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Certificate in Promoting Public Health

Public health is everyone’s business – and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and voluntary sectors is now acknowledged as vital. This certificate enables you, whatever your background and expertise, to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of multidisciplinary public health across the UK and internationally.

Key features of the course

  • Investigates health projects, community involvement, policy making, and delivering ethical evidence-based practice
  • Challenges your own assumptions around public health, and health promotion policies and interventions
  • Develops a skill set for evidence-based practice – including research, analysis and evaluation
  • Builds key employability skills such as communication, critical reflection, and IT
  • Mapped against the UKPHR standards for public health practitioners

Course Summary

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Certificate

Certificate

  • Qualification unique to The Open University.
  • Focus on a particular profession or subject area.
  • Study for interest or career development.
  • A wide range of subjects and levels.
Course code
S13
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
60
How long it takes
Part time – 1 year
Time limit – 4 years
Study method
Distance learning

Course details

This certificate has one stage, comprising 60 credits.

Stage 1 (60 credits)

You’ll explore the major determinants of health, and investigate ways of promoting public health that are culturally sensitive, holistic, and address social and economic inequalities. You’ll also consider the ethical, political and professional dilemmas that arise with new practices and policies for promoting health, and how these may be tackled.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 21 March 2018.


Accessibility

We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The Certificate in Promoting Public Health uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying online learning resources including websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and producing diagrams and screenshots
  • finding external/third party material online.

For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support with any of the elements above, visit our disability page to find more about what we offer. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements, so we can put arrangements in place before you start.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

On completion

On completion of this undergraduate course, we'll award you the Certificate in Promoting Public Health.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website. 


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this certificate. However, this is an OU level 3 certificate. You should ensure that you have adequate study skills, such as gained from OU level 1 and 2 study or its equivalent, before you begin.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner
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How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost in England?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If, like most OU students, you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you'll take six years to complete an honours degree.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £2,928*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £2,928*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after you start studying.


Skills for career development

This course will provide you with opportunities to practise multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral planning, programme development and evaluation. You’ll also develop essential transferable skills that are highly prized by employers across all sectors, such as the ability to think critically; solve problems; argue a case based on evidence; plan and manage time effectively; communicate effectively with different audiences; gather, analyse and interpret data; and manage your own performance. 

Career relevance

This certificate encourages partnership, collaboration and mutual respect among different professional and lay groups working in public health. It has been mapped against the UKPHR standards for public health practitioners – which are drawn from the Public Health Skills and Career Framework, the Knowledge and Skills Framework for the NHS, and the National Occupational standards for Public Health. See the UK Public Health Register website for further information about these standards. By the end of your studies, you’ll have gained the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to extend your practice in current and future roles.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that most careers will require further study, training and/or work experience):

  • Health educator
  • Health visitor
  • Advice worker
  • Dietitian
  • Adult nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Specialist practitioner
  • Community education officer
  • Community development worker
  • Environmental health practitioner
  • Health services manager
  • Sports development officer
  • Youth worker
  • Practice nurse
  • Practice manager

Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, PlanIT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.


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