Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

University of Northampton · Faculty of Health and Society

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for this course you must be:

  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as either a nurse or midwife, and provide evidence of sponsorship from Provider Services prior to commencing the course. University applications can be made prior to obtaining an offer of sponsorship.
  • In addition, you will need to hold a first or second class honours degree.

If you do not have the above qualifications, but can demonstrate its equivalent in terms of experience relevant to the programme of study, you may be able to access the course as an associate student. For more information regarding this please contact the Programme Leader Helen Kimble at advancedpractice@northampton.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

Our Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course is designed to enable you to study at academic Level 7 (Masters) whilst also preparing you to become proficient practitioners within specialist community public health nursing/practice. Successful completion of this course will allow you to work at specialist practitioner level within complex primary health care arenas.

This post registration award prepares you for a career in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at both strategic and operational levels. The postgraduate diploma consists of six compulsory modules, two of these modules are practice focused and incorporate key theoretical concepts enabling theory to inform practice and vice versa. You will have completed a consolidating period of practice equivalent to at least ten weeks by the end of the course, in keeping with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) SCPHN Standards (2004).

All modules are linked to service delivery and developments within Primary Care/Public Health and are intended to develop your core skills in research, practice development, public health activity and education. You will complete half of the programme in a practice environment which is commensurate with the specific annotation you are following: for example Health Visiting or School Nursing. This element of the programme is supported by designated practice teachers who have undertaken a formal education programme to fulfill this role.

This course provides you with a programme of preparation and learning if you are a registered nurse or midwife and wish to become registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on Part 3 of the register as a SCPHN Health Visitor (HV) or School Nurse (SN) (NMC 2004).

You will have the opportunity to gain the additional qualification of Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Council upon successful completion of this course.

Fees and funding

UK students
Sponsored through local NHS Trust

This course is a sponsored programme through local NHS Trust.

Additional Costs

It is important to note that there may be additional costs associated with the course in relation to purchasing relevant Public Health, Specialist and Research books, travelling to and from placements and travelling to any ‘off-site’ modules.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    up to 52 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0300 303 2772