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Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) MSc

Public Health Practice (SCPHN) (Health Visiting) MSc

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Full time | Kate Granger Building (Surrey Research Park) | 4 years | SEP-22

Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Health Visiting Health Promotion Medical Assistant Skills (Hospital)

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course

  • Study a hands-on, clinical curriculum to develop the knowledge and clinical skills needed to work with children, young people and families as a specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) health visitor, and lead on innovation and change within modern health and social care.
  • Spend half of your training in clinical placements to practise your skills in healthcare settings, under the supervision of qualified practitioners.
  • Learn from a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, who are all healthcare professionals with experience of working in the NHS.
  • Join one of our research groups to take part in seminars and workshops, and benefit from our links with renowned research institutions across the world.
  • Meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) standards for specialist education and practice and register your qualification with the NMC.

What you will study

You’ll develop the values that employers and the public need from modern healthcare professionals, such as compassion, advocacy, good communication, teamwork skills, and respect and understanding of patients.

You’ll critically examine and develop awareness of the key concepts of public health and health promotion. You’ll analyse data to identify health needs and develop health promotion interventions to address contemporary public health issues. We’ll teach you the fundamentals about safeguarding children, young people and adults, empowering you to play a pro-active role in their protection.

You’ll study topics, including community nurse practitioner prescribing (V100), early intervention work with families, leadership, mental health, public health, and safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a research dissertation in an area of personal interest, which we’ll match with the expertise of our academic staff, ensuring you get the best support.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which means you’ll be eligible to register your qualification with the NMC on successful completion of your studies.


This module integrates theory learned in this module and all core programme modules and enables students to develop skills in practice using the appropriate evidence base. Students are supported in practice by a Practice Teacher and where appropriate a mentor to progress to a stage of competency in all domains of SCPHN practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

A minimum 2.2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply.

University information

The University of Surrey was established in 1891, and has a long and rich history of education and innovation. It welcomes more than 4,000 postgraduate students annually, forming an international research and learning community representing over 120 countries from around the world. The university is known for celebrating cultural diversity and fosters an inclusive student body. The University of Surrey is a research-driven institution, and...more