Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

University of Hertfordshire · School of Health and Social Work

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the MSc Specialist Community and Public Health Nursing course are:

A UK degree, or other qualification at equivalent level, in a health related subject (excluding a specialist community degree leading to professional recognition as a specialist community public health practitioner).

All applicants are required to demonstrate effective registration on parts 1 and 2 of the NMC register.

You also need to have access to an appropriate specialist community practice placement with a designated ‘sign off’ practice teacher for the duration of your studies on the course. This is normally provided through the sponsoring employer. If you are self-sponsored you are required to negotiate this with a Primary Care Organisation.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course gives you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in public health nursing. It is designed to support professionals to establish skills and strategies necessary to promote health and well-being in partnership with individuals and groups in a variety of community settings.

The course is suitable for all registered nurses who want to achieve registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. To gain access to this course you need first to secure a secondment/sponsorship from a healthcare employer. You cannot apply directly to this course yourself.

To find sponsorship/secondment opportunities in healthcare organisations please visit the NHS jobs website

If you choose to fund your own studies you are required to find a primary care organisation for practice experience at your own.

During the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course you will evaluate the current organisational and professional agendas that influence care delivery in primary healthcare and community settings. The modules that you study place emphasis on the development of leadership and management skills so that when you graduate you will be able to provide effective leadership within a mixed skill team and multi-agency work setting as well as to work proactively in a commissioning environment.

The course gives you the opportunity to gain specialist skills in two areas of community public health nursing: health visiting and school nursing.

You will combine on-campus learning at the University with hands-on experience at a practice environment, with an equal allocation of practice and theory hours. Teaching takes place in specialist groups and, in some modules, learning is shared with other nursing students.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £6,450
International students
Full time: EU £6,450 Non EU £12,100

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Admissions and Enquiries
+44 (0) 1707 284800