The postgraduate diploma in public health practice: specialist community public health nursing, takes one year to complete.It is designed specifically for nurses and midwives who want to achieve career progression into a community based role. Successful completion of this programme will entitle you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the clearly defined area of specialist community public health nursing.
As a result, graduates typically find employment as a health visitor, school nurse, in sexual health, or as an occupational health nurse.
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Help improve lives in a community and educate young people on health matters as a health visitor or public nurse with the PGDip in Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course. As a public health specialist, you will be involved in providing health care for children, families, individuals and communities through vital skills gained on this course. Learn strategic leadership and management for health and wellbeing to run an effective practice and provide care in the community as a public nurse or as an occupational health nurse.
This PGDip public health practice: specialist community public health nursing qualification is sometimes referred to as the health visitors' diploma.
That's because becoming a qualified health visitor is one of the main career goals of the nurses and midwives who enrol on the programme.
As a student you will gain skills in leading, managing, delivering and enhancing the public health of individuals, groups, and also whole communities.
All of your practice modules will be integrated into the programme, and you will consolidate what you have learned under the supervision of a recognised practice teacher.
Over six core modules, two electives and a dissertation, you explore and critique key concepts and models in public health theory, policy and practice.
The course is interesting to
You explore the links between policy, evidence and practice and you address key questions including
The course builds on the growing importance of health promotion, public health, and health and community development on local, national and international levels.
You learn how successful management of public health requires development of critical approaches to theory, practice, and outcome measurement. We give you the knowledge and skills to be more effective in your role.
You develop knowledge in the 10 key public health competencies and standards needed to join the UK Voluntary Register for Public Health specialists. This registration allows you to work at a senior level in public health.
These include • strategic leadership for health • working with and for communities • developing health programmes and services • reducing inequalities.
If you don’t already work in this sector, we work closely with local health organisations and may be able to provide you with access to work experience that will help you get the most out of your studies and improve your chances of find a job after the course.
International students are most welcome on this course. At Sheffield Hallam University we provide international students with a wealth of support, from pre-arrival right up to, and including, study support whilst you are studying here. Please see the International Experience Team webpage for more information.
Full-time – 18 months (four modules a semester plus dissertation)
Part-time – typically three years (two modules a semester plus dissertation). Part-time students attend four hours a week on campus during the day.
Each of the modules is an independent module of study and can be taken alone. The core modules do, however, have a number of themes developed across them. These include
Choose one from
Students are assessed using a variety of methods: reports, presentations, book reviews and essays and for all but three assessment tasks students are able to choose a public health topic and/or population group on which to focus their work. There are no examinations.
By successfully completing this course, you may find that it makes it easier to gain promotion, or enter jobs in public health departments of primary care trusts. Previous graduates have gained roles such as teenage pregnancy coordinator, health promotion specialist and five-a-day co-ordinator. Others have joined local authorities, the voluntary sector such as Agewell, and become Sure Start managers.
A number of graduates have remained in their roles as health visitors, public health nurses or midwives, working more strategically and in more depth. Overseas students have used the qualification to work successfully in their own countries. Some people have taken the course to work towards becoming a nurse consultant.
The course also provides an excellent foundation for further academic study including PhDs.