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MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Course content

The programme of study is made up of theory and practice based learning. This allows registered nurses and midwives to enhance their professional skills to a specialist level in one of the two routes offered.

The design of the course is grounded in public health practice. This is in keeping with its overall aim and the statutory requirements set down by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2004).

This 52 week full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme comprises 22.5 weeks of theoretical study and 22.5 weeks of learning in the practice setting under the supervision of a Practice Teacher and specialist mentor. This full time route comprises 2 days attendance at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, 2 days in practice and 1 study day per week during term time.

The course is funded by the Welsh Government and entry on to the programme is through joint application and interview by the sponsoring NHS Trust and Glyndwr University.

Key Course Features

-Successful completion of the programme enables you to register on Part III of the NMC register and practise as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

-The course includes the Community Nurse Prescribing V100 programme (integrated in the Specialist Practice modules) which you will be able to record with the NMC.

-The degree prepares you for practice through learning and assessment in the practice context.

-Students who follow the post graduate routes may have the opportunity to return to complete a Masters degree on a part-time basis if they exited with and postgraduate certificate or complete a dissertation on a part-time basis and gain the Masters degree. This will develop your skills of evaluation, originality in thinking and research, so if you decide to study through to Masters level you’d be able to go on to undertake Doctoral level study.

-Modular route allows students to complete modules with full time students as and when they can join the programme.

What Will You Study?


  • Family approaches to health for health visitors and school nurses 
  • V100 prescribing
  • Individual approaches to health for health visitors and school nurses (including associated practice period)
  • Population approaches to Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • Leadership in Health Care Practice
  • Process of Enquiry at Level 6/Research Methods at Level 7

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

Assessment is via written assignments, reflections, short exams, presentations and a portfolio which assesses competence in practice.

Career Prospects

Health Visiting is a diverse, satisfying and challenging role that involves bonding with families over time. It suits nurses and midwives with an interest in health promotion, public health and working in the community.

Health visitors are best placed to help families and young children. In fact, a growing body of evidence underlines the importance of the role in the first few years of a person's life and in recognition of these facts the Welsh Government have currently increased the recruitment numbers for Health Visitor training. The English Government have also increased recruitment of health visitors and therefore employment prospects with NHS Employers are good.

School nurses provide a variety of services such as providing health and sex education within schools, carrying out developmental screening, undertaking health interviews and administering immunisation programmes. School nurses can be employed by the local health authority, community NHS providers or by a school directly.

It may also be beneficial for individuals looking to pursue public health nursing as either a health visitor or school nurse to try and spend some time shadowing a current health visitor or school nurse in order to find out more about what the role entails.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Visit the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing page on the Wrexham Glyndwr University website for more details!




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