University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting)

The programme is designed to allow students to achieve 120 level 7 credits and the registrable qualification of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) in 52 weeks. In this time, students will spend 50 per cent of their time in practice and 50 per cent of their time at university. Students will be supported by a practice teacher (PT) and mentor in the clinical setting and will have a personal tutor in the university. The tutor visits students in practice to discuss their progress with the PT and mentor and students will complete three progress assessments throughout the year.

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 1 or part 2 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 sponsoring organisation). Optional modules: Sexual health; skills in contraception; innovations in clinical practice.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,300 per Year 1 (International) 4 years

Campus details

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

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