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  • About this subject
  • Is this the course for me?
  • Careers prospects
  • Studying Health Studies
  • Where to study
General Health

Health Studies refers to the study of community or public health studies. Those studying this particular course will focus on the maintenance and improvement for individual, groups and communities. Given the current health initiatives being implemented by government agencies such reducing obesity and levels of smoking, there is a number of vacancies available in this particular field for graduates with strong skill-sets and relevant work experience.

Is this the course for me?

Are you passionate about pursuing a career working with people? Are you fascinated by health? If so, then a general health programme sounds like it could be the perfect course of study for you.

Having a natural aptitude for science, particularly chemistry and biology is particularly beneficial to those wishing to study on this particular course of study as the course content will focus on acquiring knowledge on different health conditions and assessing health educational needs.

Similarly, it is also important that students are highly organised and time-efficient. As well as attending the usual lectures and tutorials, students will also be expected to complete course work assignments and conduct extra critical research in order to fulfil the requirements of the course.

Careers prospects

The majority of graduates with an interest in health stuides will find employment within government agencies such as the social welfare sector or the NHS working as carers for the vulnerable, as drug prevention officers, family planning officers or as nutritionalists.

Similarly, those who have knowledge of the health industry are often employed by the public and private health care sector companies working on PR and marketing strategies for specific health initiatives. The range of starting salaries for this particular role is £21,176 - £34,186 in the UK, although this may differ depending upon geographical location.

There is also the option for graduates to pursue further post-graduate study taking nursing or counselling qualifications or pursuing a career in medical law or as medical journalists.

Studying Health Studies

There are a number of courses available for those wishing to study health studies both at undergraduate and post-graduate level meaning that there are a wide range of options for those wishing to study general health.

The majority of undergraduate courses will last for 3 years and potential applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 3 A-levels in a related field, Post-graduate courses should last a minimum of a year and candidates should have a 2:1 honours degree already as well as some practical experience within the health sector.

Are you a non-native speaker of English? If so then there is nothing to prohibit you from studying on this particular course. Provided you score a minimum of 6.0-6.5 on your IELTS test Universities will be more than willing to accept you onto the course.

Where to study

Most Universities will only accept graduates with 3 A-levels for under-graduate courses, or with a 2:1 degree for post-graduate study. Before deciding that general health is the course for you, check that your predicted grades meet these requirements. Given that the course can consist of up to three years, you should also think carefully about finance. Can you afford the fees and living costs?

If you’re struggling to secure funding, there are a number of scholarships and grants available.

When you are applying to study on a health stuides course, it is important not only to look at the module options available to you, but also the practical hands-on experience that you will gain with your course. In order to provide students with the best training possible, many establishments will forge relationships with local healthcare providers that will not only allow students to gain hands on experience within the sector, but will also allow for a diverse range of career opportunities.

Of course it is also important to choose somewhere that will make you happy for the duration of your course, particularly if you’re opting to live away from home. Your qualification will end up costing you a lot of money, so wherever you study. It is important get the most out of your time as a student both emotionally as well as intellectually. As such it is important that you consider whether the surrounding culture will add to the pleasure of your University years as well as academic benefits of studying at a particular institution.

What Health Studies courses are there?


Health Promotion


Health Service Administration / Management


Health Care Management / Health Studies


Health Education

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