Teesside University

Teesside University

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing)

This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who want to gain registration on part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health). It offers students the opportunity to gain registration as an occupational health nurse and for academic development at Master's level. Students develop public health practice knowledge and skills in addressing health inequalities and the health needs of the working population, through development of expertise in hazard and risk assessment, health surveillance and protection, sickness absence management and public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to improving the health of the working population. Students study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of the working population; the recognition of hazards and risks within the working environment, the application of health and safety legislation, health surveillance and sickness absence management skills within the workplace; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions also designing and managing a service evaluation.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: a degree of 2.2 or above; or successful study at postgraduate level; an NMC-valid registration as either a registered nurse or midwife; successful interview and subject to: support of an employing organisation who will give an undertaking to enable access to/or facilitate access to the appropriate learning opportunities; a nominated practice teacher who will contribute to the teaching and assessment process; a satisfactory work-based risk assessment; current satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will be carried out by the employing organisation.

Course modules

Core modules: advancing health and safety in the working environment; advancing leadership in the context of specialist practice; advancing occupational health practice; advancing public health; contemporary issues in public health; designing research projects; evaluating practice; evidence-based practice; specialist community public health nursing practice.

Assessment methods

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal, simulations. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include the student, practice teacher and academic mentor.

Sponsorship information

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information relating to funding will be updated on Teesside University website.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

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School of Health and Social Care
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