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 years' 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

Course overview

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.

This Master’s degree offers practical support to health and social care practitioners undertaking quality improvement or service evaluations. On completion of this course, practitioners will feel confident in their ability to manage a challenging quality improvement and to evaluate changes made.

Why study Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) with us?

Our course is designed to support ‘live’ improvement projects and service evaluations. It appreciates the dynamic and complex environment of contemporary service provision, and includes real case studies and presentations from experienced people with a track record of delivery in quality improvement and service evaluation.

The underpinning philosophy is that of engagement – ‘all share, all learn’ – and therefore the course provides opportunities for students to learn, support and challenge each other in their improvement efforts.

Pathways include:

  • Health Visiting
  • School Nursing
  • Occupational Health Nursing

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and this is integrated across the duration of the course. You will undertake the theoretical component in the University, and undertake the practice component in a community setting under the supervision of a qualified Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor from the defined area of practice.

How will I be taught?

Two days will be given to practice outside University per week, plus there will be two study days in University.

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.

How will I be assessed?

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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