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Health promotion specialist

Alternative titles for this job include Health improvement specialist

Health promotion specialists educate and inform people about health issues.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become

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How to become a health promotion specialist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could do a degree in a subject like:

  • health promotion
  • public health policy
  • behavioural science
  • health studies

Other subjects like psychology, social sciences and education may also be accepted by employers.

You could also choose to do a foundation degree in health and social care as a starting point.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Courses like the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care may help you to get some of the skills and knowledge that you need to get started in this role.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could take an Access to HE Diploma as a way to get into university, for example:

  • Access to Health and Human Science
  • Access to Health Science

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science

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You may be able to do a public health practitioner degree apprenticeship.

This usually takes around 36 months to complete.

You could find opportunities in office based, community, or healthcare roles. You could be working for different types of organisations like the NHS, local authorities or charities.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You may be able to start as a health promotion assistant or an NHS 111 health advisor and complete extra training to work your way up.


You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in the health or care sector before you apply for a course.

You could contact the health promotion unit or voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to employers if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role.

Depending on the level of the job, you'll usually need a qualification and experience in medicine, nursing, teaching or social work. Experience of working with communities would also be useful.

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Career tips

There are lots of voluntary and charitable organisations who work on health issues, so you may find job opportunities with these.

You can also find details of current health campaigns and initiatives through the Royal Society for Public Health.

Further information

You can find more on careers in health promotion through Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • administration skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • promote healthy eating and regular exercise
  • advise of the dangers of smoking or excessive drinking
  • give information about the risk of coronary heart disease and cancers
  • raise awareness of mental health, sexual health and drug misuse

You may also:

  • do research
  • produce publicity materials
  • organise exhibitions and events
  • run training courses and workshops
  • provide information and advice to managers in health authorities and local councils

Working environment

You could work at a health centre or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a more senior role with responsibility for planning projects and strategies.

If you have a postgraduate qualification, you could manage projects, and a team of health promotion specialists.

You could also work as a freelance consultant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Access to HE: Health Science Professions

  • Provider: HULL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2023
  • Location: Hull

Access to HE Diploma: Health Science

  • Start date: 05 September 2023
  • Location: Derby

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