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Why Surrey?

Our dynamic MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme enables registered nurses to develop the academic and professional skills needed to qualify as a Health Visitor.

Graduates are equipped to practice in the fast-changing and complex area of public healthcare, deploying advanced critical analysis skills and leading on innovation and change.

Programme overview

Our MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) programme will enable you to obtain an academic award and, through completing a specified period of practice, to register on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

Health Visitors are at the forefront of current government public health policy and our programme is responsive to the dynamic and evolving nature of healthcare.

It also has strong links with practice, encourages shared learning, draws upon an innovative research base and will guide you in displaying the values required in modern healthcare; such as compassion, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Students are sponsored for the NMC Specialist Community Public Health Nurse award by a health care provider organisation.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. Students then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

Students can also study part-time over two academic years, then consolidate their practice and complete their dissertation over a further three years.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme aims to advance the critical and analytical skills of the students to allow critical evaluation of current public health policy and practice, to equip students to initiate, lead and manage change, and to problem solve across disciplines and organisations, drawing on a breadth of knowledge from an inter- professional approach to education.

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Draw on a range of research based information to inform their understanding of the practice of public health and underpin practice and service development
  • Utilise and critically evaluate appropriate tools and screening processes to identify individuals and groups who are at risk and in need of further support
  • Initiate and engage effectively in professional debate over policy and practice issues and development

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Identify and define complex problems and apply relevant knowledge and skills to their solution to protect the public’s health and wellbeing from specific risks
  • Critically analyse and interpret data and communicate information about the health and wellbeing related needs of a defined population
  • Critically evaluate, challenge and apply health policies relating to the wellbeing and protection of groups and communities and their environments
  • Evaluate and apply legal and ethical principles within their own area of practice
  • Recognise and determine complex problems and issues clearly and initiate and manage projects to improve health and wellbeing of individuals and groups
  • Critically evaluate and apply research methodologies and other evidence based knowledge to synthesise information for the advancement of public health practice

Professional practical skills

  • Establish working partnerships to raise awareness about health and social wellbeing and related factors, services and resources
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in an academic or professional arena
  • Identify opportunities to work collaboratively to initiate and develop health programmes and services to reduce inequalities

Key / transferable skills

  • Develop effective communication skills to empower individuals and groups to improve their health and wellbeing
  • Reflect on own and others’ functioning in order to improve practice
  • Develop as an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development
  • Work effectively with a public health team as a member and a leader, clarifying tasks and making effective use of the capacities of group members
  • Become an independent and self-critical learner, able to manage own requirements for continuing professional development

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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






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