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Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing)

Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing)

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Health Promotion Environmental Health (General) Nursing Community Medicine

Course type


Course Summary


Accreditations and partnerships:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The Postgraduate Diploma course has been designed to produce knowledgeable and skilled public health practitioners, able to work inclusively with client groups across different settings within the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Standards (2018). You'll reflect this knowledge and skill development by demonstrating your achievement of the NMC standards of proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (2004).

The NMC standards include four key domains which require a practitioner to search for health needs; stimulate an awareness of health needs; influence policies affecting health and facilitate health- enhancing activities in different public health settings. The course delivers knowledge and skills linked to the Public Health Knowledge and Skills Framework.

The course embraces a family/child/workplace-centred public health role with individuals, families, and populations, and focuses on improving health and tackling health inequalities. The approach requires you to work within a dynamic socio-cultural and service provision context across traditional boundaries, to network and develop services in partnership with service users, other professionals, and the voluntary sector. You'll learn to lead, assess, work collaboratively, evaluate public health provision, and accept responsibility and accountability for the safe, effective, and efficient management of that provision.

This course is for people who wish to register on the third part of the NMC register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse: Health Visitor, School Nurse, or Occupational Health Nurse. The course requires effective registration on Part 1 (Nursing) or Part 2 (Midwifery) of the NMC register.

The aim of our course is to prepare specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) students with the skills and knowledge to provide leadership and innovation in community health. Our wider goals are to improve population health, in particular the health of children and families, and to prevent illness. As a SCPHN graduate, you'll have the community capacity building skills you need to support the development of fair, inclusive and ever-improving community-based health and well-being services.

You'll need to secure a secondment opportunity or fixed term contract from an employing organisation before you apply. You can find opportunities on the NHS jobs website.

For more information, including the most up to date module listing, see the entry for this course on the UWE Bristol website, by clicking on the 'visit website' button to the left of this page.


Professional Perspectives in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Public Health and Health Promotion
Leadership and Enterprise
Principles of Evidence Based Public Health

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

See the entry for this course on the UWE Bristol website, by clicking on the 'visit website' button.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

See the entry for this course on the UWE Bristol website, by clicking on the 'visit website' button.

Entry requirements

You will need to have the following: Active first level registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register. Post Graduate Diploma applicants will require a 2:2 Honours Degree either in nursing or a health-related subject. To get onto the course, you need to secure a secondment opportunity or a studentship, supported by a fixed term contract from anemployer. Your employer will then pay you a salary/cost of living allowance pro-rata for the period that you are on the course, as well as provide you with a practice placement, which is essential for entry onto the course. Organisations will soon be advertising these opportunities on therefore so we advise you to check this site regularly. To secure a sponsored or seconded place from an NHS Trust or other employer, all students will need to have a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) status and a satisfactory Occupational Health status. Our recruitment to this course is informed by Health Education England's Values Based Recruitment Framework and the purpose of this is to ensure that we recruit students whose individual values and behaviours align with the those of the NHS Constitution. For further entry information, see the entry for this course on the UWE Bristol website, by clicking on the 'visit website' button.

University information

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