Why study Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing) Full-Time at ARU, Anglia Ruskin University?
Take your nursing or midwifery qualifications a step further with our challenging public health course. It leads to a Postgraduate Diploma that you can then ‘top up’ to a Masters Degree.
You’ll learn through a structured series of taught modules, which are interspersed with high-quality placements guided by experienced practice teachers.
The curriculum covers the theory and practicalities of working with children and families, as well as wider public health challenges such as critical policy review and strategic leadership & commissioning.
You can also expand your nursing responsibilities with the Nurse Prescribing module. On completing the course you can register to prescribe from the community practitioners’ formulary.
You’ll be qualified to work as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, with skills that are also applicable to other roles in public health, safeguarding or primary care and community agencies.
Placements range from one to three days a week, with a final ten-week, five-day-a-week period of consolidated practice at the end.
Links with industry and professional recognition
Our course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Modules & assessment
- Research in Public Health Theory
- Leadership, Commissioning and Public Health Practice
- Fundamentals of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
- Enhanced Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)
- Critical Policy Review
- Consolidated Practice
- Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing - see notes below
In some cases, you will be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with either of the optional modules. You will choose one of the two optional modules below.Optional modules
- Understanding Contraception and Sexual Health (School Nursing only)
- Work-Based Learning
You may be able to replace the Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing module with one of the two above optional modules. This is only applicable to you if you already have a Nurse Prescribing qualification recorded with the NMC (health visiting students) or if the Nurse Prescribing module is not relevant to your future qualified role (school nursing students). Should this be the case, you will need to get agreement from your organisation and from the university. Modules are subject to change.Assessment
You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, including, essays, case studies, a critical incident analysis, competency based portfolio and a critical policy review.