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BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

Institution code: 

One year full-time.

Typical Offer: 

Qualifications, employment and professional registration are all required for this course.

Please see Entry Requirements below.


This BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing degree was developed in response to the growing need for practitioners to respond to the emerging public health policy agenda and its requirement to develop knowledge, understanding and skills of public health approaches to practice (Department of Health 2003; Department of Health 2004a; Department of Health 2004b; Department of Health 2005a; Department of Health 2005b; Department of Health 2006, Department of Health 2008, Department of Health 2010). 

Such a context of practice requires that health care professionals develop a comprehensive range of skills to enable them to develop and lead population based services designed to tackle inequalities in health, prevent ill health and work in partnership with individuals, families and communities. Actualising health for wellbeing in meaningful, ethical and caring ways for individuals and communities requires leadership and public health at honours level thinking, and beyond.

The BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing has been developed to enable any nurse or midwife, registered on either the Nursing or Midwifery parts of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register, to qualify and practice as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) within the identified fields of health visiting and school nursing.

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Course modules

The content for this specialist community public health nursing programme enables the achievement of the ten standards of proficiency for the safe and effective practice of SCPHNs (NMC, 2004). 

This course offers the opportunity for students to follow a particular identified field of practice in either health visiting or school nursing. It is anticipated that on successful completion of this programme the student will not only be in a position to practice as a specialist community public health nurse but will also be able to further their development and consider opportunities in a variety of public health and practice roles.

The programme is committed to ongoing development of SCPHNs and is contemporary in its content and delivery. A blended learning approach is used with time spent at University and in practice; students are supported in practice by an experienced practice teacher. Innovative methods of teaching incorporate virtual learning, wikis, blogs and discussions to enhance student focused education. The programme incorporates current research and development to enhance quality in practice.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Fees and finance

The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing courses are either commissioned by the Health Education East of England or contract funded. Please contact the Infozone for further information regarding fees.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

Professional qualification and first degree, or evidence of working at Masters or the ability to work at this level.

Also see How to Apply

Non-academic Requirements
Current registration with the NMC and employment in health/social care setting.


Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer

Lecturer in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing