Undergraduate study
Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health)

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health)
BSc (Hons)


Course overview

This Nursing and Midwifery Council approved course leads to registration on Part 3 of the register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health). If you are a nurse or midwife looking to become a public health nurse, this course is ideal for you.

A public health approach to healthcare provision requires particular knowledge and skills. This course is designed to educate nurses and midwives to become public health nurses so that they can contribute positively to the new public health agenda in the context of the working environment and gain employment as occupational health nurses.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the course you will gain a professional qualification registrable on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Occupational Health).

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Course details

The course outcomes reflect the Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and encapsulate the ten principles which underpin public health nursing. The course is a practice-centred course. It is delivered on a 50% taught theory and 50% practice basis over 52 programmed weeks for the one-year full-time route and 104 programmed weeks for the two-year part-time route. Practice-based learning is central and you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

During the course you explore evidence appraisal. This facilitates understanding of the evidence which underpins and supports practice. You study the health needs of the working environment, the recognition of hazards and risks, health and safety law, health surveillance and sickness absence management. You explore public health and practice facilitating development of your relevant knowledge in relation to the current public health agenda. Leadership in relation to occupational health practice is also addressed. Your practice experience enables you to link your theoretical knowledge base to practice. There is a ten-week period of supervised practice at the end of the course.

Course structure

Modules for this course will appear here soon.

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Theory encompasses a range of teaching methods which include lectures, seminars, problem-based learning scenarios, role play, peer review and presentations. Learning in practice placement is supported with the development of a practice portfolio, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts and reflective dialogue and discussion.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You're expected to

  • have 120 credits at certificate level and 120 credits at diploma level (or equivalent)

  • have a valid registration on Part 1 or Part 2 of the NMC professional register (defined area of practice regulations apply)

  • be sponsored by an employing organisation that guarantees your supernumerary status throughout the course (see standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses, pp19-20, NMC, 2004)

  • have a nominated practice teacher* who contributes to your teaching and assessment process, providing you with the opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills you need for complex and professional practice and to lead as a specialist community public health nursing practitioner.

*In accordance with the NMC (2008) Standards to support learning and assessment in practice.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Increased employment opportunities will be available in the public health sector including public health nursing and occupational health practice.



Entry to 2018/19 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year
  • Typical offer: 120 credits at Diploma level or above

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From Sept 2018 entry

  • Length: 2-4 years part-time
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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