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Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing

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  • Objectives
    The Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing will be delivered in line with the standards of proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses [SCPHN], NMC 2004, for health visiting, school nursing and occupational health nursing. The course will address the new competencies as they relate to public health. Key issues will address contemporary public health challenges of the 21st century, including the reduction of health inequalities, partnership and mutual responsibility, economic and social factors.
  • Entry requirements
    You must be a registered nurse with a live NMC registration on the appropriate part/s of the NMC register for your chosen branch, for example, health visiting. Normally two years post-registration experience is required and a good Honours degree in a relevant subject. You will require an appropriate clinical placement and a suitably qualified mentor to undertake this course. There are information sessions throughout the year for candidates to learn more about the course.
  • Academic Title
    PG Dip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
  • Course description
    Course structure
    Approximately 20 words maximum, for example: You will take 4 core modules and 2 designated modules, one of which can be an elective module

    Core modules:
    -Public Health and Health Promotion
    -Social Epidemiology
    -Partnership working and management
    -Public Health Practice

    Designate modules include: (dependent on area of practice)
    -Mental Health Promotion
    -Mental Health in Primary Care
    -Social Research: Principles and Practice
    -Evaluating Research and Evidence Based Practice
    -Community Development
    -Issues in Contemporary Health Policy
    -Family Support and Child protection
    -Health & Safety at Work
    -Health in the City

    You will be assessed via essays, written examination and reports.

    Career opportunities
    On successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma - which carries professional body recognition - students can ‘top up’ their qualification to an MSc in Public Health. This offers improved career opportunities within professional practice.

    Attendance & duration
    -Full-time: 1 year, day/evening
    -Part-time: 2 year, day/evening

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