- Price: £12,000
- Level: Degree
- Category: Health/ Medicine
- Awarded by: Birmingham City University
Are you interested in a job in health or social care, but don’t want to work in nursing or a clinical setting? Our specially designed Health Studies degree will set you up to choose from a number of related careers such as Healthy Lifestyles Officer or a Community Cohesion Researcher.
This course will also appeal if you want to make an impact on issues affecting the health of the population, individuals and local communities – like poverty, pollution, poor housing, access to good quality, affordable food and health inequalities.
Why Choose Us?
- Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 90 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.
- We work in strong partnership with local councils, the NHS, Public Health England and voluntary organisations, which means you can benefit from building relationships with these institutions throughout your degree so that you leave with plenty of experience and employability skills
- You will have the opportunity to study abroad to help extend your skills and experience (last year we sent some students to Taiwan, and they found it invaluable).
- Real-life experience – you will be actively involved in tackling real-life issues all the way throughout your degree, seamlessly merging theory with practice
- Study at our £41 million City South campus that is complete with state-of-the-art facilities and learning environments to make sure you get the most out of your time here
- Excellent experience and placement opportunities available – previous students have been involved in shaping the Birmingham Charter for Health, providing students with practical experience to help boost employability
- Strong links with the UK Public Health Register – the regulatory body for public health professionals and the West Midlands for public health professionals
- Complete support throughout your degree and beyond from our practitioners who have first-hand experience working in local councils, the NHS, international public health settings, the media, voluntary organisations, community and housing settings. Our team also has expertise in health psychology, health economics, health policy, health protection and leadership and management in service improvement
Our students consistently praise the supportive learning environment and the supportive atmosphere here. We’ll do our best to make sure you get the very best from your whole experience and are ready to step into a wide range of the satisfying health careers out there.
Enhancing your employability skills
You will gain the knowledge and practical skills to make an impact on the wide range of issues that affect the health of the population and change lives for the better. This is whether you see your future career in local authority public health services, the voluntary or private sectors or the NHS.
Examples of the variety of employment options awaiting you include:
- Public health practitioner
- Health promotion advisor
- Health trainer and training coordinator
- Community development and community outreach worker
- Health information officer
- Youth worker
- Drug and alcohol team and project worker
- Health researcher
Upon graduating you will have made an excellent start towards demonstrating your competence as a Public Health Practitioner. In your degree (or modules) you will have been assessed in your knowledge of all of the National Standards, you will understand the portfolio process and you will have demonstrated your practical application of a number of the technical competencies in your placement. You will have made a tremendous start towards entering onto the UK Public Health Register.
Our students take part in our annual ‘Meet the Employers’ event, organised by the University’s careers team, where a panel of employers working in health-related fields are available to answer students’ questions about health careers. One of these is ‘The Challenge’ which recruits students with experience in health studies to undertake paid summer placements working with young people with a range of needs to mentor them and support them to develop community projects.
Entry Requirement: Year 12 equivalent
Course Duration: 3 years