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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) PGDip

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Health Visiting Community Medicine Health Promotion Environmental Health (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This one-year, full-time Postgraduate Diploma course is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to become Specialist Community Public Health Nurses.

It leads to the professional award of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor), with subsequent registration on the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

Half the course takes place on a clinical placement, and Welsh Government funding may be available.

Only by completing the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) programme will practitioners be eligible to have their names recorded on the third part of the NMC register.

Distinctive features

Enables registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, annotated as health visitor on the third part of the professional register
You will spend 50% of the course on placement (this placement may not be in your local area and you will be expected to travel)
Funding available via the Welsh Government for students undertaking the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) programme.

Please note: Candidates must work for the NHS in Wales to receive funding from WEDS (Workforce, Education, and Development Services) which is currently available.

Different course options

Full time | Cardiff University | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Public health knowledge and skills are central to specialist public health nursing practice. This module offers health visitors the opportunity to engage with some of the key debates surrounding the protection and promotion of health spanning the age divide. The complexities of current service delivery will be examined through the lens of public health and health promotion theory, including health inequalities with an emphasis on the participation of populations, communities, families and individuals in a variety of settings. The module is a balanced combination of theory and practice and will equip students with modular advancement towards the specialist community public health nursing qualification and entry to the third part of the register. This module incorporates Community Nurse Prescribing in SCPHN practice (v100). Health Boards in Wales require all SCPHN Practitioners to be able to prescribe.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Please see our website for entry requirements.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more

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