University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice

This programme will enhance your ability to gain employment in particular areas ofspecialist community public health nursing and broader public health practice, especially in more senior roles in leadership, practice, research or education. The programme provides a continuing professional development opportunity for SCPHN registrants.

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd Class Honours degree; you must be a qualified nurse and hold active registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, or equivalent. You will need access to an appropriate practice setting if a module with an attached QPU is studied or a work based learning module. Applications will be accompanied by 1 professional reference.

Course modules

Core modules: Leadership; evidence based change in health care practice; dissertation. Core choice modules (you will need to select one of the following): Health promotion and behaviour change; public health practice. Optional modules (you will need to choose 60 credits of modules from the list below): Advanced level human health and pathophysiology; advancing practice through work based learning; advancing skills in case management; advancing skills for service improvement; clinical supervision and mentorship in the context of leadership; complexities in the therapeutic use of medicines; contemporary aspects of perinatal mental health; critical perspectives on infant nutrition; design for learning in higher education; effective therapeutic communication for health care practice; evidence based clinical decision making; evidence for health improvement; excellence in practice innovation and development; family centred practice; health improvement and social change; health promotion and behaviour change; health, social and community enterprise; independent study; non-medical prescribing; normality for child bearing; participatory health needs appraisal; principles of research; public health practice; risk management and clinical governance; the management of clinical complexity; understanding pain in advanced practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods may include: Portfolio; patchwork text portfolio; case study; academic essay; evidence based analysis; written report; online assessment; dissertation; evidence based briefing paper; clinical vignettes; seminar presentation; critical review.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 10,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West
Fusehill Street, Carlisle Carlisle CA1 2HH North East

Key information

Course Enquiry Centre
Telephone number: 
0845 606 1144