Certificate in Promoting Public Health

The Open University

Program Description

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

The Open University

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

Public health is everyone’s business – and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and voluntary sectors is now acknowledged as vital. This certificate enables you, whatever your background and expertise, to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of multidisciplinary public health across the UK and internationally, and to move forward your everyday actions and practice.

Key features of the course

  • Investigates health projects, community involvement, policy making, and delivering ethical evidence-based practice
  • Challenges your own assumptions around public health, and health promotion policies and interventions
  • Develops a skill set for evidence-based practice – including research, analysis and evaluation
  • Builds key employability skills such as communication, critical reflection, and IT.

Educational aims

The overall aims of this certificate are to engage students in a systematic review and critical assessment of current ways of working to promote public health, and to provide students with the practical skills, knowledge and understanding to develop, implement and evaluate new forms of practice.

In particular, the module aims to inform and empower people who are involved in promoting health in its broadest sense. It will do this by exploring issues, innovations and dilemmas in the field of public health, health promotion, disease prevention and health education. The emphasis will be on developing the potential for promoting health in a wide variety of ways and at a number of different levels. The intention is to move practice forward by offering opportunities to test and evaluate different strategies and frameworks for action.

Other more specific aims are to:

  • investigate and assess alternative conceptual and practical approaches to the promotion of health through a range of case studies of different settings, frameworks and client groups
  • draw out and develop ways of promoting public health that address social and economic inequalities and which are culturally sensitive and holistic
  • develop students’ skills in researching, analysing and evaluating health information and policy
  • endorse an approach to promoting health that is participative, recognises the need for flexibility and mutual goal setting, and respects the rights of individuals, groups and communities to autonomy and control
  • encourage partnership and collaboration between different health professional groups, and between health workers, policy makers and lay and consumer groups working in the area of promoting public health
  • examine ethical, political and professional dilemmas that arise from new practices and policies for promoting health, and consider how these dilemmas may be tackled.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £2,632 based on our current fees.
  • NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 1 years
  • Time limit – 4 years

Career relevance

This certificate encourages partnership, collaboration and mutual respect among different professional and lay groups working in public health. It has been mapped against the UKPHR standards for public health practitioners – which are drawn from the Public Health Skills and Career Framework, the Knowledge and Skills Framework for the NHS, and the National Occupational standards for Public Health. See the UK Public Health Register website for further information about these standards. By the end of your studies, you’ll have gained the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to extend your practice in current and future roles.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this certificate. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

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