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 Practitioners can be found throughout the Public System;

  • In LA Public Health Teams
  • Commissioned services (Alcohol/Drugs, Smoking, Sexual Health, Weight Management etc)
  • Voluntary and Third sectors organisations (Social Isolation, Debt Management, Problem Gambling)
  • The Health and Social Care system
  • In other key services linked to population health (Health and Care services, Environmental Health, Transport, Planning, Housing, Emergency Services, Employment services etc)

A wide range of employers within Yorkshire and Humber are currently working closely together to ensure this apprenticeship is both financially and educationally viable for region.

Employers interested in joining the steering group can complete this form


This apprenticeship is an opportunity for anyone interested in promoting, improving and protecting health to be trained to become a certified and registered public health practitioner. 


The L6 PHP apprenticeship will serve as a;

  1. Means to support career progression for staff as well as encouraging new talent into public/population health roles,
  2. 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,
  3. An opportunity to strengthen public/population health within an integrated public health system.


 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 come in handy during and after your training.


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. Accident Prevention Officer
  2. Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Lead
  3. Community Development Worker
  4. Community Engagement Officer
  5. Health and Wellbeing Coordinator
  6. Health Improvement Practitioner
  7. Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator
  8. Immunisation Programme Coordinator
  9. Public Health Intelligence Officer
  10. Public Health Practitioner
  11. Public Health Project Manager
  12. Tobacco Control Lead
  13. Workplace Health Advisor etc

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.


Fully funded

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



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.


The University of Sunderland has been selected by the Y&H Public Health Practitioner Apprenticeship - Employer Steering Group as the recommended training provider for the region and their programme starts on September 27 2021.


Next Steps

  1. Prospective apprentices: New entrants should look out for L6 PHP apprenticeship job openings. Existing employees within a public health departments or fields can use this form to discuss their interest with their line manager.
  2. Interested employers: Interested employers within the region can join the employer group by completing this expression of interest form.


Send any queries/ concerns to


Document Title Publication Date
UoS 2021 Application Form 22 June 2021
The Sunderland Offer 22 June 2021
Y&H L6 PHP Apprenticeship Advert 19 April 2021
Expression of interest forms for prospective L6 PHP apprentices 07 April 2021
Level 6 - Public Health Practitioner Apprenticeship Symposium - Agenda 14 November 2019
The development of the Public Health Practitioner Apprenticeship from concept to approval 14 November 2019
What can we learn from other apprenticeships? 14 November 2019
What do HEI’s need from employers to deliver the standard? 14 November 2019
How this standard can open-up new entry routes into Public Health careers 14 November 2019