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Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

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Full-time: One year

Part-time: Two years

Typical Offer: 

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

Please see Entry Requirements below


(With pathways in Health Visiting and School Nursing)

This programme has been designed for practitioners who wish to develop knowledge, understanding and skills of public health approaches to practice and work in the field of specialist community health nursing –health visiting or school nursing

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. 

The programme is committed to ongoing development of SCPHN’s and is contemporary in its content and delivery. A blended learning approach is used with time spent in university and practice based based learning; students are supported in practice by an experienced practice supervisor and assessor. Innovative methods of teaching incorporate virtual learning to enhance student focused education. 

Current developments in practice are recognising the need for SCPHN practitioners to have enhanced critical thinking, research knowledge, and to become reflective responsive public health practitioners with the potential to lead the delivery of quality services for  individuals and communities.

The School of Health Science is committed to embedding the NHS Constitution Values into everything we do; they define the behaviours and expectations of all our staff and students underpinning the work we do in the university and in the practice setting. You can view the full NHS England Constitution and Values on the Gov.UK website         

There is an opportunity for students, on successful completion of the post graduate diploma, to go on to undertake a further period of research study to achieve a Masters in Public Health Nursing.

Further information about the University's relationship with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

The Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing will enable registered nurses and midwives to achieve the standards of proficiency required to practice and register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (NMC 2004) within the identified fields of health visiting and school nursing. 

The programme for the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing is underpinned by the ten key principles of public health practice which can be grouped into four domains:

  • The search for health needs;
  • Stimulation of awareness of health needs;
  • Influence on policies affecting health;
  • Facilitation of health-enhancing activities.
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

First degree, or evidence of working at Masters or the ability to work at this level

Non-academic Requirements

Current registration with the NMC and employment in health/social care setting.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Senior Lecturer

Course Leader in Postgraduate Diploma District Nursing and Associate Professor

Lecturer in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing