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Applied Health (Public Health) Intercalated BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    The BSc in Applied Health - Public Health is an intercalated full time course over one year that offers you the chance to follow a particular interest whilst ensuring you are well grounded in essential skills for learning, teaching and research. You will develop these core skills whilst exploring aspects of public health in more detail.

    A longitudinal placement, supported by public health supervisors in either a Local Authority or in Public Health England will run throughout the academic year to contextualise learning.

    Critical appraisal skills, knowledge of research methods, and an understanding of the systems you are working in will all help you to practise more effectively as future doctors.

    The Applied Health Suite is designed to give budding doctors and dentists the best chance to develop these generic skills so that you can become better clinicians and go on to achieve excellence. Many of our students go on to win prizes, publish their work and present at conferences and this course is a potential pathway for those wishing to pursue an academic career.

    All the programmes in the Applied Health Suite offer the support of a joint administrative and personal tutor team, plus the peer support that comes from shared induction and learning for all students on the BSc Applied Health suite.

  • Course content

    As well as following a particular health interest in public health, you will become well grounded in essential skills for learning, teaching and research; including critical appraisal skills, literature appreciation and research methods so that you can evaluate new and current approaches.

    You will have the opportunity to develop these core skills whilst exploring public health in more depth. You will benefit from an extended public health placement to ensure learning is based on the experience of practical public health alongside the evidence based teaching of academic skills relevant to all medical careers. You will be allocated a public health supervisor based in a Local Authority or in Public Health England.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Patients and their Illness 10 credits
    • Learning and Teaching 10 credits
    • Clinical Placement 30 credits
    • Introduction to Health Systems 10 credits
    • Research and Evaluation Methods 10 credits
    • Research Project in Applied Health 40 credits
    • Population Health: Principles and Practice 10 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Applied Health (Public Health) BSc in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    Most of the modules will be taught in conjunction with students studying for other courses within the Applied Health BSc programme. However, there are also some modules specific only to the Public Health course, and there will be an opportunity to study alongside students from other degree courses, many of whom are practitioners working in public health organisations. Previous Public Health students have reported how much they value the opportunity to interact with students with "hands-on" public health experience. This exposure to "real-world" public health work, is developed further within the public health placement.


    You will have full access to University of Leeds libraries, which include group study areas and spaces for private study. Much of the course material is provided through the Virtual Learning Environment, which can be accessed remotely, as well as on site. IT facilities have recently been upgraded and lecturers have access to high quality audio-visual equipment. Student support services are available through the course for study via the University's Student Services Centre.


    Taught modules are assessed primarily by essays. Additional assessments include the demonstration of practical skills such as teaching a small group session, presenting at a mini conference, and performance on your placement.

    A 7,500 word dissertation will be submitted at the end of the academic year (70% of the research project module).

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    Attendance and successful completion of at least two years of a medical undergraduate programme in the UK or equivalent.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    How to apply

    Read about applying for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

    All Leeds medical/dental students wishing to intercalate at Leeds University must complete the relevant application form indicating a first, second and third choice of programme.

    Medical students from other universities may apply for entry to this programme by contacting the LIHS Admissions Coordinator in the first instance.

    Selection principles

    Given the competitive nature of this course, candidates will be selected on the basis of their prior academic abiility and the interest in the subject area, as demonstrated through their personal statement.


    UK: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    Read about possible financial support for intercalation on the School of Medicine website.

  • Career opportunities

    Students taking one of the Applied Health suite degrees have gone on to present at conferences and to publish their research in national and international journals. Some have gone on to pursue careers in academic medicine.