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Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) (PG Dip)

Course content

Specialise in improving the health and wellbeing of children, family and populations. Combining theory and practice, our course will prepare you for part three Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) registration on completion.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting-or-school-nursing

Take your nursing or midwifery qualifications a step further with our challenging public health course. It leads to a Postgraduate Diploma that you can then ‘top up’ to a Masters Degree.

You’ll learn through a structured series of taught modules, which are interspersed with high-quality placements guided by experienced practice teachers.

The curriculum covers the theory and practicalities of working with children and families, as well as wider public health challenges such as critical policy review and strategic leadership & commissioning.

You can also expand your nursing responsibilities with the Nurse Prescribing module. On completing the course you can register to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary.

Theory: one to two days per week, 9am–4pm; practice: one to three days per week, 9am–5pm.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/specialist-community-public-health-nursing-health-visiting-or-school-nursing


You’ll be qualified to work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, with skills that are also applicable to other roles in public health, safeguarding or primary care and community agencies.

Work placements

Placements range from one to three days a week, with a final ten-week, five-day-a-week period of consolidated practice at the end.

- Links with industry and professional recognition
Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Core modules

Research in Public Health Theory
Leadership, Commissioning and Public Health Practice
Fundamentals of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
Enhanced Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
Critical Policy Review
Consolidated Practice
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing - see notes below

In some cases, you will be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with either of the optional modules. You will choose one of the two optional modules below.

Optional modules:
Understanding Contraception and Sexual Health (School Nursing only)
Work-Based Learning

You may be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with one of the two above optional modules. This is only applicable to you if you already have a Nurse Prescribing qualification recorded with the NMC (health visiting students) or if the Nurse Prescribing module is not relevant to your future qualified role (school nursing students). Should this be the case, you will need to get agreement from your organisation and from the university. Modules are subject to change.


You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including, essays, case studies, a critical incident analysis, competency based portfolio and a critical policy review.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly and experienced staff.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) (PG Dip) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!






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