Public Health (School Nursing, Health Visiting and District Nursing) MSc / Postgrad Diploma
Nursing is changing with recent shifts to graduate level entry and increasing focus on public health, prevention of ill health and community care. These changes mean more specialist nursing practitioners are required that are competent and confident in clinical, research and leadership knowledge and skills outside hospital contexts.
The Postgraduate Diploma Public Health (School Nursing, Health Visiting and District Nursing) offers qualified, NMC registered nurses and midwives an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and broaden their skills base in ways that can improve health within communities. City offers three specialist community practitioner routes within the Postgraduate Diploma course, these are school nursing, health visiting or district nursing. These routes lead to an academic and professional award.
Students who have successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma may progress to the MSc, most students complete this over one year part-time study.
Who is the course for?
The course is for qualified, NMC registered nurses or midwives who are looking for a new career path in school nursing, health visiting or district nursing.
The course is for individuals who are confident, possess good communication skills and are excited by the prospect of working in the community.
Why study Public Health at City?
- Undertake shared learning between school nursing, health visiting and district nursing students.
- Gain from a rich diversity and wealth of learning opportunities by spending 50% of your learning time in community settings.
- Expand your career opportunities by being eligible to take on posts for school nurses, health visitors and district nurses in local Trusts.
- Undertake modules which are set in the context of the four domains of specialist public health nursing practice
- Graduate from a NMC approved course.
The course is only available to students seconded by the NHS.
Applicants should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. Applicants for the District Nursing route should be registered with the NMC as adult nurses. Applicants for the School Nursing and Health Visiting routes should be on parts one and two of the NMC register.
For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
- IELTS: 7.5.
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:
- Students on courses of more than 6 months
- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.
For more information see our main Visa page.
- Start Date:
- September 2014
- Full-time: One year; Part-time: Two years.
To fully prepare students for specialist nursing roles in the community, the course offers students the opportunity to learn new knowledge and skills. It also promotes shared professional learning about clinical practice, evidence-based practice and leadership. Learning reflects current public health and community care policy agendas.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health is usually undertaken as an intensive one year programme, it may be undertaken over two years of part-time study. Students who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma modules may then opt to undertake a dissertation module to complete the MSc in Public Health.
Successful completion of the School Nursing and Health Visiting routes allows graduates to register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (third part of the NMC register). District Nursing graduates can record their specialist practice qualification with the NMC.
Students undertake seven core modules and one route-specific module, all at Masters level. This is an integrated course where learning is shared between routes so students can exchange ideas and gain a deeper knowledge and insight about their practice. Route-specific learning is offered within the Practice-based, Clinical assessment and Evidence for practice modules.
- Philosophy and Politics of Primary Healthcare
- Innovations in Healthcare: Leadership and Management Perspectives
- Public Health and Society
- Research Methods 1
- Practice-based Module, including Nurse Prescriber Course V100
- Clinical Assessment in Primary Care
- Evidence for practice
Read the full programme specification.
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching and learning methods will include lecture sessions, workshops, small group activities and discussions. On practice placements student learning is supported through portfolio development and guided reflection.
The course comprises 50% theory and 50% practice. When on placement in a community setting, students work with the support of a practice teacher (a qualified practitioner and educator) within their sponsoring NHS Trust. This practice teacher facilitates reflection and learning.
Formative assessment strategies (these are developmental strategies that support learners in passing a final assessment) will include seminar presentations and feedback on the development of practice-based portfolios.
Summative (final or marked) assessment focuses on the evaluation and application of theory and practice through essays, examinations, poster presentations, research proposals and development of a practice portfolio.
Read the full programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £See fees & funding
Funding is provided by the sponsoring NHS Trust from HEE NCEL. Please note there is no self-funding opportunity for this course. We suggest that you carefully consider which NHS Trust you are interested in working for and check that this Trust will sponsor health visiting, school nursing or district nursing students at City University London. To apply for the programme at City University London you must submit an online application through a suitable job vacancy as advertised through NHS Jobs.
You should try to establish a connection with your preferred NHS Trust, particularly if you want to study part time, as you will also have to arrange to work part-time for your sponsoring NHS Trust.
For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.
Successful completion of School Nursing and Health Visiting routes on this programme will enable you to gain second registration on the third part of the NMC register (professional award) plus a Postgraduate Diploma academic award. You will also be able to practise as a school nurse or health visitor. Successful completion
of the District Nursing route will enable you to record
a district nursing qualification with the NMC.
The programme is approved by the NMC. It is aligned to NMC standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses (School Nursing and Health Visiting routes). It is also aligned to V100 standards (community prescribing) and specialist professional qualification standards for District Nursing.
Previous graduates have taken up posts as school nurses, health visitors and district nurses in local Trusts.
After a period of consolidation and sometimes further study, our graduates can take up specialist or management posts within the NHS.
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Recruitment to this course is now managed locally by NHS Trusts with vacancies advertised on NHS Jobs. Please monitor NHS Jobs for vacancies or contact your local Trust for further information.
When completing the application form please ensure you clearly list all qualifications you have completed as both the NHS Trusts and City University London need to be certain you meet our entry requirements. You will also need to provide us with your original documents so we can verify these.
On your application you should select City University London as your preferred HEI. Once your application is received, if you are shortlisted you will be invited to a joint interview undertaken by your Trust and the University and asked to present your original qualifications and identity documentation. Please note: candidates must also undertake numeracy and literacy testing as part of the selection process.
City University London is part of the North Central and East London Local Education and Training Board (LETB). We work closely with Barts Health, Homerton, East London (Newham Community) and Whittington to provide training for health visiting, school nursing and district nursing, and Enfield to provide training for district nursing. You are entitled to apply to one than one Trust; however you may accept only one Trust's offer of a training place.