Public Health Practitioner – Level 6 Apprenticeship


The Public Health Practitioner Level 6 (L6 PHP) Apprenticeship is an integrated degree programme approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.  Public Health England in the South West is supporting the delivery of the Apprenticeship programme; working closely with a wide range of employers to ensure that this Apprenticeship is viable both financially and educationally.   

The taught content of the apprenticeship is delivered by the University of the West of England in partnership with regional employers. The first cohort will start in September 2021. It is an opportunity for anyone interested in promoting, improving and protecting health to gain a BSc Public Health (Hons) degree and pursue public health practitioner registration with UKPHR. 

The practice-focussed nature of the course will empower students to work independently and collaboratively and thrive as part of a team of public health professionals. The programme also instils the importance of maintaining academic and professional ethical standards, expected by employers, academic institutions, and the public health profession.

The L6 PHP apprenticeship will serve as a;

>Means to support career progression for staff as well as encouraging new talent into public health and

>Social mobility vehicle for career development accessible to people from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to study for a degree without incurring any debt.

Key Features

New Talent – The L6 PHP apprenticeship creates a new alternative post-16 career route for people wanting to get into Public Health as a career, ideal for anyone who would prefer a paid work based route into Public Health roles.

Career Development – The L6 PHP apprenticeship makes provision for both new entrants and an opportunity to support internal career progression for administrative/project officer type roles where career progression into other Public Health Practitioner roles may previously have been limited.

Transferable skills – The three-year programme will involve exposure to new knowledge and experiences that will support apprentices to take up a wide variety of health and social care roles.

Blended training – This 3-year programme will be a blend of 80% on-the-job training and 20% off-the-job training. The apprenticeship programme involves a degree programme which adds to the 20% off the job training. The degree apprenticeship will be organised using a blended learning approach, which will primarily consist of online delivery, making it accessible to all throughout the region.

Fully funded – The structured learning degree programme is fully-funded, giving apprentices the opportunity to gain a degree in public health at no cost!

Certification– Upon successful completion of the three-year apprenticeship programme, apprentices will receive a BSc Public Health degree.

Occupationally Competent  – On completion, apprentices are eligible to apply for UKPHR registration. Registration provides assurance, public protection and recognition of achievement.

Public Health Practitioners

Public Health Practitioners work as part of a national workforce that strives to help people and communities to maximise their potential for a healthy, happy and productive life, and to live healthier for longer. Public Health Practitioners work in all the domains of Public Health:

  • Health Protection: Protecting people’s health (for example from environmental or biological threats, such as outbreaks of infectious diseases, food poisoning or radiation).
  • Health Care Public Health: Ensuring that our health services are the most effective, most efficient and equally accessible (including access to screening and vaccination programmes).
  • Health Improvement: Improving people’s health (for example by helping people quit smoking or improving their living conditions).

Typical public health job titles;

  1. Public Health Practitioner​
  2. Health Protection Practitioner​
  3. Health Improvement Practitioner​
  4. Public Health Intelligence Officer​
  5. Public Health Data Analyst​
  6. Tobacco Control Lead​
  7. Workplace Health Advisor​
  8. Immunisation Programme Co-ordinator​
  9. Accident Prevention Officer​
  10. Community Development Worker​
  11. Community Engagement Officer​
  12. Public Health Project Manager​
  13. Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator

Next steps

  1. Prospective apprentices:  New entrants should look out for L6 PHP apprenticeship job openings, like this one Public Health Practitioner (Apprenticeship) – Bristol.
  2. To make sure the apprenticeship is right for you, you should complete UWE’s self-assessment form, found here
  3. Existing employees within a public health departments or fields can use this form to discuss their interest with their line manager.
  4. Interested employers: Employers within South West area are encouraged to join the South West Employers forum by contacting James Orpin-Wright, Talent for Care Relationship Manager (Apprenticeships): or the South West PHE Workforce Team:

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