Taught course

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

University of Northampton · School of Health

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered with the 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. The normal entry requirements should include applicants who have a first or second class honours degree. Students who do not have the above qualifications, but can demonstrate its equivalent in terms of experience relevant to the programme of study, may be able to access the course as associate students. For more information regarding this please contact the course leader sue.everett@northampton.ac.uk.

Months of entry


Course content

his course is designed to enable students to study at Masters Level whilst also preparing them to become proficient practitioners within public health nursing/practice and work at specialist practitioner level within complex primary health care arenas. It aims to broaden horizons in terms of context and subsequent delivery of effective practice. It involves study of the core underpinning principles of contemporary public health practice, and aims to equip students with a range of skills needed to develop innovative public health programmes within a generic population group. This will result in students delivering a high quality service and gives students the ability to bring about change in personal practice environments.

There is a focus on work based learning throughout which ensures clear integration of practice based learning, assessment and university based work. A shared learning approach is encouraged with inter-professional modules and integrated working incorporated within the overall programme structure.

The award consists of seven compulsory modules and up to 20 credits of designated modules. Advancing and Strengthening Individual and Community Action in Practice is a 40 credit module which has a practice-based focus underpinned with key theoretical concepts. This module is delivered for the duration of the course and enables theory to inform practice and vice versa. All modules are linked to service developments within Primary Care and are intended to develop core skills in research, practice development, public health activity and education.

The award consists of 50% theory and 50% practice, and this is integrated into the overall programme, concluding with a consolidating period of practice equivalent to at least ten weeks prior to the dissertation being undertaken. This practice component is supported by specialist practitioners who hold a recognised Practice Teacher qualification and who work closely with the university.

Course modules (16/17):

Leading Public Health Practice - Core module N

Advancing Community Practice - Core module Y

Research Methods Philosophy and Study Design - Core module Y

Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing Formulary - Core module Y

Dissertation module - Core module Y

Therapeutic Communication Interventions - Core module Y

Leadership, The People Challenge - Core module Y

Enabling Person-Centred Care - Core module N

Managing Advanced Professional Practice - Core module N

Effective Delivery of Primary Mental health Care - Core module N

Innovation and Creativity - Core module N

Turning Visions into Practice - Core module N

Pharmacology for Healthcare - Core module N

Advanced Practice in long term conditions management - Core module N

NMC V300 Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (NISP) Nursing & Midwifery Council - Core module N

Qualification and course duration


part time
12-48 months
full time
12-24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

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