Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

University of Brighton · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Individual offers may vary. For non-native speakers of English: IELTS 6.5 overall, and 6.5 in writing. Other: Please note that, as an NMC regulated course, the modules have a practice element that is assessed in practice. If you wish to undertake one of these modules, either as a part of a course, or as stand-alone CPE, please contact the course leader prior to application to ensure that the appropriate practice assessor can be put in place. To apply for this course please contact the course administrator, c.l.cossu@brighton.ac.uk. Degree and/or experience: Registration as Nurse or Midwife with Nursing and Midwifery Council. First degree normally at 2:1 or above. Applicants are short-listed and subsequently interviewed jointly by academic staff and employers.

MSc, PGCert, PGDip

Months of entry


Course content

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course equips nurses to be innovative and creative in their response to the needs of various client groups across different settings of public health practice.

The settings offered at University of Brighton include the health visiting and school nursing fields of practice.

Public health roles are diverse, and flexibility in the course allows students to gain appropriate knowledge and skills. Student and service need is considered and linked meaningfully with individual learning pathways. Use of a personal / professional development plan (PDP) from the initial interview, and throughout the course, helps to bring these elements together, providing links with the existing knowledge and skills framework requirements, and providing evidence of employability on completion of the course. The PDP also ensures that needs are assessed on an ongoing basis and adjustments made accordingly, particularly useful if an extended part-time route is taken.

Students are supported by a Practice Teacher (and mentors where appropriate) in practice placements within their employing trust. This provides excellent opportunities and support in application of learning in practice. An exciting variety of learning approaches are utilised in the course, accommodating a wide range of preferred learning styles. A period of consolidation of practice at the end of the course allows further opportunity for integration of theory and practice and development of the student's role.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from international students who meet the entry requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please contact us directly for exact tuition fees for this course
International students
Please contact us directly for exact tuition fees for this course

To undertake this course you will have a training contract with the NHS Community Health Trust. You will be paid a salary by this Trust for the duration of your course.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24-72 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

01273 644037