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Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) PGDip

Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Health Visiting Health Promotion Environmental Health (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course will prepare practitioners to work in defined areas of community public health practice. You'll demonstrate achievement of the ‘Standards of Proficiency’ required by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC 2004) for Registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) Health Visitor. During the course you will be exposed to the breadth and depth of public health working and demonstrate your ability to participate safely in the practice of Health Visiting. You will be prepared to lead and manage the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (DH 2009) provision in collaboration with other health and early year providers.

The course is equally divided between theory and practice based study, with attendance required at BU. 50% of the programme is practice based where your learning will be supported by a Practice Teacher within your seconding NHS Trust. Applicants should apply via the local DHUFT NHS Jobs adverts. Shortlisted applicants will be jointly interviewed by DHUFT service representatives and the BU Programme Leader. The academic application will follow your initial interview. By completing this course, you will be satisfying the NMC criteria for registering for Part 3 of the NMC Register and will be qualified and prepared to work in the community as a health visitor. This role is in high demand and employment is highly likely. Career progression may ultimately lead to you becoming a: Health visitor; Academic researcher; Academic lecturer.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



An introduction to the scope of the current public health agenda. You?ll gain an understanding of national and international public health issues.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

This course is commissioned by the local NHS trust so there are no fees.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

This course is commissioned by the local NHS trust so there are no fees.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in any subject or equivalent; Current registration on part one or part two of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register and that you have secondment from your employing DHUFT. If they lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter this course, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience.

University information

Based by the sea in south-west England, just two hours from London by train, Bournemouth University offers over 90 taught Master’s courses as well as many research programmes. 16% of its students are in postgraduate study, meaning you’ll be joining a thriving postgrad community. The University has four academic faculties, divided into numerous individual schools: Health & Social Sciences Departments: Human Sciences & Public Health,...more