University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting and School Nursing)

The programme aims to enable students to integrate the study of health, policy, research and evidence-based practice within the context of specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) practice; to facilitate students to explore and debate policy, theory, and research related to health visiting and school nursing within the public health context; to prepare students to meet the demands of delivering a service that meets the contemporary SCHPHN agenda; to provide students with eligibility to work in a wide range of community-based settings mainly in health and education sectors.

Entry requirements

Applicants must: be a qualified nurse or midwife; hold current NMC registration; have a relevant degree, normally at 2.1 or above; for applicants whose 1st language is not English: IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill) or an equivalent rating in another secure English language test. Recruitment will be in partnership with local healthcare organisations (NHS trusts), which will employ successful applicants for the length of the programme. As an employee of the healthcare organisation, candidates will be required to have an occupational health assessment and undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service police disclosure.

Course modules

Modules include: Specialist community public health nursing 1: foundations for practice; specialist community public health nursing 2: developing proficiencies; specialist community public health nursing 3: developing leadership; research and development 1; promoting health of children and young people in practice; safeguarding children and young people in community practice. Optional module: community practitioner nurse prescriber.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through essays, prescribing (open book exam/practice assessment document evidence of prescribing proficiencies), poster presentation/essay based on practice placement community health profile, case study, presentation, OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), practice assessment document/portfolio of practice, and examination.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time - 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Avery Hill Campus Bexley SE9 2PQ South East

Key information

Enquiry Unit
Telephone number: 
020 8331 9000