Graduate in Public Health

10 Woodcock Street Birmingham B7 4BL (Initially from home)
£20,903 - £27,041
29 Mar 2021
13 Apr 2021
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POST/JOB TITLE: Public Health Graduate – Environmental Public Health & Health Protection

LOCATION: 10 Woodcock Street, Birmingham / Remote working during Covid


HOURS: 36.5.hrs per week

LENGTH OF CONTRACT: Fixed term contract, 12 months

About Us

We have an exciting opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary public health team in a fixed term Public Health Graduate role working to our Assistant Director of Public Health to address the wider determinants of health. The Public Health Division includes three core sub-divisions focused on Wider Determinants, Environmental Public Health and Health Protection, and Populations and Life Course, and is part of the strategic Partnerships, Insight and Prevention Directorate of the Council. This is a great opportunity to join the largest Local Authority in the country and contribute to Birmingham being a great city that enables people to live healthy and active lives.



The Role

The role of the Grade 3 (GR3) Public Health Graduate is designed for recent graduates with a degree in Public Health or an equivalent relevant degree level qualification. It will give early and formative experience in applying their learning in a dynamic public health department.

This unique and exciting opportunity will maximise the recent learning from the degree by giving opportunities to apply learning in the context of Birmingham’s public health challenges and opportunities, and will give the post holder a way develop experience across the Public Health skills and knowledge framework (PHSKF).

This graduate role will work to the Assistant Director of Public Health on a series of structured projects linked to protecting and improving population health for individuals and communities in Birmingham. By managing projects from initiation to completion, there will be opportunities to demonstrate personal impact and outcomes during the placement.

This graduate role will apply emerging public health policy to the Built Environment including housing, climate change and green spaces, licensing and planning); to Health Protection (air quality, immunisation & screening, oral health, public health emergency preparedness); and to Covid Recovery (using knowledge and evidence to positively impact the recovery work of others).

The successful graduate will be required to deliver on a selection of duties and responsibilities working with the Assistant Director of Public Health and her team, with responsibilities changing and evolving based on emerging priorities and business needs. This post will be part of a newly formed team and this an opportunity to be in at the start.  


Skills & Experience

Each graduate must have a Public Health degree or other relevant degree level qualification and must be prepared to continue with on-going professional development within the role.

The post holders must have experience of working on projects, monitoring performance, understanding the relevant policy environment and public health priorities. Post holders should have experience of report writing and communicating information to a diverse audience.

The post holders in each of the themed areas will develop and apply subject matter expertise and technical skills to public health projects, and implement practical and rigorous approaches to ensure that work has an impact on health and wellbeing. This includes:

  • Identifying and using suitable sources of data and carrying out data analysis to help establish health needs.
  • Engaging with citizens and other stakeholders to understand the local context of and feasibility of interventions
  • Communicating and presenting innovative solutions and best practice for health and wellbeing problems to stakeholders and citizens
  • Supporting the evaluation of interventions
  • Delivering technical pieces of work such as; health needs assessments, health impact assessments, systematic reviews, literature reviews, critical appraisal or health economics analyses
  • Working collaboratively with stakeholders to embed evidence-based approaches
  • Supporting work on equality impact assessments 

Additional Information

Special Conditions:

  • This vacancy is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
  • A DBS check will be undertaken
  • Observance of the City Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy will be required.

Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact:

Dr Mary Orhewere, Assistant Director of Public Health, Public Health Birmingham.



Please note: CVs will not be considered

When applying, you are strongly advised to pay attention to the person specification and job description.

Ref: BCC01969

Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.



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