University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

This course is designed to enable students to study at Master's 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 lead and develop innovative public health programmes within a generic population group. This will result in students delivering a high quality service, able 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. Attendance is through either a full or part time route for the sponsored element of the programme which will be negotiated with the sponsoring Provider Service. The remaining 60 credits required for the dissertation is through a part time route and does not require sponsorship from provider services. The full time sponsored element of the course comprises of 45 programmed weeks for (50per cent of which is in practice), or no more than 208 weeks for part time students which is in accordance with NMC 2004 SCPHN regulations.

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 1st or 2nd 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.

Course modules

The compulsory modules include: leading public health practice; advancing and strengthening individual and community action in practice; therapeutic communication interventions; families and carers in social and environmental contexts (shared module with social workers); research methods; community practitioner nurse prescribing formulary; dissertation module. There is also a choice of designated modules: therapeutic communication interventions; leadership.

Assessment methods

This programme is assessed in both theory and practice and comprises a range of assessment strategies which enables students to demonstrate knowledge, synthesis and analysis in a variety of forms. Assessment strategies include: portfolio of evidence; exams; viva voce; presentations; essays and reports.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 - 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Park Campus Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

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