This PGDip public health practice: specialist community public health nursing qualification is sometimes referred to as the health visitors' diploma.
That's because becoming a qualified health visitor is one of the main career goals of the nurses and midwives who enrol on the programme.
As a student you will gain skills in leading, managing, delivering and enhancing the public health of individuals, groups, and also whole communities.
All of your practice modules will be integrated into the programme, and you will consolidate what you have learned under the supervision of a recognised practice teacher.
The Faculty welcomes applications from graduate nurses or midwives with a degree classification of 2:2 or higher. To be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Practice with SCPHN registration programme you will need to satisfy the requirements of the University of Southampton, Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Faculty of Health Science. Abatement against any part of the programme will require the completion of Accreditation of Prior Learning [APL].
More information can be found through the University website.
This programme has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The PGDip public health practice: specialist community public health nursing programme has the following structure:
There are three taught modules worth 20 credits, each at level seven, along with two pathway specific modules worth 20 and 30 credits, also at level seven.
Then there are two practice modules worth 10 and 20 credits, each at level six.
There are also four career pathways, these are: health visiting, school nursing, sexual health and occupational health nursing.
All pathways are offered on a full time or part time basis.
Southampton has a well developed history of interprofessional and transdisiplinary learning, and some aspects of your programme may be shared with students of other health professions.
Typical entry requirements
Average applications per place: 2
The Faculty welcomes applications from graduate nurses or midwives with a degree classification of 2:2 Hons or higher. To be admitted to the Postgraduate diploma in Public Health Practice with SCPHN registration programme you will need to satisfy the requirements of the University of Southampton, Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Faculty of Health Science. Abatement against any part of the programme will require the completion of Accreditation of Prior Learning [APL].
More information can be found through the University website.
Since you may be working with physically and psychologically vulnerable people, it is important that you should be in good physically and mental health on entering the programme. You will be required to undertake a health screening process and may need to update your immunisation status before going on clinical placement. Disability is not a bar to entry as long as you are capable of working as a SCPHN in your area of defined practice.
This programme is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1960. This means that you will be subject to a check by the Criminal Records Bureau and any police cautions, civil or criminal convictions will be revealed. You must disclose any police record and discuss it, in confidence, with the programme leader. Having a record will not necessarily debar you from entering the programme.
All students registered for this programme are advised to become members of a professional health related union. All places are conditional on satisfactory evidence of academic achievement and health and criminal record checks.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
The practice modules will be integrated into the programme and you will have the opportunity to consolidate what you learn at university under the supervision of a recognised practice teacher (NMC 2008). You will also be expected to integrate what you learn during the practice modules into the university based modules where you will be expected to share this learning with the rest of the cohort and this will contribute towards your award.
To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.
To conform to NMC (2004) requirements the programme, including any accredited prior learning, will consist of 52 weeks (of which 45 weeks are programmes weeks) 22.5 weeks of practice learning and 22.5 of theoretical study. Learning in practice therefore accounts for half of the time on the programme, and will be facilitated by a practice teacher and mentors who are supported by the University's Supporting Learning in Practice team.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Travel||Travel Costs Students are expected to cover petrol costs for travel to and from home to practice placement, including for elective placement and for university attendance. Free roadside parking surrounding the Highfield campus is available but this can be limited due to demand. You will need to cover any parking costs incurred for university attendance. |
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. for undertaking university academic work.|
|Books||Modules suggest reading texts as supportive background reading to the lectures. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. |
|Equipment||IT: Access to a PC or Mac will be necessary for undertaking course assignments. Students may find the use of a tablet useful for lectures but this is not essential. |
|Printing and copying||The majority of assessments are submitted online. The Assessment of Practice document and evidence folder will require a small amount of additional printed material. The Hartley library on the Highfield campus has photocopying resources available to students for a minimum charge.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.