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Public Health Practice with SCPHN (Health Visiting) - MSc


Course Description

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. 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.
-Leadership and Innovation
-Health Promotion: Partnership and Enablement
-Public Health Assessment
-Research Design and Methodology
-Professional Practice for SCPHN
-Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
-Early Intervention Work with Children, Parents and Carers
-Dissertation

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!

(Student Profile)

Sarah Bolger

“Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey.”

Sarah, a Practice Development Midwife with 15 years’ experience as a qualified nurse and 11 years’ experience as a qualified midwife, explains how a Masters from the University of Surrey has boosted her career prospects.

“I wanted a course that would enable me to consolidate my previous experience and give me the qualification I needed for career progression. I chose the University of Surrey because it offers higher education as part of a contract with local Trusts. I was also looking to study at a university that could rival others at a national and even an international level.

The most challenging aspect of the course was juggling my academic work, working for the Trust and family life. The impact of studying for a Masters on family life can never be underestimated, so time management is key. For me, this often meant studying in the evening, which after a long day at work was gruelling.

Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey. The emphasis wasn’t on taking away my challenges, but providing me with guidance so I could find a path that enabled me to achieve my full potential.

Now I have completed the course, the sense of achievement I have is immeasurable. At Surrey, you’re encouraged to think outside the box and consider new ideas.

Based on the results of my Masters, I have been awarded a full-time funded PhD studentship at Surrey. It’s thanks to the experience I had during my Masters that I had the confidence to even apply.”


(Scholarship)

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]



Entry Requirements

Students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 360 FHEQ Level 4-6 credits, of which at least 120 will be at FHEQ Level 6, and be named on Part One or Part Two of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register (NMC 2006a). Students applying for the Postgraduate Diploma Public Health Practice/MSc Public Health Practice with SCPHN endorsement will also need to secure sponsorship from a community healthcare provider. Advertisements for sponsorship will be on NHS Jobs. There is a joint selection process between the providers and the University.

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