University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Public Health Practice with SCPHN (School Nursing)

The programme is designed to be responsive to the dynamic nature of policy, demographic change and technological development within the public health setting. It will prepare students for the multi-disciplinary and interprofessional approach to working, which is vital for a role where students will work alongside colleagues from social care, education and mental health. It will also help students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for this complex, diverse and ever-changing role. The programme will also enable students to continue to develop their ability to display the values required in modern healthcare and within the NHS constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients' privacy, dignity and individuality.

Entry requirements

Students should 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; v100 community practitioner nurse prescribing (at the discretion of a sponsoring organisation). Optional modules: Sexual health; skills in contraception; innovations in clinical practice.

Assessment methods

Assessment 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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