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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) MSc

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) MSc

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Full time | Wheeler | 1 year | OCT-23

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Nursing Health Promotion Environmental Health (General) Community Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

The course provides opportunities for the development of a critically informed understanding of contemporary issues in community and primary care and encourages an interprofessional approach to the study of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practice.

Course overview

This Master’s degree offers practical support to health and social care practitioners undertaking quality improvement or service evaluations. On completion of this course, practitioners will feel confident in their ability to manage a challenging quality improvement and to evaluate changes made.

Why study this course with us?

Our course is designed to support ‘live’ improvement projects and service evaluations. It appreciates the dynamic and complex environment of contemporary service provision and includes real case studies and presentations from experienced people with a track record of delivery in quality improvement and service evaluation.

The underpinning philosophy is that of engagement - all share, all learn - and therefore the course provides opportunities for students to learn, support and challenge each other in their improvement efforts.

Pathways include:

  • Health Visiting
  • School Nursing
  • Occupational Health Nursing

The course is 50% theory and 50% practice and this is integrated across the duration of the course. You will undertake the theoretical component in the University and undertake the practice component in a community setting under the supervision of a qualified Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor from the defined area of practice.


Examples of assessment methods include written assignments, exams, presentations, and portfolios.

Careers and Employability

Student Futures aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.


Generic module content will include: Reflection, continuous assessment and evaluation; academic writing and presentation skills; personal awareness; professionalism; confidence and competence; Advanced communication skills, relationships and social networks; measuring impact and enhancing the client experience; brief interventions and behaviour management/ early intervention, and health promoting strategies in line with pathway specific for specialist community public health nursing; Completion and assessment of the practice learning portfolio to demonstrate application of theory to practice by addressing specialist community public health nursing health domains and principles; Demonstrating achievement of competence and professional development through formative and summative assessment.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered on the appropriate part of the NMC Register for their chosen pathway. Ideally, practitioners will have a minimum of two years' relevant post-registration experience and support from a sponsoring trust. Applicants must also have successfully completed a degree in Nursing or a health-related field, or equivalent.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more

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