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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.8k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    The course looks at health, in the broadest sense, of communities and groups. It identifies and analyses the many different factors that impact on health. These range from individual and biological factors to social, political, environmental and global factors. The course will encourage you to think critically about the complex nature of improving health and provides you with research skills.

    At each level of the course there are work-based placement opportunities that allow you to put your learning into practice. Our placement supervisor supports you throughout the process, making sure that you are getting full value from the experience and reflecting on your learning.

    The knowledge and skills that you develop will prepare you for diverse range of careers in health care, public health, social care and the voluntary and community sectors.

    There are many job opportunities in addressing health inequalities and tackling the health-damaging effects of smoking, alcohol, drugs and poor nutrition. When it comes to selecting people for these important roles, the Public Health course is exactly the sort of relevant qualification that potential employers will be looking for.

    This course was previously known as BSc (Hons) Community and Public Health.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
    • GBP 7800 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules on this course include: Year 1 (national level 4)
    • Community Perspectives on Health (20 Credits)
    • The Politics of Health (20 Credits)
    • Work-based Practice (20 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Social Sciences (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Research (20 Credits)
    • Determinants of Health (20 Credits)
    Year 2 (national level 5)
    • Research Methods in Health (20 Credits)
    • Social Exclusion (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Epidemiology (20 credits)

    Optional modules (choose 4):

    • Health Improvement (20 Credits)
    • Drug and Alcohol Issues in Health (20 Credits)
    • Contemporary Issues in Health (20 Credits)
    • Work-based Partnerships (20 Credits)
    Final Year (national level 6)
    • Law and Ethics (20 Credits)
    • Critical Issues in Health (20 Credits)
    • Dissertation (40 Credits)

    Optional modules (choose 2):

    • Global Issues in Health (20 Credits)
    • Building Healthy Communities (20 Credits)
    • Public Mental Health (20 credits)
    • Placement (20 Credits)

    Please note: some modules contain a placement element, so you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at the start of the course.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    A typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).

    We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

    We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language; or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

    If you have already covered one or more of the topics covered by the course, and would like to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL), please contact the course leader.

    Other acceptable qualifications

    BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

    Access Courses: We would require successful completion of a Quality Assurance

    Agency for Higher Education Access programme and that you would have a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or have obtained the equivalent as part of your course.

    Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.


    Scholarships on offer include cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.

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