The Public Health Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship is a new programme that will be delivered by the University of the West of England in partnership with regional employers from September 2021. This course is being funded through Health Education England and the apprenticeship levy.

What is a Public Health Practitioner?

Public health practitioners can have a huge influence on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and populations.

Public health practitioners work in many places and in many areas of public health. They may support healthy lifestyle programmes, helping individuals and groups to stop smoking and take more exercise. They may work on immunisation programmes and screening, based in local communities or in public health teams specialising in health protection.

Some public health practitioners may play an important role in national and local health campaigns. Others may work in the public health knowledge and intelligence teams in local government organisations and Public Health England (PHE).

Why become a Public Health Practitioner?

Public Health Practitioners are key members of the public health workforce and can have a great influence on the health and wellbeing of individuals, groups, communities and populations.

They work across the full breadth of public health from health improvement and health protection, to health information, community development, and nutrition, in a wide range of settings from the NHS and local government to the voluntary, and private sectors.

Across the UK, many thousands of practitioners work to protect and improve the health and well-being of communities and individuals and reduce inequities.

They are responsible for some of the most important health and social gains in the UK. Their roles are multidisciplinary and they are responsible for individual and population level interventions including sensitive and deeply personal issues.

Why do an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship allows you to undertake the necessary learning and education to obtain a qualification, whilst in paid employment. This apprenticeship is fully funded, meaning there are no costs to the apprentice. Here’s why an apprenticeship is the way to go:

   Earn while you learn and receive student discounts

   Receive recognised qualifications

   Develop your skills and progression opportunities

   Benefit from ongoing and personalised support

   Gain independence and respect

   Learn the skills your employer wants


About the Course

We work with the University of the West of England (UWE) to offer this apprenticeship opportunity to existing employees and to external candidates.


We offer apprentices full-time, paid employment (min. £19,500 per annum) for the duration of the apprenticeship and guaranteed employment upon successful completion of the course.

You will be employed as a Healthcare Assistant, initially, offering you the opportunity to develop your basic knowledge and skills in public health and to gain an understanding of the workplace. This role will develop as you progress through the course, ensuring you are able to practice and develop the required skills to become a Public Health Practitioner.

You will be supported by our experienced team of healthcare professionals and through the allocation of a dedicated buddy.

Course Overview:

The course 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.

The programme is delivered through full-time day release, over the duration of three years. Material will be delivered through a mixture of class contact, online webinars and tutorials, and remote support.


Assessment takes the form of continuous public health assessment, written assignments, case studies, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), project/portfolio work, timed examinations and presentations. In your final year, you will complete a dissertation.

Indicative Content:

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


On successful completion of the programme, you will graduate with a BSc(Hons) Public Health qualification and will be eligible to apply for accreditation as a qualified Public Health Practitioner.

Entry requirements:

You will require a minimum of level 2 functional skills in Maths and English, and a level 3 qualification.
For further advice on entry requirements, please email the UWE Team at

How to apply:

You can find details of our current apprenticeship opportunities and how to apply for these on our Vacancies page.