Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)

Oxford Brookes University · Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

Entry requirements

Access to the SCPHN course is open to practitioners who meet the following criteria. You must: be registered on either the nursing or midwifery parts of the NMC register; be able to demonstrate evidence of advanced level study on entry; have the support of your manager or sponsorship from a PCT; have access to a community practice teacher; have a source of funding to enable you to meet the course fees.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) course enables you to develop your practice as a specialist public health nurse. You will complete the programme as a collaborative public health practitioner, who is able to lead practice forward and work in partnership with clients and other professions and agencies.

The overall philosophy of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting or School Nursing (SCPHN) course is to provide an excellent course structure and teaching and learning methods in both academic and practice settings. We believe that academic preparation is an integral part of practice development and that both are part of the same process. Our aim is to enable you to be a high-quality practitioner who is a skilful public health nurses in school nursing or health visiting, and is able to bring about change in your practice environments.

Health care and the community environment are undergoing great change. For public health to be central to the service that is offered to clients and school students, there is a need for highly dynamic and flexible practitioners. You will need sound academic skills and evidence-based practice to enable you to lead positive change, both of your own practice and that of the health visiting and school health professions as a whole. The course will challenge you and help you to develop the knowledge and skills that you require in preparation for a future in public health nursing and the 0-19 agenda .

  • This course will strengthen your leadership attributes in order to prepare you for the public health workforce as a SCPHN
  • The curriculum content will reflect currency in practice issues, this will include the exploration of contemporary public health high impact areas across the fields of practice.
  • We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, offering excellent opportunities for shared learning.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region, and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels to enable contemporaneous teaching material and speakers.
  • Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Information for international students

Please see the university's standard English language requirements

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Full-time: 52-week course, of which 45 weeks are programmed over a maximum of 78 weeks. Part-time: 2-3 years over a maximum of 156 weeks.

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 488111