Taught course

Public Health

Birmingham City University · Faculty of Health

Entry requirements

UK students. Essential: An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a subject associated with or of relevance to public health. Current or recent experience of working in a public health or health promotion role or capacity. (This may be as your main role or as an aspect of your role. It may also be in a paid or voluntary capacity and as a professional or non-professional). International students should additionally have an English Language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or above). Applicants without a first degree but with professional qualifications and relevant work experience will be considered for the course on an individual basis.
International students. Essential: A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. If you do not currently have a score of 6.5, our Personal Development Department will be able to help. We offer a programme that may be suitable.
Useful information: All applicants are asked to supply a personal statement identifying their experience and/or knowledge and understanding of public health together with their reasons for application to the programme. In addition an academic reference should be supplied preferably from an academic who has taught you in the last few years. If this is not possible, a professional reference is required. Students may be asked to an informal interview, depending on their application information. We normally operate a cut-off date for applications of the end of August. However, late applications may be considered, if places are still available.

Months of entry


Course content

Public health research and practice is at the heart of tackling many of the world’s current threats to health. Climate change and pollution are set to interact with the social determinants of health to produce worse health outcomes for the most vulnerable. The solutions for these problems are likely to have public health at the core. Public health practitioners are therefore necessary and well-poised to take a central role in challenging these health problems on personal, local and global fronts.
We support you to address these complex problems by getting to grips with the evidence base, inviting relevant visiting lecturers, and tailoring our learning to interdisciplinary problem solving.
By developing an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of health issues and public health practice, you will be able to integrate thinking and practice across many disciplines in order to work to improve or protect the populations’ health and to reduce health inequalities. Public health knowledge, skills and approaches encourage teamwork, multi-agency collaboration and community partnerships as being fundamental to the provision of effective and efficient public health interventions and leadership. These skills are increasingly relevant for the public health workforce who may be located within a variety of settings including the local authority, the NHS, the voluntary or the private sector.

Information for international students

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required.
If you do not currently have a score of 6.5, our Personal Development Department will be able to help. We offer a programme that may be suitable.

Fees and funding

UK students
£656 per module
International students

Employer/self or sponsor.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team
+44 (0)121 331 5595