BSc Public Health / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

This is an online undergraduate course (BSc with Hons) based on our successful Master of Public Health course.

Our BSc in Public Health course is aimed at applicants from around the world who are interested in a career in public health, or are seeking new skills in this area. Contemporary public health practice requires practitioners to be adaptable and flexible, with a broad experience of a range of subject areas. The course can be taken both full-time and part-time.

This course will equip you with:

  • the skills and knowledge to apply to public health concerns at local, national and international level;
  • the ability to apply relevant theory and scientific principles to practical situations;
  • the capability of meeting core- competencies in public health.

Special features

Expert teaching

You will be taught by professionals working in the field of local, national and international public health. There is an emphasis on applying your learning to real life public health issues.

Flexible learning

All of the course content is delivered online, enabling you to fit study around other commitments.

Learn with students from around the world

You will be able to mix with students from a range of disciplines from all over the world, You could also present your work at the International Festival of Public Health.

Teaching and learning

All teaching is web-based, with a high degree of student-led learning through interactive exercises. The course materials will include links to external web resources such as reports, academic papers, other teaching materials and case studies.

You are encouraged to undertake independent learning based on the learning outcomes for each course unit. You will learn through active learning methods such as case scenarios and using a problem-based approach. Exercises will use real-world examples from appropriate settings, for example from public health practice, globally and nationally. You will also be encouraged to improve existing and develop new communication skills.

You will become able to put into practice what you learn, and there will be opportunities to interact with other students and tutors through dedicated discussion groups. Some units offer exercises based on group work through discussion boards. These exercises meet the skills-based learning objectives common to many public health curricula, such as planning and managing a project, and working as part of a team to deliver a project.

Each course unit will require 15 to 20 hours of study per week. Although you will work through these units independently, you will be guided in this, as online discussions and assignments are linked to particular dates and topics. A unit-specific calendar will be made available in the first week of all units.


We find that students greatly benefit from a formal induction to the course before they start studying, through an online induction unit. This will introduce you to all aspects of the course and is a good opportunity to meet staff and other students.

Study skills

A study skills course will introduce you to a range of skills and resources required for successful online learning. It includes topics on information searching, referencing and academic writing, and requires you to complete the Academic Malpractice Driving Test.

Coursework and assessment

Each course unit outline sets out our expectations for self-assessment and marked assessment. The assessment will be closely linked to the learning outcomes of each course unit.

Factual knowledge is assessed by self-assessment assignments/quizzes. The results of these self-assessments are purely for feedback purposes. Marked assignments will focus on the ability to synthesise and implement knowledge. There are no formal examinations, as most work is assessed by essay-type assignments. Please refer to individual course unit outlines for details.

We aim to offer the same quality of feedback across the course, although how we deliver this feedback will vary from unit to unit. More information will be available through Blackboard, our online learning platform. All feedback is designed to show how you can improve your work. Formative feedback will give you the opportunity to develop and improve. This is offered in several different ways, for example: 

  • feedback by tutors and fellow students on discussion boards; 
  • automated feedback from self-test or quizzes; 
  • peer review exercises; 
  • reflective exercises which provide sample answers.

These are not assessed and are therefore optional. However, you will be encouraged to take part and reflect on the feedback that you receive.

Course unit details

You will take five mandatory 20-credit units each year, with additional student selected components that will provide you with a local and global perspective of the art and science of public health. We have based the course on the pillars of public health practice, health promotion, health protection, healthcare public health and included global health examples.

You can tailor your learning through personalised plans and optional units. You will have access to a wide range of experts and postgraduate students. We offer additional optional non-credit bearing public health learning opportunities via our open access courses, seminars and an annual international conference.

Course content includes:

  • An introduction to public health
  • Evidence based practice
  • Health promotion
  • Health protection
  • Healthcare public health 
  • Global health

You will learn and present your work through a range of methods including research posters, literature reviews, and global health research, policy or practice project.

Course collaborators

We also run our online and blended learning Manchester MPH.


The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: