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About the course

The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course gives you the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in public health nursing. It is designed to support professionals to establish skills and strategies necessary to promote health and well-being in partnership with individuals and groups in a variety of community settings.

The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course is suitable for all registered nurses who want to achieve registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

The course is suitable for all registered nurses who want to achieve registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. To gain access to this course you need first to secure a secondment/sponsorship from a healthcare employer. You cannot apply directly to this course yourself.

To find sponsorship/secondment opportunities in healthcare organisations please visit the NHS jobs website

If you choose to fund your own studies you are required to find a primary care organisation for practice experience at your own.

During the course you will evaluate the current organisational and professional agendas that influence care delivery in primary healthcare and community settings. The modules that you study place emphasis on the development of leadership and management skills so that when you graduate you will be able to provide effective leadership within a mixed skill team and multi-agency work setting as well as to work proactively in a commissioning environment.

The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course gives you the opportunity to gain specialist skills in two areas of community public health nursing: health visiting and school nursing.

You will combine on campus learning at the University with hands one experience at a practice environment, with an equal allocation of practice and theory hours. Teaching takes place in specialist groups and, in some modules, learning is shared with other nursing students.

Below is a list of modules and credits that you could choose to study:
- Consolidating public health practice* (15 credits)

- Leadership and management (15 credits)

- Partnership working with families for health and wellbeing (15 credits)

- Promoting child and family health and well-being (15 credits)

- Public health: Policy, principles and practice (15 credits)

- Research and evidence-based public health practice (15 credits)

- Universal public health practice* (15 credits)

- Working with families in complex and challenging situations (15 credits)

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/specialist-community-public-health-nursing

Why choose this course?

- The MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course is designed to support professionals to establish skills and strategies necessary to promote health and well-being in partnership with individuals and groups in a variety of community settings

- It is suitable for all registered nurses who want to achieve registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse

- You can specialise in two areas of community public health nursing: health visiting and school nursing

- It combines on campus learning at the University with hands one experience at a practice environment, with an equal allocation of practice and theory hours

Teaching methods

You'll experience a wide variety of learning styles on the MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course. During your studies you'll develop your capacity for self-directed study and your interpersonal skills.

We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research: well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy. Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centred activities.

In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your independent study skills by completing a Major project or dissertation.

You will develop your capacity for independent study and interpersonal skills on this programme. There is an emphasis on structured research, well-prepared written and verbal presentations and computer literacy.

Professional Accreditations

The MSc Specialist Community and Public Health Nursing course leads to entry on the NMC register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in health visiting or school nursing.

Graduates also achieve the V100 prescribing qualification, where local arrangements allow this.

Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

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