4th Dec, 2016

Sixth form college students take part in university public health masterclass

Shaun Reynolds 21st May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SCIENCE students at The Sixth Form College Solihull took part in a public health masterclass at Birmingham City University.

A party of 47 BTEC applied science students visited the Edgbaston campus to take part in the masterclass, led by course director and senior lecturer in public health Dr Paula Smith.

After an introduction to the activities, Dr Smith ran an activity to discover the student’s perception of public health.

Their responses were compared to how the general public perceived public health and misconceptions were clarified.

Students walked around the BCU campus in small groups and took photographs of anything relating to public health – students then uploaded their photographs to Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp.

Dr Smith then discussed examples of public health issues for young people and various partnerships with organisations including ‘Birmingham Charity for Homeless young people’ and ’The Real Junk Food, Small Heath’.

The masterclass ended with an overview of the public health course at BCU with a short video clip of BCU students on the course.

BTEC science coordinator, Ajaz Haq, said: “This masterclass was an excellent opportunity for our Year 12 BTEC Applied Science students to get a taster of public health, awareness of the issues relating to it and possible careers within it.

“We look forward to visiting them again for another very successful Masterclass next year.”