University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting)

The programme will advance your clinical skills as well as your ability to critically analyse and lead on innovation and change in the public health environment. Health visitors are at the forefront of current government public health policy, and the recognition of the importance of early years to children�s long term outcomes has reinforced this. Our programme is responsive to the dynamic nature of policy, demographic change and technological development within the public health setting.

Entry requirements

Students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 360 FHEQ Level 4-6 credits, of which at least 120 will be at FHEQ Level 6, and be named on Part One or Part Two of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register (NMC 2006a). Students applying for the Postgraduate Diploma Public Health Practice/MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN endorsement will also need to secure sponsorship from a community healthcare provider. Advertisements for sponsorship will be on NHS Jobs. There is a joint selection process between the providers and the University. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 7.0, IELTS minimum by component: 7.0.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Public health assessment; leadership and innovation; health promotion (partnership and enablement); research design and methodology; early intervention work with children, parents and carers; professional practice in specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN); safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults; community practitioner nurse prescribing (at the discretion of your sponsoring organisation). Optional modules: Sexual health; innovations in clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods for students wishing to complete the MSc will include a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 13,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Part-time £ 6,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
PgDip Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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