Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

University of Bedfordshire · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Standard entry requirements for postgraduate taught courses apply to this course. In addition, applicants should hold a relevant current, professional qualification as a Registered Nurse or Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and have secured a practice placement with a provider organisation. A variation to University regulations has been approved to enable those students who registered for, and successfully completed, the PGDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) course as the target award, to register to complete the masters qualification by taking the 60 credit dissertation unit (Service Improvement Project). Students who are direct entry midwives must provide evidence of the completion of their Intention to Practice, which will be held by the course team. A supervisor of midwives will be appointed who will develop a written plan with the student as to how they will meet their practice hours for both the SCPHN course and their practice hours to maintain their midwifery practice. This will be reviewed regularly during the tripartite visits.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

When you study with us on this course, you will focus on the provision of healthcare and social care to individuals, groups and communities within specialist community services.

The focus is on developing your competence, confidence and expertise in assessing the needs of your clients, and working in partnership with them to make informed, holistic health choices.

The ultimate aim is for you to mature into someone with the skills, knowledge and understanding to function as a valuable member of the community, and become a reflective, evidence-based and innovative practitioner as you deliver a client-centred programme of care.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) MSc at Bedfordshire and:

  • Study issues of direct relevance to your personal and professional development and achievement of status as a Health Visitor, and increase your prospects of fulfilling employment.
  • Explore the latest research and practice, and develop a range of public health nursing skills that are pertinent to health visiting.
  • Develop your sensitivity and understanding in relation to cultural and religious values, beliefs, abilities and the needs of individuals, groups and populations.
  • Gain an understanding of the evidence on which care interventions are based in order to promote, evaluate and design interventions, and critically develop effective questioning techniques to enhance your communication skills.
  • Benefit from student-focused, self-directed and guided learning that uses a variety of teaching methods including e-learning, work and problem based learning, simulation, role play and student-led seminars.

Key features

This course offers the opportunity to study for a combined Master of Science / Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visitor) qualification. Success in the Master of Science in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) or in the intermediate qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) will provide the professional qualification and eligibility to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting).

Emphasis throughout the course is placed on your continuing personal and professional development with the aim of improving your employability prospects. You will focus on issues of direct relevance to the achievement of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing status as a Health Visitor whilst pursuing a postgraduate course of study in a supportive learning environment.

Opportunities exist for conference attendance and presentations. The course adopts a student focused approach underpinned by self-directed and guided learning. A variety of teaching methods are used to create a stimulating learning environment including e-learning, work-based learning, simulation and solution-focussed learning.

Areas of study

  • Assessment And Interventions In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) (CEL030-6) Compulsory
  • Public Health: Principles, Policies And Practice In Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (CEL037-6) Compulsory
  • Service Improvement Project In Health Visiting (CEL014-6) Compulsory
  • Specialist Community Public Health Practice (Health Visiting) (CEL033-6) Compulsory
  • Transforming Healthcare Through Effective Leadership (CEL016-6) Compulsory

Career prospects

During the course you will acquire a range of professional and transferrable skills which are intended to prepare you for working as a health visitor. The course provides a student- focused process for integrating personal, academic and career development. You are encouraged to undertake self-assessment to identify your strengths, interests and development needs in relation to your learning needs.

Through negotiation with your personal academic tutor you will be enabled to identify your areas of interest and the areas in which you feel you need to develop. Towards the end of your studies you will be actively supported and advised regarding potential career development. You will carry out a service improvement project in your workplace which will both consolidate your knowledge and further enhance your career opportunities

Information for international students

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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