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Combining taught modules and hands-on practice, this course will give you the aptitude and skills you will need to meet the many challenges of modern healthcare while enhancing your academic, professional and clinical prowess.

If you are a registered nurse or midwife, choosing our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) course sets you on the path to qualify as a health visitor, a career which will see you working with children and families and having a significant impact on their lives. We can help further nurture your skills so that you can make your own mark in this profession and the future of public health.

What you will study

Completion of our academic award for MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) allows you to register the award with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Continually updated to match the evolving nature of healthcare, this course addresses the high-level clinical skills and in-depth understanding that prospective employers want to see in this field. By providing you with the experience and knowledge you need, the strong links to hands-on practice also help you towards a more seamless transition into a professional position.

Enhancing your understanding of the many intricacies and challenges of modern healthcare, we’ll also give you access to the pioneering research we conduct at Surrey to enhance your studies. During you time with us, we’ll also teach important values of modern healthcare such as compassion, advocacy, good communication, teamwork skills and respect and understanding of patients. 

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an approved programme for the specialist community public health nursing part of the register.

Course lengths

Our full-time course runs for 52 weeks (12 months). This is the timeframe in which you can achieve a recordable SCPHN qualification for health visitor or school nurse. To achieve the full MSc, you need to take an additional 16 months’ part-time study to finish the dissertation module. 

Our part-time course runs for 104 weeks (24 months). In order for you to get the SCPHN qualification for health visitor or school nurse, you will also need do an extra 16 months of further part-time study to do the dissertation module and complete the full MSc. You need to complete the MSc within five years of starting the course. 

Further course information

We’ve tailored our course so that it meets the requirements of the NMC for registering the qualification of Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN). 

You can complete the PG Diploma within 52 weeks for full-time students and 104 weeks for part-time students. If you wish to exit, there is also an option to obtain a postgraduate diploma within the respective 52 or 104 weeks. You can also continue with your studies for a further 16 months’, part-time, to complete your dissertation module and finish the full MSc. 

You need to complete the MSc within five years of starting the course.


Visit the Public Health Practice with SCPHN: Health Visiting (MSc) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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