BSc (Hons) Global Public Health

  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply
  • Work Placement Opportunity


UCAS Code:BB91
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 5 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the theories, policies and practice of public health in a globalised world;
  • Develop a range of transferable analytical skills to enhance your employability across public health, health surveillance, policy analysis and evaluation;
  • Apply and develop your knowledge and skills in a public health placement.

The mission of Public Health is to understand the causes of poor health and alleviate these through developing and implementing effective public policy. In the contemporary world, the speed of the global transmission of infectious diseases and the global spread of chronic diseases provide serious and urgent challenges for public health professionals. War, political change, economic failure, climate change and rising antimicrobial resistance can all contribute additional impacts on public health. This innovative degree allows you to explore these pressing issues while developing the fundamental skills required for work in the public health arena. Appealing to students with a global outlook and a passion for social change, this degree equips you with a range of theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to be a valuable addition to the global public health workforce.

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In Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 explores the history and development of global public health, including key conceptual thinking, the basics of health surveillance and epidemiology, the formulation, implementation and evaluation of health and social policies, differing welfare state regimes, and the role of non-governmental and supranational actors in global public health. You will be introduced to the wider determinants of health and inequalities in health, themes that run through the degree. In addition to this, you will be equipped with the academic skills required to succeed in higher education and begin to create a personal development portfolio.

Year 2 focuses more strongly on the development of particular knowledge and skills for public health, such as understanding and critically engaging with assessing health needs and assets, the promotion of health, research methods and the production of evidence, and implementing and evaluating public health interventions.  You will investigate how these play out across particular thematic areas (children and adolescents, nutrition, mental health, and ageing and chronic conditions) and in different social, cultural and geographical contexts.

Year 3 will increasingly focus your studies on preparing for future employment and/or postgraduate study. Undertaking a public health-focused work placement and reflecting on your career aspirations and personal development, you will also complete a dissertation investigating global public health issues or concepts that particularly interest you. Working in a team to engage with a problematic global public health issue, you will suggest solutions and consider the nature of interprofessional team-working and leadership. An optional module will enable you to study a topic of your choice in greater depth.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, field trips and work placement opportunities within the global and public health sectors.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of presentations, reflective essays, scenario-based assignments, case studies and primary research.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme team includes sociologists, psychologists, epidemiologists and individuals who are currently working, or have previously worked, in the global public health sector.

A variety of service users and carers will provide input to the programme curriculum. A number of expert guest lecturers will also contribute to the delivery of the degree to cover particular specialist themes.

A Great Study Environment

Three students sitting on a sofa, one using a laptop, while a fourth student stands behind and looks over their shoulders.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

The faculty is home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.


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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

HUG1130Foundations of Social Science for Public Health (20 credits)

Foundations of Social Science for Public Health introduces you to some of the key social science concepts and theoretical tools that are essential in understanding the relationships between health, illness, healthcare and society. You will explore concepts such as modernity/postmodernity, power, class, gender, culture, globalisation and embodiment and examine how these have been applied in health and public health research.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

HUG1131Introduction to Global Public Health (30 credits)

Introduction to Global Public Health addresses the challenges to maintaining and improving population health and reducing health inequalities in the 21st century. The focus will be on introducing you to some of the key concepts, measures, trends, theories and concerns of health and public health. You will be introduced to the history and development of public health as a discipline and practice, from its origins in the public hygiene movements of the 18th and 19th centuries through to contemporary concerns. The module will equip you with an understanding of the measures and trends of population health, of the wider determinants of health and health inequalities and how these relate to contemporary social, cultural, political and economic debates. You will engage with the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of global public health and questions of sustainability, be introduced to the range of approaches employed in improving and promoting public health and consider the appropriateness and effectiveness of these in different socio-cultural contexts.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG1132Mapping and Measuring Global Public Health (30 credits)

Mapping and Measuring Global Public Health equips you with an understanding of population measures of health, wellbeing, illness and disease. You will discover how these measures are used to describe patterns of health, illness and disease in different populations and across time and place. You will also enhance your awareness of how these patterns can inform an understanding of disease risk factors, infectious disease control and public health and social care policy. You will engage with basic demographic and epidemiological concepts and tools, such as population characteristics, incidence, prevalence, routine population data and population surveillance, mortality-imbalances from a variety of perspectives, checks to population growth in historical and contemporary perspectives, and epidemics and pandemics.

Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Written Exam(s): 25%.

HUG1133Social Policy, Welfare States and Public Health (20 credits)

Social Policy, Welfare States and Public Health enables you to understand and analyse the political, economic and social contexts within which health and social welfare provision have developed in different nation states. The module will explore the nature of social and welfare policies and their impacts on health, the emergence and development of different ‘welfare state regimes’ and how these impact on public health outcomes and inequalities. You will also examine the expansion and role of non-governmental and supranational bodies in health and social welfare policy processes and provision. Engaging with the complexities of the policy process, you will explore the legal, ethical, social, political and economic factors that shape the development and provision of services within different global settings and the range of policy actors that complete to influence these processes.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG1137Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills (20 credits)

Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills enables you to acquire key academic and professional skills in your journey to becoming an independent learner. Your academic skills will be enhanced to include note-taking, presentation skills, IT skills, reading of academic articles and the development of a personal portfolio. You will also have the opportunity to explore effective and ineffective communication strategies, self-awareness, resilience and transferable life skills such as time management, assertiveness, negotiation, active listening and problem solving.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

HUG2213Understanding Research (30 credits)

Understanding Research familiarises you with the nature and variety of research methods and data collection techniques, together with the need for an evidence base to guide the decision making process. You will evaluate qualitative and quantitative methods, examining the positive and negative aspects of both approaches in a comparative analysis. A key aspect of this module is the literature review. You will be shown how to develop a literature search strategy, how to find relevant literature using electronic databases and how to appraise the literature you find to identify key themes. Ethical considerations in relation to the development and undertaking of research will also be considered.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG2322Promoting Health and Reducing Health Inequalities (30 credits)

Promoting Health and Reducing Health Inequalities provides the opportunity for critical inquiry into the theories and principles related to the delivery of health promotion in a global context. The complex interplay of factors that affect the health of countries, such as disease, health care systems, government and international policies, the environment, culture, war and violence, and the economy will be discussed. You will be introduced to strategies that pertain to the global health promotion of individuals, communities and nations and address both physical and social heath determinants. The role of governmental and non-governmental organisations and agencies, as well as other global health bodies, will also be discussed.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

HUG2323Assessing Needs and Assets for Health (20 credits)

Assessing Needs and Assets for Health recognises that efforts to improve public health have often been based on a deficit model of health, which views both individuals and populations as having some deficit that was acting as a barrier to improving health. In contrast, some have argued for an approach that starts by examining the assets held by individuals and communities that act to bolster or support health. In this module, you will examine these different approaches and assess how they can be used for planning efforts to improve health and reduce tackling health inequalities at the local, national and international level. You will also gain an understanding of the main approaches to, and methodologies for, assessing health needs and assets and examine the planning, monitoring and evaluation of relevant programmes.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

You will select two of the following modules:

HUG2324Children, Young People and Population Health: A Life Course Approach (20 credits)

Children, Young People and Population Health: A Life Course Approach provides a conceptual framework to help you understand the contribution of child health to society. The module recognises that children and young people form a distinct group within the general population and have their own particular health and social characteristics and needs that vary according to age, developmental stage and a range of influencing factors. Through using and applying a life course approach to the identification, analysis and response to these factors from a public health perspective, you will gain transferable knowledge and skills in not only enhancing the health of the current population of children and young people but also the health of the future adult population. You will be introduced to constructs and definitions relating to childhood and adolescence which you will subsequently apply to theory and knowledge relating to public health. The aim is to use a range of data sources and literature including research, theory, law and policy to help you identify, justify, discuss and critically analyse relevant public health issues in the context of a life course approach.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG2325Ageing and Health in a Global Context (20 credits)

Ageing and Health in a Global Context provides you with theoretical, empirical and critical understandings of the implications of population ageing and rising life expectancy in populations across the world. With improvements in health across the globe, life expectancy has increased and many societies are demographically aging. Two interrelated public health challenges emerge out of this demographic shift. One focuses on social perceptions and understanding of ageing across societies and how these relate to the dominance of medical models of ageing and the construction of notions such as ‘healthy ageing’. The other focuses on the impacts of increasing levels of chronic illness and disability and increasing health inequalities in ageing populations. This module will evaluate a range of theoretical approaches to ageing, engage with the demographics of global ageing, health and inequalities, develop an  understanding of the complexities presented by an ageing population and discover the practices relating to health, care and welfare of older people in an ageing society.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG2326Nutrition for Global Public Health (20 credits)

Nutrition for Global Public Health explores the relationship between food, nutrition and health in order to address the complex health challenges of local and global populations. The relationship between health and nutrition status is multifaceted due to the wide range of complex global and national factors that influence dietary intake, such as the industrialisation of food production and the globalisation of food marketing and distribution. This module will provide you with the opportunity to study the wider determinants of nutrition status to help you apply an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to the control and prevention of dietary related disease.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG2327Global Public Mental Health (20 credits)

Global Public Mental Health introduces you to the concepts of global mental health and wellbeing across the life course. The module provides opportunities for you to explore the public health agenda and reflect on the influence of legislation, policy and guidance that may impact on mental health at a local, national and global level. You will enhance your knowledge surrounding mental health and disability, consider the global burden of mental health and the cultural, social and biological determinants of mental health. You will also explore the roles and responsibilities of individuals and wider society to improve access to mental health care and strive to achieve universal equity in public mental health.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

HUG3101Personal Career Development (20 credits)

Personal Career Development considers and critically reviews your workplace experience by evaluating the links between theory and practice, allowing you to identify and reflect on your own achievement and potential.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

HUG3145Analysing 'Wicked Issues' in Public Health (30 credits)

Analysing ‘Wicked Issues’ in Public Health focuses on socially complex policy issues that are difficult to define and have interdependencies and multiple causalities. They are also continually evolving, have no single (or clear) solution, can produce solutions that can generate negative or unintended consequences, are not the responsibility of a single agency and involve behaviour change. Additionally, many of these ‘wicked’ issues provoke intense, ideological debates about causes, consequences and ‘cures’. Many public health challenges could be described as wicked issues, including obesity, alcohol misuse, poor mental health, long-term unemployment and climate change. In this module you will explore the complex causes of these public health challenges. Using a case study approach, you will explore wicked issues as whole systems and learn how their potential solutions require societal approaches involving action at multiple levels from the individual to central government. You will learn how to define the nation’s health as a societal and economic issue and explore the importance of giving a high priority to the prevention of health problems.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG3242Contemporary Approaches to Multi-Agency Working in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

Contemporary Approaches to Multi-Agency Working in Health and Social Care will involve you in a critical examination of professions, professional identity and professional practice in the context of welfare, health and educational services for children, families and adults. You will  consider and critically analyse the meaning and development of such concepts as professionalism, team-working and collaboration utilising frameworks for ‘best practice’ in the context  of current policy related to public health initiatives in health and social care.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

HUG3100Dissertation (30 credits)

Dissertation focuses on the identification of an area of vocational interest or concern to be identified by yourself and agreed with your supervisor. You will engage in a structured review of the literature related to the specific area of study, apply critical analysis to the literature and make recommendations that could improve service provision.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG3240Primary Research Dissertation (30 credits)

Primary Research Dissertation focuses on the identification of an area of vocational interest or concern to be identified by yourself and agreed with your supervisor. You will engage in a structured review of existing literature and design and carry out a research project related to your specific area of study. You will apply critical analysis to the established literature as well as the findings from your proposed research and make recommendations that could improve service provision.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

HEA3065Negotiated Learning Shell (20 credits)

Negotiated Learning Shell offers an opportunity for you to study a topic or work related issue at degree level. It involves you identifying the chosen area for study, developing and negotiating a learning contract (which will outline the what, how, when, where and why of the study period), as well as the means of assessment to showcase the acquired learning.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG3125The Wider Determinants of Overweight and Obesity (20 credits)

The Wider Determinants of Overweight and Obesity will enable you to gain an insight into the issues relating to obesity and being overweight, closely associated with modern society and the wider determinants of health and well-being.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG3130Gender in Society (20 credits)

Gender in Society provides an insight into the historical and contemporary perspectives of gender in society. The module will examine the varying theories relating to feminism and paternalism and discuss how culture and the media influence our opinions. You will explore beliefs around the ‘traditional’ roles of men and women and discuss issues relevant to the raising of children, such as ‘gender toys’, colours, traditions and employment.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG3153Child and Adolescent Mental Health (20 credits)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health explores the key concepts that shape child and adolescent mental health issues and services. This will include an exploration of child and adolescent mental health from a psychological, sociological and policy perspective. A particular focus will be on child and adolescent mental health issues and services with reference to the current political and economic climate.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

HUG3258Innovation and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship enables you to gain an understanding of the key facets involved in working as an entrepreneur. The module explores the basics of business strategy, planning, marketing and communication. In addition, you will consider the current and future growth areas in entrepreneurial business, for example, sports nutrition, corporate wellness and writing for different audiences.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SPY3107Issues for Professional Practice (20 credits)

Issues for Professional Practice involves a critical examination of professions, professional identity and professional practice in the context of welfare, health and education services for children, families and adults. The module will provide you with the opportunity to consider and critically analyse the meaning and development of professionalisation, frameworks for ‘best practice’ and the implications of current policy and strategies for intervention. The module will enable you to critically engage with such ideas, concepts and issues as professional power, partnership, developmentalism, inter-professional and multi-agency working, in addition to anti-oppressive, reflective and ‘critical practice’. The aim is to provide opportunities for critical analysis of the links and relationships between theory and practice and to encourage the use of learning from previous experience and learning.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 104-112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BCC-BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

This degree provides you with the knowledge and expertise required to work in a variety of settings including health, education and social care.

You will graduate well placed to pursue a career as a public health practitioner, public health assistant, health improvement specialist, health promotion worker, health adviser, health improvement specialist, smoking cessation practitioner, sexual health adviser, community development worker, health educator or trainer, or wellbeing adviser.

The changing focus of the preventative aspects of health and social care means that there are potential roles within local authorities, charities and third sector organisations, as well as the NHS and national government, which are suitable for those with a public health background. Alternatively, you may decide to pursue work in international public health agencies or non-governmental organisations or progress onto postgraduate study and research.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible full-time UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

27th August 2019 - Sandwich Year Option Added

The programme now includes the option of a sandwich year.

13th August 2019 - Withdrawal of Module

HUG3154 Risk, Resilience and Resistance (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3.

23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

104-112 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

18th January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

There is no longer a requirement for at least five GCSEs at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent). However, GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 (or above) remains part of the entry criteria.

11th January 2019 - Withdrawal of Module

HUG3116 Leadership Styles and Management Process (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3.

11th January 2019 - Change of Modules

HUG1137 Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills (20 credits) replaces FDH1100 Essential Study Skills for Undergraduates (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 1.