Public Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is designed for those in entry-level roles who aspire to management or specialist roles in public health or apply to become an accredited Public Health Practitioner.


The Public Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship prepares entry-level professional organisations such as local authorities, the NHS and clinical commissioning groups, for more senior or specialist positions.

This practice-focused course offers you a grounding in public health across different settings, including wider determinants of health, such as education, transport and housing. You’ll also grow your knowledge in core sector issues, from environmental sustainability to social equity.

Develop your critical thinking, analytical and appraisal skills, which you’ll apply to real-world public health scenarios. This could be in the form of role plays and simulations relevant to health protection, disease outbreaks and pandemics.

On completion, you’ll have the eligibility to apply for accreditation as a Public Health Practitioner. So you’ll be able to progress to management or specialist roles in a range of public health areas, from local authorities, to prison healthcare and hospital trusts.

Course details

Indicative content

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Evidencing Public Health Learning in Practice 1
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Population Health
  • Introduction to Health Protection
  • Advanced Evidence-Based Population Health
  • Evidencing Public Health Learning in Practice 2
  • Health Promotion Theory and Practice
  • Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases
  • Public Health Policy and Politics
  • Commissioning for Population Health
  • Public Health Leadership and Management
  • Public Health Practitioner (Degree) Apprenticeship Standard End Point Assessment

Duration and delivery

The programme is delivered through full-time day release, over the duration of three years.

Material will be delivered through online webinars and tutorials, with remote support.


Successful apprentices will gain a BSc(Hons) Public Health qualification from UWE Bristol and will be eligible to apply for accreditation as a qualified Public Health Practitioner.

Entry requirements

We require 112 UCAS tariff points.

Applicants who do not fit the typical entry requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

In this situation evidence of recent study at a suitable, recognised level 3 qualification or equivalent alongside a profile of relevant experience. Applicants with a previous degree will be considered on an individual basis.

For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade C/4 or above in maths, or equivalent. Every candidate will be interviewed as part of the application process.

How to apply

Prospective students may only apply for a degree apprenticeship through their employer. If you are interested in any of our degree apprenticeship programmes, speak to your employer in the first instance. There is funding available to sponsor employees’ professional development on degree apprenticeships. We will work with your employer directly to manage your application.

Benefits for businesses

The Public Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship allows you to develop your existing workforce, without the need to recruit new talent. You can prepare your employees for more senior and specialist health roles within your organisation, without them taking significant time away from work.

From the outset, learners will study alongside their job and apply their skills to on-the-job training. This applied approach ensures they’re adaptable to a range of situations within the context of your organisation.

By training and upskilling your employees, you can improve staff retention levels for your organisation and at the same time you’ll be addressing a gap in the public health workforce.

After completing the three-year course, they’ll graduate with a BSc(Hons) Public Health qualification, which is the first step towards becoming an accredited Public Health Practitioner.

Why UWE Bristol?

UWE Bristol has a longstanding reputation as a public health education provider in the South West. Our unique Degree Apprenticeship in Public Health is the only one of its kind in the region.

You’ll gain invaluable knowledge and a relevant skillset from our experienced teaching team, who have worked in professional practice in a range of public health areas.

We also have strong industry links. Benefit from our close relationship with the profession and a growing network of public health alumni, who continue to be engaged with our research centre.

Contact us

To find out more about the course, or for more information about the levy, funding available and degree apprenticeships, please email our Degree Apprenticeships Team at or call us on tel: +44 (0)117 328 4888.

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