Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)

University of Chester · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered on the appropriate part of the NMC Register for their chosen pathway. Ideally, practitioners will have a minimum of two year’s relevant post-registration experience and support from a sponsoring trust. Applicants must also have successfully completed a degree in Nursing or a health-related field, or equivalent.

It is essential that you have a clean driving licence, and that you have access to a car for travelling and work purposes within practice.

Months of entry


Course content

The course provides opportunities for the development of a critically informed understanding of contemporary issues in community and primary care and encourages an interprofessional approach to the study of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practice.

It is known that some sections of society have poorer health than others. This is a central concern and a key focus for public health professionals in reducing health inequalities. Our course is designed to provide you with advanced education and leadership qualities to address the wider determinants of health.

This is an NMC-approved course for registration to the SCPHN register, composed of 50% theory and 50% practice, which are integrated across the duration of the course.

We offer a quality experience in a supportive and friendly learning environment, with highly qualified, experienced and dedicated lecturers who make a real difference in educating and shaping future public health practitioners.

You will also spend some time gaining experience in an alternative practice setting that is considered important or that may be a potential area of responsibility.

There is a period of ten weeks at the end of the course, enabling you to consolidate your education and competence in your field of practice.

Two days will be given to practice outside University per week, plus there will be two study days in University. Study days are timetabled but there is an expectation for further reading to ensure your academic development.

Teaching methods include classroom contact, seminars and tutorial sessions, which can be individually led or within group context. Placement clusters feature as part of the course, as does study time.

Examples of assessment methods include written assignments, exams, presentations and portfolios.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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