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.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Health and Social Care Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000