University of East London

BSc (Hons) Public Health

Our public health degree is an interdisciplinary programme, which broadens students’ horizons to explore health needs and the links between theory and practice in relation to the concepts and principles of public health.

A degree in public health is one that will equip you with skills and knowledge to improve and protect public health and the well-being of individuals, communities and populations. You will focus on how to tackle major health challenges and reduce inequalities at global, national and local levels. This degree aims to boost your chances of employability in the field of epidemiology, statistical analysis, public health training, public and social care, community health, and health care services.

You will be encouraged to take on a work placement so you can gain professional and practical skills through working with a local authority, social entity or an NGO. Working on one aspect of public health would help you contribute in improving healthcare service delivery, empowering people in building a healthy lifestyle and influencing health policy reform in London and beyond.

Entry Requirements


112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

English Language requirements

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

As the need for projects to deliver good health globally becomes ever more urgent, the more clearly we see that public health is not just everybody's business - it's a growth business, too. That's why it needs graduates as well schooled as you will be in these crucial issues.

Employment opportunities abound. Our graduates have gone on to work for employers including Public Health England, local authorities, national government and the civil service, the NHS, charities and social enterprises.

They've become public health educators or specialists. They've worked in voluntary organisations in the UK and abroad, or advised on policy, or gone on to study epidemiology. Others go into further research. Anything is possible.

Ultimately, your success may depend on how resourceful, enterprising and self-starting you are. 

Course Details

"We've just revalidated our course and now the focus is much more on doing things," explains Course Leader Paul Watts. "So we've trimmed down modules which previously had a lot of theory and it's now a much more practical course."

We'll start in your first year by giving you a thorough understanding of health and healthcare in the UK. You'll study epidemiology, the cornerstone of public health. It's the science that studies the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in populations.

In your second year, you'll take a practical module where you'll use our computer labs to access and analyse health data before presenting an epidemiological report on it. That skill of interpreting data is in short supply in the UK and is in hot demand.

You'll choose your own final-year project. It could be anything from the evaluation of a public health programme to a focus-group study analysing an important local health issue.

Year 1

Promoting Health Together
Foundations of Public Health
Professional Development (Mental Wealth)
Anthropology of Health
Evidence based Public Health
Statistics for Public Health

Year 2

Public Health: Policy and Systems
Contemporary public Health challenges
Epidemiology and Population Health
Research Methods
Health Protection and Sustainability
Co-production of Community Health (Mental Wealth)

Year 3

Intro to Health Economics and Finance
Applied Public Health
Leadership and Professional Practice (Mental Wealth)
Public Health Ethics and Law

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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