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BSc (Hons) Public Health

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Introduction to our BSc in Public Health

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Studying Public Health at ARU

Learn to promote people's health and wellbeing, with our BSc Public Health degree. Study in Chelmsford and get hands-on experience with community placements. You’ll learn to research, analyse, report, plan and implement measures for health improvement, health protection and healthcare.

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Study at an award-winning university

We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Health inequality means that we don’t all start with the same chance in life. The need to recognise public health issues has never been so important.

From interviewing students about drug and alcohol addiction, to creating a campaign about exercise and nutrition in a poor area of the UK, to writing a report to inform a government about a rare disease in a developing country – the diverse nature of public health means that no two days are the same.

It’s a sector that’s brimming with career opportunities.

Course options

Course options

You have the option to study this course over four years, with a foundation year in Year 1. In Year 1, you can study in Cambridge or Chelmsford. In Years 2-4, you'll study at ARU in Chelmsford.

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Opportunities with Public Health

Studying our Foundation Year will give you a solid base for your study of Public Health or you could choose to apply for interview for our Nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health) or Operating Department degrees, and if successful join the Year 1 of the degree.

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What is public health?

A child dies every three seconds from infectious disease - public health interventions can prevent this by promoting things like breastfeeding, immunisation, antibiotics, access to safe water or basic sanitation. Public health programmes work to improve the health and well-being of communities by identifying the risks that affect people in different places at different stages of life and finding the best ways to minimise them. Here's more about what public health professionals do.


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Practical experience

As a Public Health student at ARU you’ll benefit from:

  • taking part in simulated healthcare scenarios
  • carrying out research in the community to support your learning
  • studying an up-to-date, relevant course that’s been designed in collaboration with public health bodies
  • a community experience module.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • make use of learning facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from staff who are active in public health research
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more
  • get involved with local causes through our volunteering scheme

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UK Public Health Register

Our Public Health degree aligns with the UKPHR practitioner competencies ensuring that through a combination of employment focussed content, work placements and lectures, our programme will help you prepare for UKPHR registration.

Careers - What can you do with a BSc Public Health degree?

Public health has never been more important, relevant and wide-ranging, and there’s a host of career paths to follow.

You might like to work as a public health practitioner, youth worker, drug and alcohol worker, public health information officer or analyst, health improvement practitioner, health protection practitioner, sexual health advisor, smoking cessation co-ordinator, community development or outreach worker, or health communications officer. You could even go into health-related research.

While studying at ARU, you’ll gain skills and knowledge that will be relevant in local government, the NHS, education, consultancy, the not-for-profit sector, and international agencies like the World Health Organization or UNICEF.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as MSc Public Health and Community Wellbeing or MSc Global Public Health. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers including Public Health England, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

Apply now for BSc (Hons) Public Health

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Life in Chelmsford

Chelmsford has something for everyone, and our green, modern campus is just ten minutes from the city centre.

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