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PGDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

PGDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)

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Full time | City Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Health Visiting Community Medicine Health Promotion Environmental Health (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course?

This course aims to develop you as a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practitioner, fit for practice in a designated field of primary care. You will be equipped with the skills to evaluate, enhance and develop your public health practice and create and develop leadership skills within the context of Public Health Nursing Practice.

You will be taught how to adopt reflective practice and lifelong learning that allows you to develop your intellectual skills and promote personal and professional development. You will learn about Codes of Professional Conduct to protect human rights and equality in the delivery of health care.

What happens on the course?

You are normally seconded by your employer to study for this pathway. You will focus on educational issues that are related to primary healthcare - study takes place in a community setting. The programme steers strongly towards public health and health promotion, and is designed to encourage the empowerment of patients/clients.

The course will involve both theory and practical elements. Your theoretical assessments involve measuring academic knowledge which will underpin your professional practice. Practice assessments are aimed at measuring knowledge, skills, expertise and attitudes to ensure that an appropriate theory/practice balance is achieved.

Career Paths

You will by the end of the course be able to apply to the third part of the NMC register to practice as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse / Health Visitor.


This module will provide a framework for specialist practitioners wishing to develop a deeper and more contextual approach to knowledge of public health in contemporary society. Understanding the context of policy and research is fundamental for effective multidisciplinary public health working. This will allow an opportunity to critically debate and analyse the social, political and cultural factors which influence health and health choices over the lifespan. Providing a contextual perspective will encourage closer scrutiny of current policy, public health theories and practice. Seeing themselves as part of the wider workforce will present challenges however, they will identify how skill and knowledge can be applied to new situations to improve population health. Moving beyond individual care to address health inequity and poor health outcomes over the lifespan will necessitate a proactive approach to more sustainable working and include effective use of resources from a local, national and global context. Using evidence-based policy, epidemiological data and evaluative skills practitioners will develop a contextual repertoire of public health knowledge and skill. This incorporates the utilization of community and population data to make informed decisions and contribute to the wider public health debate whilst still acknowledging individual specialist skill in practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must already have a health related degree and have access to a practice placement in the community in your chosen pathway. If you require the specialist practice qualification, you must be registered on the appropriate part of the NMC Register and ideally have a minimum of 2 years post-registration experience.

University information

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on being a career-focused university, with extensive business links across a wide range of industries. It has a 98% employability rating for its postgraduate students and offers over 150 postgraduate qualifications. Located in the heart of England, Wolverhampton is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, less than 20 minutes to Birmingham with London, Manchester and Liverpool in easy reach on the...more