BSc (Hons) Public Health and Health Promotion (Top-up)

Course overview

The BSc (Hons) Public Health and Health Promotion is a top up degree programme, designed to help suitable candidates to develop their knowledge and skills to address key public health issues, including health inequalities, health enhancing strategies and community engagement. The course is delivered through a mix of taught and distance learning. The teaching materials will be mapped and developed in line with the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework (2013) to address the market needs and enhance the employability of graduates. During the course students will learn about contemporary public health challenges and consider development while undertaking a practice-based project. The course may be taken over one year (FT) or two years (PT) and is designed to be flexible for those in work, with self-directed elements and a distance learning module. It is ideally suited for those who have a Foundation Degree or a Diploma of HE in a relevant area such as nursing or health and social care who wish to broaden their career opportunities through an honours degree.

This course is offered only at Level 6. Students will take 3 core modules (2 modules of 30 credits and a practice-based project of 60 credits), making a total of 120 credits.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 1 Year
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: London Study Centre 
Course Level: 6
Awarding Body: London Metropolitan University

Modules Studied

  • Project-Based Research and Evaluation
  • Public Health and Health Promotion
  • Practice-Based Public Health and Health Promotion Project

Students with a relevant Diploma in HE e.g. Nursing or Health and Social Care or Foundation degree e.g. Public Health and Social Care, Health and Social Care.

Applicants should demonstrate their knowledge base and strong analytical abilities that are underpinned by academic skills. They should demonstrate high levels of organisation, motivation and IT skills necessary for independent learning. Nurses and practitioners from health and social care with substantial relevant work experience may be considered and are also encouraged to apply.

The course will use a variety of teaching and learning styles that includes traditional face-to-face and online distance learning. There is a variety of assessment tools employed through the course, supported by the general principle of mixed mode formative and summative assessments. These include: group presentations, practical reports and reviews, online discussions and essays. Transferable skills have been embedded in the learning outcomes of the course modules. It includes formative assessment, so that students can test and assess their own performance before handing in or presenting work. The BSc includes a practice-based project based on the student’s own area of practice.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Public Health and Health Promotion;
  • devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Public Health and Health Promotion;
  • describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Public Health and Health Promotion, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;
  • manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Public Health and Health Promotion);
  • apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;
  • critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem;
  • communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;
  • undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.
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