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Searching for a course

If you already know where you want to study, you may prefer to search for courses on the websites of specific colleges or universities. However, if you wish to get a broader idea of the courses that are available and the institutions that provide them, the links on this page will be of help to you, since they will send you to listings and searchable databases of courses at various levels.

When searching databases to find courses specific to public health, it may not be sufficient to use the terms "public health" and "health and wellbeing" alone. In addition, you could search using  a likely  keyword in the course title. Examples of useful keywords are:



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Health / Public Health Courses

NHS Careers - Course Finder database
A UK-wide database of courses, which allows you to search for courses relevant to a particular career.

Royal Society for Public Health
Over 100,000 students take RSPH qualifications each year in food hygiene, salon hygiene, pest control, health & safety, nutrition, the built environment, meat inspection, health and emergency planning. THE RSPH provide qualifications that are directly relevant to the workplace and helps people to progress through their chosen career by offering qualifications at different levels.The RSPH is regulated as an awarding body by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual).

Regional Teaching, Learning and Development (England) 
A number of the former TPHNs in England created public health course listings for their region.

From 1 October 2010, the Teaching Public Health Networks (TPHNs) will no longer be funded by the Department of Health. Their functions and roles will be transferred to Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs). Consequently, the links to individual TPHN websites will cease to be active. However, new links will be substituted as former TPHN resources and materials are relocated elsewhere.


  • East Midlands Public Health Skills Development Programme 
    Includes a Training and Development section with resources such as a Learning Beyond Registration database of courses.
  • West Midlands Learning for Public Health 
  • Building Public Health Futures in the North East 
  • South East Public Health Workforce Development 
    Includes sections on Public Health Training and Support Training.
    The former South East TPHN developed in collaboration with NESC a guide to post-graduate public health courses across London and the South-East. The courses and modules are also mapped against levels 5 to 7 of the Public Health skills and career Framework to enable those at practitioner and specialist levels to explore where they can develop their public health competencies.
  • Yorkshire and Humber
    Includes a section on Learning and Development.
  • Peninsula Public Health Network (South West)
    Includes a Training and development section.
  • London (awaiting relocation details)
    Includes a searchable Public Health Course Database.
  • North West (awaiting relocation details)
    Includes a searchable Courses Directory.
  • East of England (awaiting relocation details)
    Includes a Courses section with an Online Search Tool for Public Health Courses.

Public Health Wales 
Public Health Wales is an NHS organisation providing professionally independent public health advice and services to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales. On its website, it has a very useful E-directory of Training and Education Courses and Programmes for Public Health. This allows you to search in various ways, for example by the area of Wales in which you want to study, the level of study you need to undertake, how long you want to study for, and whether you want to study full-time or part-time.

NHS Health Scotland 
The NHS Health Scotland website provides information and resources to support health improvement practitioners and organisations to improve Scotland’s health and reduce inequalities. The site has a useful database of public health courses, which can be searched in various ways, including by the particular area of public health practice you are interested in working in. There is also general information on education and training.

Health Knowledge 
This site is for anyone working in health, social care and well-being across the NHS, local authorities, the voluntary, and the private sector. The site allows you to access a broad range of learning materials for personal use or for teaching purposes in order to help everyone expand their public health knowledge.
This site provides:

  • an online public health textbook organised in relation to the Faculty of Public Health Part A syllabus but it is also of benefit for anyone aiming to increase their public health competencies
  • e-learning modules in epidemiology, health information, and statistics at practitioner and specialist levels which are accredited for CPD
  • a range of interactive learning modules in the form of audio podcasts with animated PowerPoint slides and supporting video components, Q&As, and further resources.
  • downloadable teaching resources with PowerPoint slides, workbooks, and trainer notes.

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health
This course finder provides routes to training in the UK for all working in food safety, health & safety and environmental protection. These nationally recognised qualifications are awarded by the enforcers' regulated awarding body for environmental health.

Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland
The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland acts as the awarding body for a number of qualifications in Food Safety, Food and Health and Occupational Health and Safety. Courses leading to REHIS® qualifications are available through over 500 REHIS® Approved Training Centres throughout Scotland.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
The NMC works with partner organisations to set and maintain high standards of nursing and midwifery education across the UK. The courses on this database have been approved and monitored by the NMC to make sure that the education and training on offer meets its standards.
Dentistry – Continuing Professional Development
UK dentistry CPD courses for all the dental team, from Dentists to Dental Nurses, Hygienists, Therapists, Technicians, Receptionists, Managers, Tutors and Specialists.

Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) 
CPPE is a provider of educational solutions for the NHS pharmacy workforce across England to maximise their contribution to improving patient care. It is funded by the Department of Health to provide continuing education for practising pharmacists and pharmacy technicians providing NHS services in England.

Research courses
For health-related research courses and training opportunities.

Education for Health 
Education for Health is the largest international education and research charity that trains health professionals to make a real difference to the lives of patients with long term conditions. Educational programmes are run nationally and internationally and are accredited by the Open University.


Courses at All Levels and in All Subjects

Use the keywords suggested at the top of this page to search these general course listings for courses relevant to public health.

Education UK
Study options, study advice, course search, living in the UK.

Learn Direct Scotland 
The Scottish Government would like everyone to be able to carry on learning right throughout their life - whether it's to get a job, improve existing skills or just to find out about something because it's interesting. We encourage people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those who, for whatever reason, have lost their confidence in education to find a way back into learning. We also help small businesses who may be pushed for time, to find the right training and development opportunities for their staff.

Learn Direct 
The great thing about learning with learndirect is that the courses are so flexible. You can do many of our courses at your local centre or from home or work if you have access to the Internet. Courses are broken down into bite-sized chunks, so you can learn at your own pace whenever and wherever it suits you.

Find a course
Search through over 900,000 courses throughout the UK.

Search over a million courses and thousands of student reviews.
Your Future (East Midlands)
Search for courses, course providers and careers in: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

ALPS (West Midlands) 
A regional web-based tool for the West Midlands that helps you to find out what you can study, where you can study, and where it will lead. ALPS has details of more than 45,000 courses and qualifications offered throughout the West Midlands region and information on over 1200 jobs. ALPS shows you how you can progress into higher education through various pathways and links qualifications to possible careers.

Sortitonline - learning 
Help with choosing qualifications at school, in further education (FE), and in higher education (HE), as well as providing information about qualifications, funding for study, gap years and studying abroad.


Accredited Courses

The National Database of Accredited Qualifications contains details of qualifications that are accredited by the regulators of external qualifications in England (Ofqual), Wales (DCELLS) and Northern Ireland (CCEA).

Courses for 14-19 Year-olds

Coursefinder 14-19 (North East England)
The CourseFinder 14-19 database, holds information on courses in North East England likely to be of interest to 14-19 year olds. The aim of this publicly funded project is to encourage people to learn by taking courses, rather than to promote any one college or educational institution.

Courses at Specific Levels

National vocational qualifications (NVQs) are work-related, competence-based qualifications. They reflect the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and show that a candidate is competent in the area of work the NVQ framework represents.

The Diploma is a new qualification that you can do at school or college. There are up to 10 subjects to choose from in September 2009 in different areas of the country. By 2011, there will be 17 subjects in total. It's different to GCSEs and A levels because: you'll get practical experience; you learn in the classroom; you'll find out about an area of work you're interested in. When you finish, you can stay at school or college and do another course - like the next level up Diploma, A levels or an NVQ. Or, go on to university, do an Apprenticeship or go into a job with training.

City and Guilds 
We create relevant qualifications that help learners gain the skills employers value. Our qualifications and flexible learning options give learners the skills they need to advance their careers. We design vocational qualifications to be delivered by colleges, training providers and employers. Our 500 qualifications in 28 industry areas are valued by employers because they’re developed in conjunction with key industry bodies. Our qualifications are designed for learners – they’re flexible and easy to balance with a working life. We offer financial support for learners through our bursary scheme.

Foundation Degrees 
fdf is a national body that supports the development and validation of high quality Foundation degrees. It is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to support employer engagement across work- based higher education programmes generally and in relation to Foundation degrees specifically. fdf works in partnership with all relevant agencies, institutions, organisations and interest groups to ensure that the development of work-based higher level skills training is driven by the needs of employers and students.

Degree Level Courses – All Subjects

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)
Higher education courses. Search for courses at universities and colleges throughout the UK. You will also find information on fees, bursaries and financial support. 
Whatuni is the alternative online prospectus created by students for the benefit of future students. It has been created by people who wish they'd had the low-down on what uni life was really like before they made their choices.

University of Wales 
The University of Wales is the degree awarding body for most Welsh Higher Education Institutions and has a higher education course database.


Post-graduate Level Courses - Public Health

The South East TPHN has developed in collaboration with NESC a guide to post-graduate public health courses across London and the South-East. The courses and modules are also mapped against levels 5 to 7 of the Public Health skills and career Framework to enable those at practitioner and specialist levels to explore where they can develop their public health competencies.

Post-graduate Level Courses – All Subjects

Graduate Prospects is the UK's leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates. Our employment and postgraduate study guides are available online, digitally, and in print from all UK careers services, careers fairs and on campuses across the UK. is the UK’s biggest and busiest graduate careers website, with over 900,000 students and graduates every month.

Hobson’s Postgrad
Search for your ideal postgraduate programme and find the answers to all your questions about studying and living in the UK.
University of Wales
The University of Wales is the degree awarding body for most Welsh Higher Education Institutions and has a higher education course database. Click on Course Search or Institution Search.


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