BSc (Hons) Public Health

This BSc/BSc (Hons) is the first and only undergraduate degree in public health on offer in Scotland. The course integrates public health theory and practice, enabling you to gain an in depth understanding of contemporary public health practice.  This course prepares you for a range of potential public health roles, including, but not limited to health promoter, community health worker, population health or public health advisor.

NB This course is subject to validation.

Why QMU?

  • You will undertake a course developed and delivered by public health academics with national and international teaching and practical experience.
  • You will integrate public health theory and practice through placements that are situated throughout each year of the programme.
  • You will be able to demonstrate competence to employers and be prepared for professional registration via a curriculum that is informed by public health professional standards, namely, the UK Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework and the IUHPE Health Promotion Competency Framework. 

About the course

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital role of public health practice locally, national and globally and the necessity for effective public health practitioners.

This BSc Public Health will support you in developing skills and knowledge to develop competent practice through themes such as, the political and social influences on health, inequalities of health and the role of public health in reducing inequities and improving health outcomes.


You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years.

You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined in the following modules section.


Year One

  • Finding Your Academic Voice 
  • The Principles and Practice of Public Health 
  • Settings and Place based Health Improvement
  • Diversity, Identity and Wellbeing
  • Data Analysis for Public Health

Year Two 

  • Health Communication 
  • Public Health Policy 
  • Developing a Spirit of Enquiry 
  • Service Improvement  
  • Health Issues in the Community 
  • External Placement 

Year Three  

  • External Placement 
  • Understanding and Appraising the Evidence for Practice 
  • Epidemiology and Public Health  
  • Managing for Health 
  • Health Entrepreneurship 
  • Persuasive Communication 

Year Four  

  • External Placement 
  • Honours Project 
  • Sustainability and Public Health
  • Global Public Health and Social Policy  

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (September 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022 following validation. Please check back here for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a variety of assessments including essays, written reports, presentations and group work.



  • You will undertake placements throughout the programme.
  • In Year One you will have some internal practical experience at QMU, in Years Two, Three and Four you will undertake placements at a range of statutory and community based organisations.
  • You will be supported to find your own placement from a pool of potential host organisations.
  • Placements facilitate the integration of theory and practice and provide you with evidence of practice that support employability.

Exchange opportunities

Not applicable


You will graduate with a wide of competencies, namely, knowledge, skills and aptitudes related to public health. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the broader influences on health and health related behaviours.  

Alongside gaining knowledge of public health theory, you will also gain public health skills through a range of placement opportunities. Undertaking a course that links public health theory and practice prepares you for a range of potential public health roles, including, but not limited to health promoter, community health worker, population health or public health advisor.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard - BBCC, Minimum - BCCC

A Level: CCD

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: A science subject and a social science subject are preferred at Higher/A Level or equivalent. English required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/GCSE

Mature/Access: See our website at: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.


Associate student places

Not applicable

Professional registration/ accreditation

This BSc in Public Health has been mapped against the UK’s Public Health Register’s (UKPHR) amended practitioner registration standards.

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

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Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate). 

Teaching staff may be subject to change.