 6

  •  Globalization and Health
  • Media in Public Health
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Health Inequalities
  • Making Public Health Happen
  • Dissertation

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Throughout your degree you will have choice in many of your modules and assessments to focus on a specific public health area of interest to gain in depth knowledge of a specific area, or to choose a variety of public health topics to gain a breadth of knowledge of contemporary public health issues. 

In your third year you will have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project which gives you a chance to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained in the first and second years. 

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

​Your lecturers and tutors have professional expertise in the fields of public health.  Teaching is informed by the latest research findings and developments in the field, plus there are many opportunities for you to interact with other public health specialists across the course of your studies and during field trips and placements.

Assessment and feedback

We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are being assessed, which is why we offer a variety of assessment methods.

These include exams, as well as coursework in the form of essays, reports, posters, critiques of a paper or media item, peer presentations or small-group work to devise a public health strategy. There will be a work-based placement in Level 5 of your degree and a dissertation in Level 6 which both require extensive independent study.

​Your marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. That’s because we believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112 UCAS Points

Application and selection

​We shortlist applicants based on current qualifications, predicted grades, references and personal statement. We are looking for applicants who are interested in creating a fairer and healthier world. We are also looking for applicants who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want applicants with the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively and confidently
  • Understand and discriminate between ideas and methods in the field of public health
  • Evaluate new ideas and add them to their existing knowledge when they judge them to be sound
  • Appraise knowledge and suggest possible solutions to a range of problems
  • Take responsibility for organising and delivering their own work, for developing as an independent learner, and planning their own career pathways.


For deferral options please contact the Faculty Admissions Team on 0151 231 5829  or email health@ljmu.ac.uk

GCSE and equivalents

  • GCSE English Language and Maths. Level 2 equivalents will be accepted.

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: Not applicable
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Not acceptable
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: Not applicable

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Yes

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Yes

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Yes

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Yes
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required

IELTS

6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

By the time you graduate, you will have developed a range of essential professional skills and an extensive knowledge base, putting you ahead of the game when it comes to securing a job. In addition this programme includes all elements of the World of Work scheme within the curriculum.

You can expect to be able to forge a successful career in public health or a number of related fields including but not limited to health visiting, public health analysis, community drugs education, health promotion, safety officer, smoking cessation, nutrition advisor. Your career may focus upon a particular area of public health or may be much broader in its nature. There are a wide range of options available to you after graduation and we would expect graduates to find roles in local authorities; national government agencies; within the voluntary sector (both in the UK and internationally); or even in academia.

After graduation you may decide to continue with your studies and LJMU also offers a number of MSc programmes in public health (MSc Public Health; MSc International Public Health, MSc Public Health (Addictions)) that may be accessed via your BSc.

Professional accreditation / links

​The Public Health Institute has expertise in a range of public health areas such as: drugs, alcohol; violence and sexual health. As such it has an extensive range of links with organisations both internationally and in the UK – for example the Institute is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention. By being located within the Public Health Institute at LJMU, the course benefits from these links with organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors and provides a wealth of expertise at your fingertips.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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