BSc Public Health (on campus) / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

The lecturers and other students are so supportive.

Everyone has knowledge and experiences to bring.

Ayeesha Roberts / Master of Public Health

Why study public health?

The area of public health is a growing and important area and a career in this sector provides you with the chance to really make a difference to people's lives and wellbeing.

Our course

In choosing Manchester you can be confident you are receiving the most up-to-date knowledge in public health. You will be taught by experts in the field that bring the latest developments in the sector to your course, and you will use of the world-class learning facilities on campus.

You will be prepared for a career in public health that offers a range of local and global opportunities. You will also develop a range of transferable skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

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.

Our BSc Public Health students will have access to our paid PPD (personal professional development) courses for free. These include summer schools and CPD courses. This access enables you to further develop your skills and knowledge above and beyond the scope of your degree.

Special features


You will receive an individual student support package, which includes regular meetings with your personal academic advisor throughout the course.

Become an employable graduate

Our graduates are highly employable. We are the most targeted university by the UK s top 100 graduate recruiters (The Graduate Market 2022).

There is also plenty of opportunity to ensure you graduate with a unique set of skills and experience by taking part in our Public Health Professional Development programme. Through this you could attend a range of events including the Geneva Winter School, international festivals and summer schools, and undertake CPD courses and seminars.  

Manchester Experience

You will be welcomed to our Russell Group university, and all the city of Manchester has to offer.

On-campus interactions are important to support the building of academic communities for staff and students, creating a sense of belonging with the University, and the forming of lifelong friendships.

In addition to our expert teaching staff, you'll have access to a huge range of print and digital resources to guide you as you learn. We have one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

Our campus is not just a place of life-changing study and revolutionary academic discoveries, it's one of inspirational spaces, hidden gems and world-famous culture. It's friendly, self-contained and brings together a multicultural community of more than 40,000 students from 177 countries to study, relax and get involved in university life.

Additional course information

Try a public health course for free

If you'd like to see what public health is all about, you can try one of our free open access courses, which cover topics from antibiotic resistance to women's health. Take a look at our free courses to get a flavour of what you might learn on the BSc Public Health course: Open access public health courses.

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Teaching and learning

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 to prepare you for an exciting career.  

Teaching and learning methods

You will learn through a range of interactive, student-centred lectures, seminars and discussion groups. You will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills, this will be supported through active learning methods such as collaborative enquiry, critical analysis and problem-based learning.

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 and digital capabilities.

You will be able to put into practice what you learn, with opportunities to interact with other students and tutors through dedicated discussion groups. Some units offer exercises based on group work through discussions. These exercises develop the skills required by professional public health roles, 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. You will be supported to work through these units independently and guided by peer and tutor support. A unit-specific calendar will be made available in the first week of all units.

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. This will provide you with an insight into global experiences of public health. Through the sharing of experiences, you will be able to broaden your understanding of different cultures, perspectives and local policies that affect how public health is seen and used.


Your induction is a great way to meet staff and students, these will be your friends and support group while you are studying. You will also be given an overview of all aspects of the course, preparing you for your study.

Study skills

A study skills course will introduce you to a range of skills and resources required for successful academic progress. It includes topics on information searching, referencing and academic writing. The Academic Malpractice Driving Test will ensure you are well prepared for degree level study and able to avoid any malpractice and plagiarism in your work.

Public Health Professional Development Programme

In addition to your credit-bearing course units, you will be offered a programme of development activities.

These activities include subjects such as orientation, reflection, how to complete assessments, wellbeing, careers advice, mentoring, altruism and preparing for the year ahead.

Lectures include subjects such as urban health, place-based approaches, global and local inequalities, prevention and 'clean minds, dirty hands', and additional skills for a career in public health.


Stellify is a university initiative to develop your leadership skills and encourage community volunteering. To achieve the Stellify award, you have to demonstrate all three of the Ethical Grand Challenges, volunteering and leadership activities.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods that will allow you to demonstrate your abilities and knowledge.

Each unit assessment will provide you with the opportunity to show you have met the learning outcomes. There are no formal examinations. We use a variety of assessment methods which include assignments, presentations, literature reviews and project reports.


Throughout the course there will be the chance for you to test your factual knowledge through self-assessment and assignments and quizzes.


You will receive regular quality feedback allowing you to track your progress throughout the course and identify any areas that might need improvement.

Feedback will vary from unit to unit but may include:

  • feedback by tutors and fellow students in discussion groups; 
  • automated feedback from self-tests or quizzes; 
  • peer review exercises; 
  • reflective exercises that 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 six mandatory 20-credit units each year (120 credits in total per year).

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 optional elements within the unit assessment.

You will have access to a wide range of experts and postgraduate students.

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 video presentations, research posters, literature reviews, and a final public health project.

You can also choose to extend your study into a fourth year and gain an MPH. Please visit the postgraduate Public Health page for full details.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Evidence Based Practice Y1 POPH10011 20 Mandatory
Global Health Y1 POPH10022 20 Mandatory
Health Promotion Y1 POPH10031 20 Mandatory
Health Protection Y1 POPH10042 20 Mandatory
Healthcare Public Health Year 1 POPH10052 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Public Health POPH10061 10 Mandatory
Poster presentation POPH10071 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Evidence Based Practice Y2 POPH20011 20 Mandatory
Global Health Y2 POPH20022 20 Mandatory
Health Promotion Y2 POPH20031 20 Mandatory
Health Protection Y2 POPH20042 20 Mandatory
Healthcare Public Health Y2 POPH20052 20 Mandatory
Literature Review Project POPH20061 20 Mandatory

What our students say

My course offered international collaboration with students from around the world, which was second to none.

The entire Public Health department is made up of genuinely world-class, approachable and constantly forward-thinking researchers and lecturers.

Mikhail Foster / Master of Public Health (2019 graduate)
Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog.


Library and online services

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

The library offers academic and wellbeing sessions across a broad range of topics to support your learning.

Additional resources

We offer innovative, research-led, learning tools to enhance your understanding and enable learning anytime on any device.

You will benefit from close supervision and pastoral care by an academic staff member during the whole degree course.

Disability support

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