2021/22 entry

BSc (Hons) Public Health

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full-time home tuition fee: £9,250 per annum
Full-time international tuition fee: £16,100 per annum
Placement year fee (home student): Not applicable

All figures are subject to annual increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

UCAS code: LL51

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 Clearing
Minimum UCAS points required: TBC

Limited places available. Use our Online Clearing Form to find your course or call our hotline: 08085 564 565.

About your course

BSc (Hons) Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University will help you develop the skills and knowledge to positively impact some of the biggest issues affecting individuals, communities and society today, from local trends to global pandemics. Learn through practical fieldwork, seminars and lectures.

  • The degree has a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding population-based health and ways of working to protect and promote health
  • Based in LJMU's Public Health Institute (PHI), which specialises in research on drugs, alcohol, violence, and sexual health
  • PHI is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention
  • 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
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus

See what our current students say about the course - watch this short film:

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"In the future, I would love to work as part of Public Health England or LJMU's Public Health Institute. I'm excited to play a part in keeping the public healthy. From teaching key study skills to having an entire module on career and professional development, LJMU has helped develop the skills I will need for employment."

Chloe Smith, final year student

Work-related learning

​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.

 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, alcohol and drugs, violence, nightlife and noise pollution, 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

Module Information

Programme Review
To ensure our course maintains its high standards and relevancy to the ever-changing public health sector, our team is currently working on a periodic review of the programme. This may lead to the alteration of modules as listed below, but we will contact all applicants and offer holders with details of any changes once the review is complete. 
The modules below are from the current version of the programme and will give you an idea of the type of topics that are likely to be covered on the course.

Level 4

  • Key Study Skills
  • Human Biology and Environmental Science
  • Understanding Populations
  • Introduction to Public Health Law and Policy
  • Public Health Concepts
  • Practical Skills for Public and Environmental Health

 

Level 5

  • Work Based Learning – Developing Public Health Skills
  • Health Protection
  • Research Methods for Public Health
  • Media and Public Health
  • Health Risk Behaviours, Determinants and Impacts
  • Epidemiology, Surveillance and Public Health Intelligence

 

Level 6

  • Dissertation
  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Health promotion
  • Health Inequalities
  • Making Public Health Happen

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.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and work-related 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 21 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.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise specified.

LJMU scholarships

Applications for all LJMU's scholarships are open to new full-time, Home undergraduate students that are liable to pay the full tuition fee. 

Scholarships are not income assessed; they are awarded to applicants who are academically outstanding or to applicants who have excelled in other ways or supported work in your local community. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2021/22 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £5,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2021/22 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

The information below relates to both UK students studying in 2021/22.

If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

In 2021/22 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

For more information on student finance, eligibility and loan repayments go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance if you normally live in England
www.studentfinancewales.co.uk if you normally live in Wales
www.studentfinanceni.co.uk if you normally live in Northern Ireland
www.SAAS.gov.uk if you normally live in Scotland

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £26,575* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £26,575).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

By the time you graduate, you will have developed a range of essential professional skills and an extensive public health knowledge base, putting you ahead of the game when it comes to securing a job.

By the time you graduate, you will have developed a range of essential professional skills and an extensive public health knowledge base, putting you ahead of the game when it comes to securing a job. 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: public health intelligence, community drugs education, health promotion, smoking cessation, nutrition advisor and housing support. 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).

​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). Alternatively, a career in Social Work could be open to you if you have the relevant experience.
 

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

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 – visit the International Study Centre.

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 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.

Tuition fee deposits

As an international student, unless you are exempt, you will need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  See further information on deposits and additional payments needed prior to enrolment. 

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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS to apply for a Student visa. 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 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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