Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

University of Northampton

12 months
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The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course from the University of Northampton is designed to enable you to study at academic Level 7 (Masters) whilst also preparing you to become proficient practitioners within specialist community public health nursing/practice. 


Course Details

This post registration award prepares you for a career in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing at both strategic and operational levels. The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course from the University of Northampton consists of six compulsory modules, two of these modules are practice focused and incorporate key theoretical concepts enabling theory to inform practice and vice versa. You will have completed a consolidating period of practice equivalent to at least ten weeks by the end of the course, in keeping with NMC SCPHN Standards (2004).

All modules are linked to service delivery and developments within Primary Care/Public Health and are intended to develop your core skills in research, practice development, public health activity and education. You will complete half of the programme in a practice environment which is commensurate with the specific annotation you are following: for example Health Visiting or School Nursing. This element of the programme is supported by designated practice teachers who have undertaken a formal education programme to fulfill this role.

The course will be delivered by a range of teaching methods such as core lectures, group work, online activities, use of case studies and directed learning approaches. Shared learning with other professionals will be a focus of this course and you will be encouraged to develop a critical, evaluative approach to the knowledge which underpins current specialist community public health practice.

Career Opportunities 

  • The specialist nature of this award will enhance your opportunities to extend your responsibilities and take on new roles in practice within clinical teams. 
  • On successful completion of the course, you will be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on the third part of the register and will be able to apply for band 6 and 7 posts as Specialist Community Public Health Practitioners. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods: Philosophy and Study Design
  • Advancing Public Health Leadership
  • Therapeutic Communication Interventions
  • Leading Public Health Practice
  • Advancing Children, Young People and Family Well-being 
  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing Formulary 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Other requirements

General requirements

In order to be eligible for this course you must be:

  • registered with the NMC as either a nurse or midwife, and provide evidence of sponsorship from Provider Services prior to commencing the course. University applications can be made prior to obtaining an offer of sponsorship. 
  • In addition, you will need to hold a first or second class honours degree.
If you do not have the above qualifications, but can demonstrate its equivalent in terms of experience relevant to the programme of study, you may be able to access the course as an associate student. 

Tuition Fee

This course is a sponsored programme through local NHS Trust.

Living costs for Northampton

796 - 1510 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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