If you're passionate about helping to promote and protect people's health, our degree course is for you. You’ll have opportunities to develop practical and professional skills, engage with employers, interpret and report upon data, and get hands-on experience with a work placement. Public health covers three key areas: Health Improvement: Involves work to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities by promoting health lifestyle changes e.g. helping people to quit smoking, improving their living conditions, or promoting healthy eating, but also tackling underlying issues like poverty and reduced access to healthcare. Health Protection: Involves ensuring the safety and quality of the environment, food and water, preventing the spread of communicable disease, and managing outbreaks e.g. pandemic flu, or addressing the health effects of climate change in the UK or abroad. Healthcare: Helping to ensure that health and care services are fit-for-purpose and accessible by all sectors of the population. Health inequality means that we don’t all start with the same chance in life. The need to recognise public health needs has never been so important. The diverse nature of public health means that no day is the same. From interviewing students about drug and alcohol addiction or 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. You’ll gain the practical skills needed in real situations, from taking part in simulated scenarios and community based research to creating reports, presentations and demonstrations to present to panels and judges. We’ll support you to develop confidence and effectiveness needed when working in collaborative groups. Back in the classroom you’ll gain research and analytical skills to be able to interpret data and understand how to create solutions and reports from these. From developing technologies and health trends to your social media presence and campaigning, we monitor and change with the landscape, so your degree is always relevant. When you graduate you’ll be equipped to use evidence to help plan and implement health solutions for individuals and communities and to develop effective health policies. You’ll also be aware of important issues like health inequalities and social justice, be familiar with useful health needs assessment and data analysis tools, and have developed effective communication skills. We’ve worked with public health stakeholders, including Public Health England, the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) and Health Education England to create our course, and our teaching staff are part of international networks which inform everything we do. You’ll constantly consider your career; engaging with public health occupational frameworks and demonstrating a range of UKPHR standards. This will be supported by the work placement you undertake and the portfolio that you’ll create from day one and take right through to interviews and registration.