Public Health Practitioner (integrated degree) Apprenticeship
The Public Health Practitioner apprenticeship was approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in 2019.
It is a three-year programme covering the breadth of the practitioner role whilst completing a bachelor degree qualification (typically BSc Public Health).
An apprenticeship provides work-based training and learning, allowing the apprentice to learn by doing the job. Those who complete the Public Health Practitioner apprenticeship successfully will have demonstrated all the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of a fully competent practitioner (aligned to the UKPHR Practitioner Standards 2nd Ed), and will be eligible to apply to join the UKPHR’s practitioner register.
This apprenticeship offers another entry route to becoming a public health practitioner. It is ideal for those seeking to start a career in public health across any of the public health domains (health protection, health improvement, healthcare public health). Entry to the Public Health Practitioner apprenticeship requires no prior knowledge nor experience of public health. The standard, including the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), and the end-point assessment plan are available on the Institute’s website.
Apprenticeships provide new learning for an apprentice, so it may not be suitable for experienced individuals already working at a practitioner level or those with a closely related Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. If you already hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in public health you will be ineligible for the apprenticeship. The retrospective practitioner portfolio route, which is accessible via local assessment schemes, may be better suited to you. This requires evidence of work at practitioner level within the last 5 years.
Benefits of the Public Health Practitioner apprenticeship
- Develop a broad range of skills and competencies to support personal development and career progression within public health
- Achieve recognition for the skills, knowledge and behaviours gained on the job
- Gain a public health degree at no financial cost, with the opportunity, following successful completion, to gain nationally recognised professional practitioner registration
- 6 hours per week protected time (based on a 30-hour week) for off-the-job learning
- Diversify and increase the public health workforce
- Grow your own, building a pipeline of future workforce
- Develop new or existing staff
- Practitioners develop transferrable skills across public health which increases resilience of the system
A guide for employers is also available as an animation.
Please click on the ‘important documents’ box below to access all of the information about this registration route: