BSc (Hons)

Health and Society

Teaching & Learning

Understand the challenges in current public health, and how a multidisciplinary approach can address increasing health inequalities. You will focus on the social model of health and on the wider factors that affect health and disease. By the end of the course you will be able to develop a broad, holistic view of public health, able to devise and introduce strategies to improve health and wellbeing in people and populations.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study; the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Explore the key concepts, theories, models and approaches that underpin the discipline and contribute to subsequent learning. You will focus on developing essential academic skills for locating and retrieving academic resources for public health and health promotion.
Help your transition into higher education by developing your academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.
Study sociological theory, concepts and research that inform understandings of health and public health. Look at how social, cultural and structural factors shape the health of individuals and groups. You will engage with sociological perspectives on the social contexts and processes that shape a range of issues that are relevant to public health.
Gain an introduction to psychological theory, concepts and research relevant to health, health experience and health promotion. You will have the opportunity to engage with a number of theoretical perspectives in psychology and apply these to a range of contemporary public health issues in order to develop your understanding.
This module introduces you to a range of methods and types of data that can be used to answer public health questions. You will begin to think critically about using different types of data and methods to answer different questions and will practise applying your learning to simulated real life case studies.
This module enables you to think about what community and citizenship means, and the health needs of different groups and communities within society. You will have the opportunity to visit a range of community settings to understand the support and provision of the diverse third sector and its impact on and contribution to communities. You will also focus on how communities can be used as a mechanism for health and wellbeing improvement as well as the specific health inequalities, needs and challenges of particular communities.
Explore the key concepts, theories, models and approaches that underpin the discipline and contribute to subsequent learning. You will focus on developing essential academic skills for locating and retrieving academic resources for public health and health promotion.
Help your transition into higher education by developing your academic and professional skills necessary to successfully complete the course and become competent practitioners in a social care setting. You will be introduced to a range of skills which include: study skills, reflection, communication, working to deadlines, management of self and independent learning.
Study sociological theory, concepts and research that inform understandings of health and public health. Look at how social, cultural and structural factors shape the health of individuals and groups. You will engage with sociological perspectives on the social contexts and processes that shape a range of issues that are relevant to public health.
Gain an introduction to psychological theory, concepts and research relevant to health, health experience and health promotion. You will have the opportunity to engage with a number of theoretical perspectives in psychology and apply these to a range of contemporary public health issues in order to develop your understanding.
This module introduces you to a range of methods and types of data that can be used to answer public health questions. You will begin to think critically about using different types of data and methods to answer different questions and will practise applying your learning to simulated real life case studies.
This module enables you to think about what community and citizenship means, and the health needs of different groups and communities within society. You will have the opportunity to visit a range of community settings to understand the support and provision of the diverse third sector and its impact on and contribution to communities. You will also focus on how communities can be used as a mechanism for health and wellbeing improvement as well as the specific health inequalities, needs and challenges of particular communities.

What you'll learn

Build on the Year 1 ‘Investigating Health’ module to develop further your understanding of the principles of research design, data collection and analysis, and critical appraisal skills. You will learn about commonly used quantitative and qualitative research study designs and data collection tools, including surveys/ questionnaires, interviews and focus groups.
Focus on a variety of contemporary issues in health and wellbeing in the context of a globalising world. Each week you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding about a specific topic. These topics are subject to change in order to keep up-to-date with the changing patterns of disease and global health concerns.
Through exploring a range of topics on mental health, you will become familiar with critical approaches to mental health in the context of a social justice framework. There is a strong emphasis on understanding the relevance and applying sociological theory that is intended to establish the basis for learning and ethical practice in diverse professional areas.
Focus on the variety of issues drawing upon health and welfare policy from within the UK. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding about the political nature of health, ideological influences upon the policy process and to debate health-related responsibilities within the broader context of UK policy.
Develop and enhance your communication skills for health across a number of domains to include interpersonal communication, using different media including print, mass media, electronic and social media. You will learn about communication theory and how this applies to communication for health in a range of contexts.
Acquire the practical knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully research, analyse and present the health needs of specific populations. You'll learn how to design an effective health promotion intervention and identify the relevant stakeholders and partners needed to co-deliver such interventions. This module will cover the principles of monitoring and evaluation so you're confident in your approach to the core tasks of public health practice. This module combines 100 hours of work-based learning with professional supervision, lectures, and workshops.
Build on the Year 1 ‘Investigating Health’ module to develop further your understanding of the principles of research design, data collection and analysis, and critical appraisal skills. You will learn about commonly used quantitative and qualitative research study designs and data collection tools, including surveys/ questionnaires, interviews and focus groups.
Focus on a variety of contemporary issues in health and wellbeing in the context of a globalising world. Each week you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding about a specific topic. These topics are subject to change in order to keep up-to-date with the changing patterns of disease and global health concerns.
Through exploring a range of topics on mental health, you will become familiar with critical approaches to mental health in the context of a social justice framework. There is a strong emphasis on understanding the relevance and applying sociological theory that is intended to establish the basis for learning and ethical practice in diverse professional areas.
Focus on the variety of issues drawing upon health and welfare policy from within the UK. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding about the political nature of health, ideological influences upon the policy process and to debate health-related responsibilities within the broader context of UK policy.
Develop and enhance your communication skills for health across a number of domains to include interpersonal communication, using different media including print, mass media, electronic and social media. You will learn about communication theory and how this applies to communication for health in a range of contexts.
Acquire the practical knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully research, analyse and present the health needs of specific populations. You'll learn how to design an effective health promotion intervention and identify the relevant stakeholders and partners needed to co-deliver such interventions. This module will cover the principles of monitoring and evaluation so you're confident in your approach to the core tasks of public health practice. This module combines 100 hours of work-based learning with professional supervision, lectures, and workshops.

What you'll learn

Undertake a small scale practical research project. You will make use of your learning from the taught modules to develop your practical research skills through the planning, conducting and presentation of a research project relevant to public health.
Foster your skills, familiarity, and confidence to take on personal and organisational responsibilities. In a workplace context, you will be equipped with knowledge and practice in management, leadership and motivation approaches whilst at an individual level gaining insights into your own styles, preferences and experiences.
Building on some of the issues raised in previous modules, you will explore relevant topic areas in depth, enabling you to develop advanced skills in relation to public health and health promotion, engage in critical debates and ultimately move into advanced practice roles.
Discover the complexities of contemporary issues in health and well-being in the context of a globalising world. You will be encouraged to develop a critical and self-directed approach to each topic through the lens of current research.
Explore a range of contemporary global health issues and challenges in public health and health promotion. Building upon some of the issues raised in previous modules (such as Policy & Politics of Health and Contemporary Issues), you will look at relevant topic areas in depth enabling you to develop your knowledge and understanding of health challenges facing the world’s populations, as well as the distribution and determinants of health in populations with different social, economic and cultural characteristics.
Undertake a small scale practical research project. You will make use of your learning from the taught modules to develop your practical research skills through the planning, conducting and presentation of a research project relevant to public health.
Foster your skills, familiarity, and confidence to take on personal and organisational responsibilities. In a workplace context, you will be equipped with knowledge and practice in management, leadership and motivation approaches whilst at an individual level gaining insights into your own styles, preferences and experiences.
Building on some of the issues raised in previous modules, you will explore relevant topic areas in depth, enabling you to develop advanced skills in relation to public health and health promotion, engage in critical debates and ultimately move into advanced practice roles.
Discover the complexities of contemporary issues in health and well-being in the context of a globalising world. You will be encouraged to develop a critical and self-directed approach to each topic through the lens of current research.
Explore a range of contemporary global health issues and challenges in public health and health promotion. Building upon some of the issues raised in previous modules (such as Policy & Politics of Health and Contemporary Issues), you will look at relevant topic areas in depth enabling you to develop your knowledge and understanding of health challenges facing the world’s populations, as well as the distribution and determinants of health in populations with different social, economic and cultural characteristics.