Interested in the “next big thing in healthcare”? The increasingly developing field of Population Health is a great career choice for those who wish to be at the forefront of healthcare advancement. Put simply, Population Health is concerned with the wide range of factors that can determine the health and health outcomes of individuals, groups and populations.
The growing pressures on healthcare systems globally are well documented, with chronic diseases, ageing populations and increased incidents of mental health. Advancements in medicine are improving health for more and more people, but inequalities in the health care received by people based on where they are born, live and work are prevalent. Population health aims to address these inequalities, by working to better understand the healthcare needs of groups of people, improving healthcare models and providing innovative solutions to meet people’s health needs.
This degree will give you a solid grounding in medical and life sciences, social sciences, epidemiology, demography, public health, and health informatics. You will also develop the academic and professional knowledge needed to determine systematic variations in the health of individuals and populations, as well as the skills and experience to apply this knowledge to practical solutions to improve health, wellbeing, and the delivery of health services.
Why Population Health and Medical Sciences at Swansea?
Our BSc Population Health and Medical Sciences programme is unique as it brings together a diverse range of subjects to provide you with a holistic understanding of the social, economic, medical and demographic factors that shape population health; from prevention and promotion to health protection, diagnosis, treatment and care. With your studies crossing over a number of disciplines, you will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the Medical School and also the dynamic research and learning environment.
This degree is part of our ‘Medical Science in Practice’ Pathway to Medicine programme. Provided you meet the entry requirements, and have followed this Pathway, you will be guaranteed an interview for our flagship Graduate Entry Medicine MBBCh course.
We are ranked 3rd in the UK for Medicine and top in Wales (The Complete University Guide 2019). We are also ranked 1st in the UK for Research Environment and joint 2nd for Research Quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Your Population Health and Medical Sciences Experience
Our academic staff across medical, health and social sciences are active in a diverse range of research fields, offering an unrivalled mix of academic excellence and innovative practice. For example, Swansea University Medical School is home to the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research (www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/national-centre-for-population-health-and-wellbeing-research) which aims to make Wales a world leader in population health science. Students will have direct access to this innovative, world-leading research which is embedded into the taught modules on this programme.
Swansea University was named University of the Year in the 2019 Whatuni Student Choice Awards for the second time in five years. As well as being crowned University of the Year, Swansea University took the top spot in the International category and placed top three in the Postgraduate, and Course and Lecturers categories. The Whatuni Student Choice Awards are voted for entirely by students, with more than 41,000 reviews and comments submitted from more than 160 UK institutions.
In the prestigious Guardian University Guide 2021, we are placed 24th in the UK and have won the Welsh University of the Year title for the second time in three years, cementing our position as Wales’ leading higher education institution.
We place our students at the heart of everything. As a result, we achieved a gold rating, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for 2020.
Our stunning waterfront campuses make us a desirable location for students and staff from around the world, and our multicultural community provides a global perspective, enabling those who join us to develop skills and knowledge that set them on successful and enriching careers.