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The course provides opportunities for the development of a critically informed understanding of contemporary issues in community and primary care and encourages an interprofessional approach to the study of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practice.

Course overview

It is known that some sections of society have poorer health than others. This is a central concern and a key focus for public health professionals in reducing health inequalities. Our course is designed to provide you with advanced education and leadership qualities to address the wider determinants of health.

Why Study Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) with us?

This is an NMC-approved course for registration to the SCPHN register, composed of 50% theory and 50% practice, which are integrated across the duration of the course.

We offer a quality experience in a supportive and friendly learning environment, with highly qualified, experienced and dedicated lecturers who make a real difference in educating and shaping future public health practitioners.

You will also spend some time gaining experience in an alternative practice setting that is considered important or that may be a potential area of responsibility.

There is a period of ten weeks at the end of the course, enabling you to consolidate your education and competence in your field of practice.

What will I learn?

You will undertake three core modules, which involve research; therapeutic practice and safeguarding vulnerable groups; and health improvement and wellbeing. You will also undertake three specialist modules, including leadership; advanced specialist practice; and practice learning skills within your own area of practice. Additionally, you will select one optional module.

How will I be taught?

Two days will be given to practice outside University per week, plus there will be two study days in University. Study days are timetabled but there is an expectation for further reading to ensure your academic development.

Teaching methods include classroom contact, seminars and tutorial sessions, which can be individually led or within group context. Placement clusters feature as part of the course, as does study time.

How will I be assessed?

Examples of assessment methods include written assignments, exams, presentations and portfolios.

Course Fees

For our latest fees please visit our website.

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Visit the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing page on the University of Chester website for more details!

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