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This course is for registered nurses wishing to pursue a career in community nursing. It can lead to either a PGDip or MSc in Community Health Studies, a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing or general practice nursing. Read more
This course is for registered nurses wishing to pursue a career in community nursing. It can lead to either a PGDip or MSc in Community Health Studies, a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing or general practice nursing.

The course aims to:

• Develop a critical awareness and understanding of discipline specific knowledge, informed by current practice and scholarship.

• Judiciously apply the evidence-base to clinical situations that are complex and justify decisions to the inter-professional team.

• Develop discipline specific competencies to Masters practice level demonstrating self-direction and the ability to act autonomously in the management of patient care, within the scope of professional practice.

Distinctive features

• 50% theory and 50% practice.

• Provides a recordable specialist practitioner qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) in district nursing.

• Fully supported by local service providers.

• Incorporates community practitioner nurse prescribing qualification, V100.

Structure

All students will attend the three core generic modules and one core specialist module that apply to the particular pathways for the award of District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.

Successful completion of all four modules will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Science - Community Health Studies and recordable NMC specialist practice and community practitioner nurse prescriber qualifications.

You will then have the option to continue to the dissertation (MSc) stage.

Successful completion of a dissertation module will lead to the award of MSc in Healthcare Science - Community Health Studies.

PGDip:

The PGDip takes 3 years to complete by part-time study.

For a list of the modules please see the website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/community-health-studies-spq-pgdip-part-time

MSc:

The MSc can be completed in 1 year with full-time study or in 4 years by part-time study.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/community-health-studies-spq-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/community-health-studies-spq-msc-part-time

Teaching

Learning and teaching methods will include lectures, guided reading activities, seminar discussions, online activities, and discussion forums. Screen and podcasts, lecture-capture, and supervisory blogs are also planned to enhance and promote learning.

As some students may have concerns about the level of IT skills required to undertake the course, each student accepted onto the course will be provided with pre-programme support.

The face-to-face taught component of the module will also provide an opportunity for students to meet and develop insights into each other’s roles and experiences.

Assessment

Assessment is via a variety of methods, including written assignments, exams, presentations and a practical assessment (clinical portfolio). Assignments vary according to the module.

The programme is 50% theory and 50% practice. The practical element will be assessed through a summative clinical portfolio.

Career Prospects

Successful completion of this course should equip you with skills and knowledge to help advance your career in nursing.

The ongoing shift of care closer to home is driving the continued development of primary care services both locally and nationally, and community nurse education features strongly in these plans to ensure the workforce is fit for purpose.

Service reconfiguration requires specialist district nurses and practice nurses to be able to lead and deliver services to meet the increasing demands of an ageing population.

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The PgDip Community Health course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and offer you the opportunity to gain a Specialist Practitioner Qualification in Community Children’s Nursing, Community Learning Disability Nursing, District Nursing, or General Practice Nursing. Read more
The PgDip Community Health course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and offer you the opportunity to gain a Specialist Practitioner Qualification in Community Children’s Nursing, Community Learning Disability Nursing, District Nursing, or General Practice Nursing. The courses comprise 50% theory and 50% practice.

The programme builds on the core values of the NHS constitution and is approved by the NMC to offer students the opportunity to gain a specialist practitioner qualification in Community Learning Disabilities Nursing, District Nursing or General Practice Nursing.

Features and benefits of the course

The course incorporates specialist practice qualifications in community children’s nursing, district nursing, general practice nursing and community learning disabilities nursing.

About the Course

Mandatory core for award units are specific to the specialist pathway qualification and include:
-Principles of public health
-Contemporary issues in Community Practice
-Developing Leadership and Professional Practice
-Evidence-based Practice

If you are studying on a General Practice Nurse (GPN) or Community Learning Disability Nursing (CLDN) route you will choose an elective. To ensure that the unit is appropriate to your field of practice its selection will be determined following discussion with yourself and the seconding/sponsoring trust. Electives include:
-Community practitioner nurse prescribing;
-Collaboration and health information for service users;
-Applying Ethical and Critical Thinking to Practice Based Dilemmas
-Contraception, reproduction and sexual health.

On completion of the 40 week programme of study, you may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Health, incorporating the specialist pathway qualification.

Assessment details

Assessment strategies are devised to equip students with skills that can be used in their professional development and clinical practice (eg. written reports and journal articles, giving presentations, developing portfolios).

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A letter of intent that expresses professional and educational goals as it relates to the program. Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form. Read more
• A letter of intent that expresses professional and educational goals as it relates to the program.
• Submission of three letters of recommendation, using the required recommendation form.
• Résumé or curriculum vitae.

E-mail: • Phone: 315-267-2165

Visit http://www.potsdam.edu/graduate to view the full application checklist and online application.

The Master of Science in Community Health prepares public health professionals to address public health issues in diverse popula- tions. The curriculum fosters development of core public health competencies, training students to plan, implement, and evaluate rural health initiatives. Through coursework, research, and community engagement, students will acquire the practical skills necessary to respond to public health needs in rural settings. Program start date: Fall

Required Program Courses

Minimum of 45 credit hours

HLTH 600, Social/Behavioral Determinants
HLTH 605, Biostatistics HLTH 610, Epidemiology
HLTH 620, Current Topics in Rural Health
HLTH 625, Research and Assessment
HLTH 630, Health Disparities
HLTH 640, Program Planning
HLTH 645, Program Evaluation
HLTH 651, Environmental and Occupational Health
HLTH 655, Health Policy and Administration
HLTH 690, Internship I
HLTH 691, Internship II
HLTH 696, Professional Project I
HLTH 697, Professional Project II

Electives: 3-6 credit hours

Uniqueness of Program

Graduates of the M.S. program will be prepared to identify, prevent and solve health problems as well as develop and evaluate health-related programs and policies, especially those affecting rural health populations. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time students. Many of our graduates will serve as managers, administrators, re- searchers, and educators. The MS offers graduates a breadth of knowledge they can apply to almost any public health topic, such as: STI prevention; promotion of breast or other cancer screenings; substance abuse prevention; or the promotion of physical activity and nutrition.

Testimonials

“Interning at Cornell Cooperative Extension has given me a look at what Community Health is all about. To work directly with the population in need is not only eye-opening, but extremely rewarding. I really feel that I have grown from this experience in a number of ways.” —Emily Nye, CCE Intern

“My internship at Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley provided me with unforgettable memories and experiences. The projects I was able to complete while interning at Hospice were things I never dreamed possible. The amazing and courageous staff deserves all the thanks in the world for what they do on a day-to-day basis. This internship was truly a once in a lifetime experience.” —Kaley Arsenault, Hospice Intern

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The Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate level programs of study ranging from certificates to the PhD. Read more

Nursing

The Decker School of Nursing provides excellent preparation in nursing education, scholarship and practice, and offers graduate level programs of study ranging from certificates to the PhD. The Decker School of Nursing graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 19, 2019.

In the Master of Science program (MS), students select one of four functional roles to pursue as a clinical nurse specialist, administrator, educator or nurse practitioner. Dual roles are also available for additional credit.

The Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists to respond more efficiently to changes in health care delivery and emerging health care needs. The DNP focuses on providing leadership for evidence-based practice, and will incorporate the advanced practice content currently included in the master's program.

Recent Doctorate in Nursing Practice graduate placements include: Nurse Practitioner for New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Family Nurse Practitioner for Vestal Medical Associates, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center. Furthermore, our graduates pioneer in research, development, and new initiatives, such as one of our 2012 graduates who initiated an independent Nurse Practitioner primary care practice, Blue Ridge Medical Center.

Graduate Degrees Offered

MS in Nursing in the following specialty areas (Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator/Nurse Administrator programs available):
- Community Health Nursing
- Family Nursing
- Adult-Gerontological Nursing
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

Graduates of the program in community health nursing are prepared to provide care to individuals, families, groups and communities.
Students choose functional preparation in one of four roles:
- Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Administrator

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation (three letters of recommendation for DNP applicants)
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
- Nursing licensure

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Depending on your desired program, you must also meet the following requirements:
MS:
- Undergraduate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited school of nursing
- Previous, successful completion of a course in descriptive statistics
- Computer literacy skills
- A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse
- One year of full-time employment as a registered nurse is strongly encouraged (Candidates without one year of previous full-time employment may wish to consider enrolling in a part-time program while they acquire the needed work experience)
- Note: all applicants are required to have taken and passed the NCLEX examination prior to the start of clinical courses

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This degree meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for community nursing specialist practice. District nursing is an exciting, challenging, varied and rewarding role; a specialism providing care and support to patients living in the community. Read more
This degree meets the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for community nursing specialist practice. District nursing is an exciting, challenging, varied and rewarding role; a specialism providing care and support to patients living in the community. This course is focused towards inspiring, innovating and implementing improvements in the quality of specialist district nursing care. Community healthcare is undergoing rapid and immense change following structural changes and reorganisation within NHS Wales. Policy driven by changes in demography, technology and economics have set community nursing as the future.

District nursing means working collaboratively with patients, family, carers, other community nurses, health professionals and individuals from both statutory and voluntary organisations. The degree will focus towards enhancement of your leadership skills. It requires engagement in reflective inquiry, self-awareness, assertiveness and critical thinking skills. Excellence in case load management is also fostered.

Delivery of care includes assessment, diagnosis, prescribing, follow up and discharge for a diverse range of patients including those with acute conditions, highly complex care needs, long term health conditions, safe guarding needs, requiring wound management health promotion, palliative and end of life care.

The degree is fully funded by the Welsh Government and gives you a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the contemporary primary and community health agenda. It will support your progression towards becoming a district nursing leader for the future. When you successfully complete this degree, you will have the NMC recordable specialist practice qualification in Community Health District Nursing.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/944-msc-community-health-studies-district-nursing

What you will study

Modules:
Year One
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
- Decision Making
- Specialist Practitioner

Year Two:
Core module
- Research methods
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing

Optional modules:
- Transition
- Living well with long-term health conditions
- Diabetes care
- Minor illness for Primary Care Nurses
- Continuing care for children and young people
- Advances in epilepsy care

After two years you will attain a recordable specialist practice qualification with the NMC and an option to exit the course with a PgDiploma.

Year Three:
- Dissertation

After three years you will attain the MSc qualification.

Please note modules and module content may change from time to time.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study, workshops and a clinical placement. As part of the course you will complete 40 academic days which run from September to May.

Year one requires attendance every Tuesday. In your second year lectures will be delivered on various days depending on which modules you choose. In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not, placements may be negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence. All students are required to organise a tripartite meeting between student, mentor and academic supervisor during the first month in order to set objectives for clinical learning.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Undertaking this course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.

Facilities

As part of the Decision Making module you will use the Hydra Suite which is used to help analyse and improve decision making for a variety of scenarios faced by professionals within district nursing.

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The MSc Community Health Studies is a natural progression route for graduate nurses who desire to develop mastery in specialist practice, in line with the Post Registration Nursing Career Framework (WAG, 2010). Read more
The MSc Community Health Studies is a natural progression route for graduate nurses who desire to develop mastery in specialist practice, in line with the Post Registration Nursing Career Framework (WAG, 2010).

The course aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care. It will develop problem-solving skills and prepare you to take a leadership role in the community context.

The degree meets the specific requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for community nursing competence. The NMC states that to achieve specialist practitioner status, graduates must have achieved prescribed standards, both core and community-specific.

When you successfully complete this degree, you will have a recordable specialist practice qualification in Community Health Studies Practice Nursing.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/945-msc-community-health-studies-practice-nursing

What you will study

Modules

Year One:
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
- Decision Making
- Specialist Practitioner

Year Two:
Core module
- Research methods

Optional modules
- Independent Prescribing
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
- Transition
- Long-term health conditions
- Diabetes care
- Minor illness for Primary Care Nurses
- Continuing care for children and young people
- Advances in epilepsy care

After 2 years you will attain a recordable specialist practice qualification with the NMC and an option to exit the course with a PgDiploma.

Year Three
- Dissertation

After 3 years you will attain the MSc qualification.

Learning and teaching methods

You will complete 40 academic days which run from September to June. Year one requires attendance every Tuesday.

In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not placements maybe negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workshops.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Undertaking this course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.

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The MSc Advanced Practice (Community Health Studies) course aims to offer a flexible and innovative educational opportunity to professionals working within community health and social care settings in order to develop and enhance practice. Read more
The MSc Advanced Practice (Community Health Studies) course aims to offer a flexible and innovative educational opportunity to professionals working within community health and social care settings in order to develop and enhance practice.

Advanced clinical practice is an evolving process in which new skills are continuously being developed and refined in response to the needs of clients and the development of services in community settings. This course has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in these settings by providing a range of modules to enable you to explore and develop your own practice.

Distinctive features:

• The opportunity to explore and analyse the changing needs of professional and clinical practice and develop the skills to deliver specialist areas of care.

• The opportunity to undertake an innovative course that offers a range of shared learning opportunities.

• The opportunity to undertake a course in which there is an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment, enabling students to access the latest evidence base on professional practice.

• The opportunity to undertake an innovative and creative course delivered by experienced educational and clinical staff who have developed a considerable local, national and international reputation.

• The opportunity to learn in a School which is an accredited Joanna Briggs Centre.

Structure

There is a full-time (18 month) or part-time (4 years) specialist pathway of the MSc in Advanced Practice.

For a list of modules for the FULL-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/advanced-practice-msc

For a list of the modules for the PART-TIME route, please see website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/advanced-practice-community-health-studies-msc-part-time

Teaching

The notion of adult learning will inform the learning and teaching process and a range of learning and teaching methods will be used. Students enter the course with a wide range of skills and experiences and some may hold senior positions. These experiences will be used to enhance the learning process. Postgraduate degree level study involves taking responsibility for your own learning and this will be encouraged throughout the course. The learning and teaching methods range from tutorials, to student-led seminars, dialogue, problem-based learning, appreciative inquiry, skills workshops, self-directed study, discussion and debate and expert-led lectures.

Assessment

The assessments used within the MSc programme relate to the measurement of professional, academic and where appropriate clinical practice. This includes written work such as reflective narratives, evidence-based literature reviews, essays and research critiques, examinations, case study analysis, practical tests, oral presentations, seminars, video and playback, tape recordings, viva, dissertations, project work and completion of portfolios.

Each assessment is accompanied by written guidelines and assessment criteria based on the QAA Code of Practice for assessments (QAA 2006). Wherever possible a proforma is produced to accompany a summative assessment. This may be in the form of marking criteria, competencies to be achieved, standards etc with clear guidelines relating to what is being assessed. This correlates with the learning outcomes of the programme/module.

Career Prospects

Advanced clinical practice is an evolving process in which new skills are continuously being developed and refined in response to the needs of clients and the development of services in community settings. This course has been designed to meet the needs of practitioners working in these settings by providing a range of modules to enable you to explore and develop your own practice.

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This course is for students who have completed the PGDip in Community Health Care Nursing and who wish to develop their academic skills in undertaking relevant research for practice. Read more
This course is for students who have completed the PGDip in Community Health Care Nursing and who wish to develop their academic skills in undertaking relevant research for practice.

This course will assist the practitioner to advance in their area of specialist practice. It will also assist with the dissemination of advanced knowledge skills to other colleagues, learners and other practitioners.

What will this course cover?

The course is based on a work based project involving primary research and/or an extended literature review in their area of interest.
You will then need to produce a dissertation based on that project of about 15.000 words.

Support and supervision for the dissertation will be offered on an individual basis and guided reading for further study will be provided as necessary.

Why choose this course?

On successful completion of the programme a graduate will be able to:
• show a systematic approach to the analysis of research in the context of professional practice delivery.
• make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate conclusions clearly.
• demonstrate mastery in the understanding of the approaches to the delivery and evaluation of quality health and social care in the community setting.
• Show a systematic approach to the analysis of research in the context of professional practice delivery.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Students will be allocated a supervisor for the duration of the study who will be a member of the academic teaching team for the course with an interest in the area of study. The students will be provided with a handbook to guide and support them through the dissertation process.

Students will meet as a group on a number of occasions throughout the year according to expressed need for guidance on the process of undertaking the research project and discussion of experiences with other students.

They will be offered the opportunity to present their ongoing findings to the group either face to face or online. In addition to this, students will be invited to attend the research seminars presented by staff working in the Faculty Research Centre.

The virtual learning environment will be fully utilised to support students in distance learning and communication will be maintained through discussion boards with supervisors and other students.

Careers

This course gives you an understanding of the complexities of working within a community setting, giving an increased awareness of strategic influences on policy.

With the changing demographics of patients being cared for in their own homes, this programme provides you with an underpinning knowledge to equip you with skills to care effectively for patients/clients in their own homes or community settings.

How to apply

Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/

Funding

There are a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students which include sponsorship, bursaries, scholarships and loans: http://bucks.ac.uk/fees_funding/postgraduate-masters-scholarships/

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The MSc Community Health Studies is a natural progression route for graduate nurses who desire to develop mastery in specialist practice, in line with the Post Registration Nursing Career Framework (WAG, 2010). Read more
The MSc Community Health Studies is a natural progression route for graduate nurses who desire to develop mastery in specialist practice, in line with the Post Registration Nursing Career Framework (WAG, 2010).

The course aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care. It will develop problem-solving skills and prepare you to take a leadership role in the community context.

The degree meets the specific requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for community nursing competence. The NMC states that to achieve specialist practitioner status, graduates must have achieved prescribed standards, both core and community-specific.

When you successfully complete this degree, you will have a recordable specialist practice qualification in Community Learning Disability Nursing.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/943-msc-community-health-studies-community-learning-disabilities-nursing

What you will study

Year One:
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
- Decision Making
- Specialist Practitioner

Year Two:
Core module
- Research methods

Optional modules
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
- Transition
- Long-term health conditions
- Diabetes care
- Minor illness for Primary Care Nurses
- Continuing care for children and young people
- Advances in epilepsy care

After 2 years you will attain a recordable specialist practice qualification with the NMC and an option to exit the course with a PgDiploma.

Year Three:
- Dissertation

Learning and teaching methods

You will complete 40 academic days which run from September to June. Year one requires attendance every Tuesday.

In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not placements maybe negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workshops.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Undertaking this course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.

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The Department of Community Health Sciences represents a diverse set of individual, family, and population health needs in a variety of health, education, and community settings. Read more
The Department of Community Health Sciences represents a diverse set of individual, family, and population health needs in a variety of health, education, and community settings. Students acquire foundation competencies in core areas of research and professional practice in their specialization areas.

Course-Based Programs

-Master of Disability & Community Studies (MDCS) * Currently not accepting students
-Master of Community Medicine (MCM) *Currently not accepting students

Thesis-Based Programs

-Master of Science (MSc)

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The Dalla Lana School of Public Health enrols more than 400 graduate students in its master's and doctoral degree programs. In addition, the school has more than 40 postgraduate students in its two Royal College Residency programs. Read more
The Dalla Lana School of Public Health enrols more than 400 graduate students in its master's and doctoral degree programs. In addition, the school has more than 40 postgraduate students in its two Royal College Residency programs: Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine. The school is also engaged in teaching at the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

The Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health offers five graduate degrees, available both full-time and part-time. With the exception of the Bioethics program, applicants are strongly advised to have some background in statistics and quantitative methods. In addition, field and employment experience are considered, especially for the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. Documented interest and experience in global health is required for participation in the Global Public Health emphasis.

The Master of Science in Community Health (MScCH) degree is an innovative program designed to meet the needs of experienced health professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in public health. It is intended for practising health professionals and/or individuals who can demonstrate significant experience in the health care field. Five fields are offered:
-Addictions and Mental Health
-Family and Community Medicine
-Health Practitioner Teacher Education
-Occupational Health Care
-Wound Prevention and Care

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Public Health and Health Promotion at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Public Health and Health Promotion at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The Public Health and Health Promotion course aims to:

• enable students to gain theoretical knowledge in relation to public health and health promotion, research and practice insight

• completion to MSc level further enables the student to complete a primary research study of relevance to public health and health promotion

The Public Health and Health Promotion course is mapped to the National Occupational Standards, Public Health Career Framework and contributes to attainment of practitioner and/ or specialist public health status (UKPHR).

Key Features of Public Health and Health Promotion

Teaching and Employability:

- students will be able to critically evaluate theoretical and philosophical perspectives underpinning public health and health promotion

- develop students’ research knowledge and skills in research methods, utilising evidence and disseminating research findings to inform public health and health promotion practice

- a unique advantage of the programme is its application to practice and the inclusion of practice observation

The Public Health and Health Promotion course focuses on public health and health promotion and is both research-led and practice driven.

The Public Health and Health Promotion course develops students’ skills to provide students with relevant health information and the skills necessary to achieve change and to influence health policy at all levels.

The Public Health and Health Promotion programme covers historical background, current developments and future direction potentials of relevance in health and innovation in public health and health promotion practice.

A particular strength of the Public Health and Health Promotion course is the short observation placement module, enabling students to experience an area of practice interest as part of their development.

Students on the Public Health and Health Promotion course also undertake a primary research study as a requirement for completion to MSc qualification.

Modules

Modules on the Public Health and Health Promotion course typically include:

Developing Programmes and Evaluation

Health Protection

Foundations in Health Promotion

Foundations in Research

Public Health Practice

Public Health Evidence and Epidemiology

Management and Leadership for Public Health Practice

Public Health Ethics

Public Health and Health Promotion Course Structure

Full-time Public Health and Health Promotion students will study two days a week (Wednesdays and Fridays) from October to April and dissertations submitted in September of the same year. Part-time Public Health and Health Promotion students will study one day a week (Wednesdays in the first year, Fridays in the second year) over two years, and dissertations are submitted in September of the third year. All modules are core and therefore required to be successfully passed, there are no optional modules available in the Public Health and Health Promotion programme.

Staff Expertise

Public Health and Health Promotion staff members delivering these different modules and significant contributors and are considered expert in their fields. They include:

Senior Lecturer Rachel Hopkins

Professor Jane Thomas

Dr Gill Spedding

Professor Deb Fitzsimmons

Senior Lecturer Tony Duffy

Dr Pete King

Lecturer Ruth Hopkins

Dr Stephanie Best

Dr Alison Hann

Professor Joy Merrell

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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The programme can be studied on a full or part time basis, the full time programme is 52 weeks long and part time is 104. Your learning will be 50% theory and 50% practice, and both components are equally weighted for assessment purposes. Read more
The programme can be studied on a full or part time basis, the full time programme is 52 weeks long and part time is 104. Your learning will be 50% theory and 50% practice, and both components are equally weighted for assessment purposes. You will normally be sponsored or seconded by an NHS Trust who provide a practice placement and a Practice Teacher / Mentor who will support your 50% learning in practice. They work in collaboration with the academic team and have a key role in facilitating your practice learning and opportunities, providing support, supervision and guidance in practice to ensure the award outcomes for practice are met.
The programme includes a range of core and route specific option modules which means you will be exposed to a range of opportunities enabling you to become a critical reflector; able to analyse and evaluate theory and practice from an evidence base; identify need; instigate, lead and manage change in complex and demanding situations.
A variety of teaching and learning methods including web based learning are incorporated into the modules. Assessment strategies are planned to ensure that theoretical concepts are linked to practice.
You will have the opportunity to undertake modules with a range of other professionals including post qualified children’s social work students.

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This programme focuses on public health nursing and prepares qualified nurses for registration on the Social Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. Read more
This programme focuses on public health nursing and prepares qualified nurses for registration on the Social Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. Applicants will choose a defined area of practice either health visiting or school nursing. Both of these pathways promote the health of individuals, groups and populations and prevent ill health through taking a pro-active approach to practice.

Through partnership working, health visitors and school nurses seek to enable clients to take control of their lives whilst safeguarding vulnerable individuals and populations. Public health work that promotes social inclusion and reduces inequalities in health is central to practice. You will be encouraged to identify your learning needs in professional practice, in partnership with your practice teacher, and to develop competencies in areas that will enable you to meet the course learning outcomes. You will be allocated a personal tutor in the University who will help provide academic and professional support whilst you are a student.

Should I take the BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification?

Depending on the level of your existing qualifications you will either undertake the BSc (Hons) course, or the PgDip qualification. If you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelor's degree you should take this course - the PgDip. If you qualified as a nurse with an undergraduate Diploma you should take the BSc (Hons) School Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme. The content of the courses is the same.

Modules

You will normally complete all eight units, including a professional practice unit relevant to the defined pathway.

Core units:

Evaluating research for health care
A public health approach to promoting health and well-being
Developing professional practice for school nursing
Protecting vulnerable children
Mental health and well-being of families
Developing leadership and management skills for SCPHN

Optional:

Community nurse prescriber (V100)

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.

Employability

This programme is for qualified nurses who wish to further develop their professional knowledge and skills to enable them to work as health visitors in the community promoting the health of children and families or school nurses working with the school-aged population. Qualified Specialist Community Public Health Nurses may also obtain employment in the wider field of public health, for example, in community development work.

Students on the BSc programme may wish to further their studies in the field of public health. Postgraduate Diploma students may study for an MSc in SCPHN through doing a dissertation after qualifying as a SCPHN. Take a look at our online CPPD prospectus for more information about CPD options.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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The course aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care. Read more
The course aims to develop professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base for community nursing care. It will develop problem-solving skills and prepare you to take a leadership role in the community context.

The degree meets the specific requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for community nursing competence. The NMC states that to achieve specialist practitioner status, graduates must have achieved prescribed standards, both core and community-specific.

When you successfully complete this degree, you will have a recordable specialist practice qualification in Children’s Community Nursing.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/942-msc-community-health-studies-children's-community-nursing

What you will study

Year One:
- Fundamentals of Community Practice
- Decision Making
- Specialist Practitioner

Year Two:
Core module
- Research methods

Optional modules:
- Law, ethics and nurse prescribing
- Transitions and Continuations of Care
- Long-term health conditions
- Diabetes care
- Minor illness for Primary Care Nurses

After 2 years you will attain a recordable specialist practice qualification with the NMC and an option to exit the course with a PgDiploma.

Year Three:
- Dissertation

After 3 years you will attain the MSc qualification.

Learning and teaching methods

You will complete 40 academic days which run from September to June. Year one requires attendance every Tuesday.

In addition you will undertake 40 clinical days per year. Ideally you should be working in a community setting, however if you are not placements maybe negotiated. While in practice, you will be assigned a mentor who will assess your clinical competence.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, tutorials, self-directed study and workshops.

If you have undertaken the Fundamentals of Community Practice Module (30 credits) within the last five years, this can be transferred to the degree.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Undertaking this course ensures you will graduate with the knowledge, skills, competencies and capacity to provide safe and effective nursing care in community settings. Additionally, having employees with a specialist practitioner qualification is valued by nursing managers, commissioners and the Welsh Government.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods including writing essays and case studies, formal presentations, poster presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews and clinical practice assessments.

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